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"Molecular evidence suggests that our common ancestor with chimpanzees lived, in Africa, between five and seven million years ago, say half a million generations ago. This is not long by evolutionary standards … in your left hand you hold the right hand of your mother. In turn she holds the hand of her mother, your grandmother. Your grandmother holds her mother's hand, and so on … How far do we have to go until we reach our common ancestor with the chimpanzees? It is a surprisingly short way. Allowing one yard per person, we arrive at the ancestor we share with chimpanzees in under 300 miles." - Richard Dawkins

 
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...WB speaking of something many in permaculture already know

"Our present idea of freedom is only the freedom to do as we please: to sell ourselves for a high salary, a home in the suburbs, and idle weekends. But that is a freedom dependent upon affluence, which is in turn dependent upon the rapid consumption of exhaustible supplies. The other kind of freedom is the freedom to take care of ourselves and of each other." -Wendell Berry
 
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Wendell Berry wrote:The other kind of freedom is the freedom to take care of ourselves and of each other." -Wendell Berry



This.

Thanks Judith,

Wendell Berry is a favorite. He has such a beautiful way of looking at he world. I still have much of his work left to discover. I should probably get some in print.
 
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Landon Sunrich wrote:

Wendell Berry wrote:The other kind of freedom is the freedom to take care of ourselves and of each other." -Wendell Berry



This.

Thanks Judith,

Wendell Berry is a favorite. He has such a beautiful way of looking at he world. I still have much of his work left to discover. I should probably get some in print.



If you haven't already read it try "The Mad Farmer Liberation Front" One of my favorites of his poetry and just an affirmation of where I'm at most of the time
...and it's on line ...as much as he hates computers most of his poetry and many essays are here.
 
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'Sometimes it's better to light a flamethrower than curse the darkness'.

RIP Terry Pratchett, who died this afternoon.
 
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"When I was a kid, I had an imaginary friend- my raggidy doctor, but he wasn't imaginary, he was real.
I found you, the words like you knew I would; that's why you told me the story, the brand new ancient blue box...
Something old, something new, something blue... I remember you!"

-Amy Pond, Doctor Who
 
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Once men turned their thinking over to machines in the hope that this would set them free. But that only permitted other men with machines to enslave them.
Gaius Hellen mohiam.
 
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I love Robert Fulghum's writings! I enjoy revisiting his works again and again because they really get really deep and touching without sounding preachy. It's just a collection of stories. Here is a nice paraphrase from one of the stories:

In an aboriginal society on an island in an Pacific, the natives can be seen yelling at trees that cannot be felled. It is said that after a certain number of days yelling at the trees, their spirits are killed and the tree dies and falls over... In modern society, we yell at cars, dogs, electronics, etc... But what is accomplished from all of this yelling?...

(not the best paraphrase, I know, so here's a quote)

"Sticks and stones may break our bones, but words will always hurt us."

-Robert Folghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten
 
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"The way out is the way in!"
-Sarkan Aung Wan from Going After Cacciato by Tim O' Brien
 
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Spring Blessing

One day you wake up
able to name the weight
you’ve been carrying.
Realizing it’s not part of your body or your being,
not essential in any way to journeying or joy,
you set it down gently, without fanfare
in the long soft grass at the side of the road
and walk on
surprised to find yourself
smiling in the warm sun
for no particular reason.

~Oriah Mountain Dreamer © 2015
 
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"Why fart and waste it,
when you can burp and taste it,"
-Queen, a wonderful Bollywood movie about a woman finding a new lease on life
 
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I have followed a blog from a New York city gal recently http://athingirl.com

Some of her friends/followers were talking back and forth. This is what I heard in no particular order': "We are as sick as our secrets because they only weigh us down."
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"...believe me, I'm a fan. I'd buy the tshirt if there was a tshirt to buy"
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"Believe me, CRAZY has a large membership."
This is a neat slant on motivation,
https://greenwalledtower.wordpress.com/2015/04/14/gomotivateme-com/#comments
 
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"No one in the world was ever you before, with your particular gifts and abilities and possibilities. It's a shame to waste those by doing what someone else has done."

