The current issue
First off, I'd like to thank the lady at John Deere that sent me so many back issues of their magazine "The Furrow." They have some terrific permaculture ideas for large scale farmers that really educated me on that end of the scale! One benefit of their mag is the fun and philosophy section at the back. I'll share some with you.
-Every day that is born into the world comes through like a burst of music and rings the whole day through, and you make of it a dance, a dirge, or a life march, as you will. (Thomas Carlyle)
-To live in the presence of great truths and eternal laws--that is what keeps a man patient when the world ignores him, and calm and unspoiled when the world praises him. (Honore de Balzac)
-An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered; an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered. (Gilbert Keith Chesterton) kinda sounds like me, eh?
-Sometimes it is not enough to do our best; we must do what is required (Winston Churchill)
-There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them. (Denis Waitley)
-Little progress can be made by merely attempting to repress what is evil. OUr great hope lies in developing what is good. (Calvin Coolidge)
-No man is great enough or wise enough for any of us to surrender our destiny to. The only way in which anyone can lead us is to restore to us the belief in our own guidance. (Henry Miller)
-Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence. (John Adams)
And I absolutely LOVE the Capsule Sermons. Talk about a lot in a little!
-The most wasted day is the one in which we have not laughed.
-Pick your friends, but not to pieces.
-An unusual amount of common sense is sometimes called wisdom.
-Never point a finger where you never lent a hand.
-You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club. (a personal favorite of mine!)
-The best remedy for a short temper is a long walk.
-The eyes only see what the mind is prepared to comprehend.
-It's not what we have but what we enjoy that constitutes our abundance.
-You will never plow a field by turning it over in your mind.
-There is no failure except in no longer trying.
-A mistake is at least evidence that you tried to do something.
-If you saw yourself as others see you, you wouldn't believe your eyes.
See? Not only do I get some great education, I get, well, more great education! If anyone is interested, you can call them up at 913-310-8302 or talk to your local John Deere dealer to get yourself some copies. You can also read it online at www.deere.com/en_US/ag/furrow/index.html They're not perfect (there was an article about Roundup Ready--aka GMO-- soybeans in one), but if you've got the sense to find the good articles about organics and building soil health without chemicals, it's a great resource. Happy reading!