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HOW TO GET YOUR DINNER

My wife to a yard sale recently, in which items from a deceased friend’s estate were being offered for sale, she purchased a little book of poems for fifty cents, brought it to me and said, “This is how much I love you.” Truth of the matter is, it’s a great little book, for it contains some of the most inspiring poems that I’ve ever read. One poem gave me an idea for today’s article: “How To Get Your Dinner.”
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Nitrogen

Air is 79% nitrogen. As a farmer, this makes me happy. Plant growth requires a lot of nitrogen and I don’t want to buy it. So we grow beans.
In mid-May I make furrows about two inches deep in a well-composted garden spot. We drop a couple of beans from last year’s garden every foot,, and t hen step on them to firm the seed into the earth. Dry soil is raked over top and in a few days they are up and running.
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INCH BY INCH, BIT BY BIT AMERICANS ARE LOSING THEIR FREEDOM

Inch by Inch and Bit by Bit we are losing our freedom. From Valley Forge, to San Juan Hill, to Argon Forest, to the beachheads of Normady, to Pork Chop Hill, to the rice patties of Vietnam, to the streets of Iraq, and to the mountains of Afghanistan, young Americans-both men and women, have shed their life blood that no American would ever have to live in , and I for one do not intend to sit idly by and allow their death to have been in vain. I’m not much, but I’m something, and I will not clam up, and I hope many feel as I do, so that political Liberal perverts can’t rob this country of the freedom handed down to us by our forefathers.
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As the Heat Turns Up

I’m falling, as the heat turns up during the first few weeks of August, we are planting the fall garden. Lovely carrots and beautiful beets are dug and snug in the cave. The rows of the roots are turning from orange and red underground to green leaves waving in the air.
Gardening, like all of life, is change. As soon as a crop is finished, out it goes and in goes the next. By keeping the garden weed-free, it’s relatively easy to sow again. And when it does get weedy, the bushhog and plows are ready to help.
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So You Want National Health Care?

Are you sure you want national health care? What is it? National health care is one example of the socially elite’s attempt to turn America into a socialistic country and strip people of their individual rights to manage their own health care. Look at two or three items in this Health Care Reform Bill:
Page 42: The “Health Choices Commissions” will decide health benefits for you. You will have no choice. A social engineer in Washington will over rule your doctor.
Page 425: Government provides approved list of end-of-life resources, guiding you in death.
Page 427: Government mandates program that orders end-of-life treatment; government dictates how your life ends.
Page 430: Government will decide what level of treatments you have at the end-of-life.
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“DON’T ROCK THE BOAT!”

We’ve heard it for years, and it is no less uttered today than in past generations. It is nearly always heard from the lips of a coward, or else one whose chief motivation is that of fulfilling the wants of the outward man instead of meeting the needs of the inward person. The cry is heard, “Look out for number one, or else you will capsize your boat and perish in the sea of your convictions.”
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I Think, Therefore I Can

I think, therefore I can. Amidst the abundant summer harvest, I consider our winter provisions. A peek in the cellar revealed empty shelves, and the Blue Lake beans were perfect. After sending 12 bushels of beans to Nashville, we picked two more for ourselves.
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THE WINDS OF RELIGIONS CHANGE

I never cease to be amazed at the gimmicks being employed by some churches to lure people to their places of worship. I can remember when meeting houses were strictly places of spiritual enrichment, but of the late they have become centers of recreation and social activities.
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Volunteer Gardner

Volunteer Gardner is a public television show on at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays and 9:30 a.m. on Sundays. I’ve been appearing on it for ten years or so. It’s ironic, because I don’t watch tv. Each year I get a copy of the ones we’ve shot, but I’ve not watched any from the last three or four years, and there are many others I’ve never seen.
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Biodynamic Farm Extension Agent