Joseph Campbell, interviewed by Tom Collins for In Context - A Quarterly of Humane Sustainable Culture, Winter 1985/86


 
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my granddaughter shared this...
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"Your world is all change, all journeying, and nothing that happens and no one that lives is ever lost," said Snake.

-OMG! This was a great quote, and it touched my heart a lot. Considering that I'm going off to college this upcoming August, this idea/quote made happy. it reminds me that this world is all change and that trying to be happy in one place or time is useless for everything changes. So the best way to be content is for me to be content with change and be content with myself. It is also pretty sweet in that it reminds me that life is a continuous journey; there is no end, but death. And even that, may or may not be an end. We don't know. I also like the ending of the quote in how it reminds me that no one and nothing is ever "lost' per se. Kind of tangent to the Amy Remembers the Doctor scene, all you need is a memory to bring something back. Memories are blueprints in way.

"Each of us can do more than [he or she] knows. It takes only the teaching," said Peth.

-I love this quote because it emphasizes importance of learning and acting on what we have learned. The doing reinforces what we have been learned, but at the same time it emphasizes the value of knowing. Even just one speck of knowledge can make a difference, even if you learned, heard, or read it only once. "It takes only the teaching" to 'do more than [he or she] knows."

Now that AP exams are over and all our class projects are over, I recently began reading a novel for fun: Seaward by Susan Cooper.
 
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"Nature is trying very hard

to make us succeed,

but nature does not depend on us.

We are not the only experiment."

~Richard Buckminster Fuller

(1895 –1983, systems theorist, architect,

engineer, mathematician,

designer, inventor, and futurist)
 
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Happy Birthday Aldous Huxley

"Great is truth, but still greater, from a practical point of view, is silence about truth. By simply not mentioning certain subjects... totalitarian propagandists have influenced opinion much more effectively than they could have by the most eloquent denunciations."
― Aldous Huxley, who was born on this day in 1894
 
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"If the white man wants to live in peace with the Indian, he can live in peace.....Treat all men alike. Give them all the same law. Give them all an even chance to live and grow. All men were made by the same Great Spirit Chief. They are all brothers. The Earth is the mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it.......Let me be a free man, free to travel, free to stop, free to work, free to trade....where I choose my own teachers, free to follow the religion of my fathers, free to think and talk and act for myself, and I will obey every law, or submit to the penalty." -Chief Joseph (Nez Perce)
 
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"If you keep cutting that board, it's never gonna get any longer."
-Odin Deviley, age 2 1/2
 
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big Tom Waits fan here......just ran across this again.....

"This is about all the bad days in the world. I used to have some little bad days, and I kept them in a little box. And one day, I threw them out into the yard. "Oh, it's just a couple little innocent bad days." Well, we had a big rain. I don't know what it was growing in but I think we used to put eggshells out there and coffee grounds, too. Don't plant your bad days. They grow into weeks. The weeks grow into months. Before you know it you got yourself a bad year. Take it from me. Choke those little bad days. Choke 'em down to nothin'. They're your days. Choke 'em!”
― Tom Waits
 
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Judith Browning wrote:
"This is about all the bad days in the world. I used to have some little bad days, and I kept them in a little box. And one day, I threw them out into the yard. "Oh, it's just a couple little innocent bad days." Well, we had a big rain. I don't know what it was growing in but I think we used to put eggshells out there and coffee grounds, too. Don't plant your bad days. They grow into weeks. The weeks grow into months. Before you know it you got yourself a bad year. Take it from me. Choke those little bad days. Choke 'em down to nothin'. They're your days. Choke 'em!”
― Tom Waits



Damn that's good Judith. I needed that.
 
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"Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom."

~Viktor E. Frankl
 
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Judith Browning wrote:"Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom."

~Viktor E. Frankl



Damnit Judith, you're always getting me so good with all of these.
 
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Cassie Langstraat wrote:

Judith Browning wrote:"Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom."

~Viktor E. Frankl



Damnit Judith, you're always getting me so good with all of these.



hahaha...I read a lot but I am really hooked on quotes....they can say in such a small space something so profound and to the point.....poetry also, so much philosophical thought in condensed form......
 
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Judith Browning wrote:

hahaha...I read a lot but I am really hooked on quotes....they can say in such a small space something so profound and to the point.....poetry also, so much philosophical thought in condensed form......



Oh I am so hooked too. Always have been. It's all I do on pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/ephemeralcas/lovely-words/
 
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Well, and pin surrealist art: https://www.pinterest.com/ephemeralcas/amazing-art/
 
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a flurry of ram dass quotes...this is just where I'm at lately...one of my peers that I finally have the time and opportunity to read and watch.....


“The Ego is an exquisite instrument. Enjoy it, use it–just don’t get lost in it.”

“Information is just bits of data. Knowledge is putting them together. Wisdom is transcending them. A feeling of aversion or attachment toward something is your clue that there’s work to be done.”

“There’s much more in any given moment than we usually perceive, and that we ourselves are much more than we usually perceive. When you know that, part of you can stand outside the drama of your life.”

“Remember, we are all affecting the world every moment, whether we mean to or not. Our actions and states of mind matter, because we’re so deeply interconnected with one another. Working on our own consciousness is the most important thing that we are doing at any moment, and being love is the supreme creative act.”

“I used to have a sign over my computer that read OLD DOGS CAN LEARN NEW TRICKS, but lately I sometimes ask myself how many more new tricks I want to learn. Wouldn’t it be easier just to be outdated?”


EDIT...one more
“When you go out into the woods, and you look at trees, you see all these different trees. And some of them are bent, and some of them are straight, and some of them are evergreens, and some of them are whatever. And you look at the tree and you allow it. You see why it is the way it is. You sort of understand that it didn’t get enough light, and so it turned that way. And you don’t get all emotional about it. You just allow it. You appreciate the tree. The minute you get near humans, you lose all that. And you are constantly saying ‘You are too this, or I’m too this.’ That judgment mind comes in. And so I practice turning people into trees. Which means appreciating them just the way they are.”
 
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“We have become, by the power of a glorious evolutionary accident called intelligence, the stewards of life's continuity on earth. We did not ask for this role, but we cannot abjure it. We may not be suited to it, but here we are.” ~Stephen Gould
 
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I got to see Joel Salatin talk this weekend and he ended with his classic encouraging statement of “If It’s Worth Doing, It’s Worth Doing Poorly First.”

I didn't know this was one of his classic quotes, but it really resonated with me. I know that certain things require detailed plans... But for me, as an over-thinker and over-planner, it really just set my little mind at ease. You gotta make mistakes sometimes, and that is okay. Just don't let the over-thinkage turn you into a stagnate pile of lameness and get going!.
 
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Being powerful is like being a lady, if you have to tell people you are, then you aren't.
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" Japanese Zen master, Bankei, had a wonderful line in his teachings. He said, "Don't side with yourself." This is a good reminder to keep an open mind......." -Joseph Goldstein
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" The aim of argument, or of discussion, should not be victory, but progress." -Joseph Joubert
 
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“Poetry is a way of surviving the emotional chaos, spiritual confusions, and traumatic events that come with being alive.” —Gregory Orr
 
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"What is chaos?"
------"We do not comment on economic policy."

"Is it possible to make ends meet on salary alone?"
------"We don't know. We never tried."

-Armenian Radio interviewing its listeners; The Tiger by John Vaillant
 
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"Our true nature is like a precious jewel: although it may be temporarily buried in mud, it remains completely brilliant and unaffected. We simply have to uncover it."
~Pema Chodron
 
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Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence; true friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.
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I think this is a nice analogy about really feeling compassion for all.....my choice of quote is partly in response to the gun discussion in another thread that, for me, has very troubling views about how to treat our fellow humans...........

"Indeed, if your own best friend went mad and came at you with a knife to kill you, what would you do? You would seek to disarm your friend, but then you would not proceed to beat the person, would you? You would disarm the attacker in whatever way you could—you might even have to hit the person in order to disarm him, but once you had managed to disarm him, you would not go on to hurt him. Why? Because he is close to you. If you felt that everyone in the whole universe was in the same relationship to you as your very best friend, and if you saw anyone who attacked you as your best friend gone mad, you would not respond with hatred. You would respond with behavior that was appropriate, but you would not be seeking to retaliate and harm the person out of hatred." -Jeffrey Hopkins

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