I am a biodynamic farm extension agent, visiting organic gardens and farms and offering advice. This was not planned. It just happens that many gardens are sprouting up to meet the demand for local produce, and I’ve been a local market gardener for 30 years. If someone with 30 years of experience in organic growing in Tennessee had visited me when I started, they could have saved me 20 years of mistakes.
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SOCIAL SECURITY GOING, GOING, GONE

One day the well will go dry, and those who have been drinking from it, including those who anticipate drinking from it, will go to the mailbox but there will be no social security check. Believe me, it was a great day when FDR pushed through the Social Security funds at an alarming rate.
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Moon Signs

Old timers often times planted by the moon signs. I’m frequently asked if I do, and I don’t know what to say. Although I pay attention to the moon’s phases and signs, I generally go about my business regardless of it. The moon obviously affects that water of the earth, and consequently it can’t help but affect plant growth.
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WHAT THIS SIGNIFIES…

According to a recent issue of The Tennessean of the 100 freshman who enter four-year Tennessee colleges this fall only 45 will graduate within six years. These statistics have changed very little in recent years. Each new administration in the state’s capital tackle the problem by adding more required courses for high school students, which usually ends in more “pushouts” from secondary schools. What does this signify? Students don’t want to stay in college, some have to dropout for many problems. The politicians and the career people in the State Department of Education don’t have a clue how to resolve the problem. Last, but not least, many are urged to go to college when they need to be enrolling in vocational and technical schools operated by the state, not the independent schools, for they are to costly.
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Organic Farming

Organic farming is how folks have grown food throughout history, up until about a hundred years ago. After a few decades of chemicals, a new organic farming movement arose, along with much confusion. I’m still trying to figure it out and sort the myths from reality.
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Corrupting Power Unmasked

Generally speaking, communities do not corrupt a nation; instead, the nation corrupts communities.  As a nation goes, so do the communities.  Television has been a corrupting power.  So has many of the other means of modern communications.  Without doubt, though, government from D.C. on down to the local courthouse and even the city hall has been responsible for much of the deceptive and corruption that has spread across this country like wildfire. 
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Greenhouses

Many new organic gardeners feel the need for a greenhouse, an irrigation system and raised beds, but not for tractors, plows and animals.  In this regard, and a few others, I find myself to be more conventional.  To use the word organic now, you must follow rules set by the USDA which I don’t, and you can use materials which I won’t.
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SHALL THE LIBERALS TAX THE BURPING COWS

Leave it to the liberal Democrats to come up with new taxes. But they’ve really outdone themselves in their latest scheme to find more taxes fir their liberal treasury. It seems that pollution and global warming have become their number one concern, and that they aim to hold all responsible who “contribute” to it.
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Tip of the Iceberg

Iceberg is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to lettuce varieties. The garden has ten different kinds this year. Alternating rows of red and green one five the beds a striped appearance. Gardening is like a painting that changes weekly.
Leaf lettuces do not make heads. Black seeded Simpson is the most well known. We grow Red Sails, which has red frilly leaves and gets big. It doesn’t pack and ship well because it is so tender.
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THE DEATH OF CAPITALISM: OBIT

After a meticulous autopsy, performed by conservative Republicans and Blue Dog Democrats, it was announced last week that Capitalism passed away suddenly in January 2009 when a new administration in D.C. decided to put an end to Prosperity. For years Capitalism and Prosperity had been like Siamese twins… where one was found the other was not far behind. It seems that each fed off of the other. When Americans invested their resources in a new adventure, Capitalism paid off in terms of profits and jobs, and Prosperity followed. But Prosperity has never been content to remain the fruits of Capitalism, investing its profits in capitalistic opportunities, which produced more capital and more job opportunities with it.
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Music Makes the World Go 'Round

Music makes the world go ‘round, soothes the wild beasts, and has a universal appeal. All cultures make some kind of music, and it can be as different as night and day. With seven acres of vegetables planted (finally), you know we do a lot of picking. But there is always time for picking guitars, too.
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