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Chris

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  1. It's Just One Day

    As I sit down to write this, I’ve just completed another yearly tradition. That being, watching Peppermint Patty’s ungrateful ass give Charlie Brown a hard time about the meager offerings served up for an impromptu Thanksgiving dinner. And while watching, it kinda helped a few things on my mind gel together, a message I feel compelled to share with the world. Or the twelve or so of you that read this. This year our celebration of Thanksgiving is looking a little different, thanks to the pesky little virus known as Covid-19 floating around. Health officials are urging Americans to reconsider large gatherings this year in an effort to stem the continued rise of infection across the country. And of course people, weary of having to put their lives on hold, are pushing back. I’m not here to tell you how to live your life or make a case for or against these warnings. However I’d like to point out to my fellow Americans that despite what they may think, no one is “canceling” anything this year. We’re merely being asked to do things a little differently than we normally would, or than we would like, for Thanksgiving. By it’s very name, “Thanksgiving” tells us what the day is all about. Notice it’s not called, “Macy’s Parade Day”, or “Huge Family Feast Day”? It’s called “Thanksgiving”, a day to give thanks for what we have. Simple enough. Like Peppermint Patty, I think too many Americans have forgotten the reason for the day. And despite all the hardship this pandemic has brought us as a country, we still have so much to be thankful for. But folks, it’s just one day. Hell, it’s not even a whole day, it’s a few hours of one day. And yeah I understand the argument that we should still celebrate this year, because we don’t know that we’ll be here next year. But let’s be honest, there’s no guarantee we’ll even be here tomorrow let alone in a year. But if you knew there was a chance that you could increase the odds of one or more of your loved ones becoming gravely ill or dying, would you still do it? Of course not, right? Then what’s the problem? As for me and my family, we’ll be staying home this year and having Thanksgiving dinner here instead of going to my parent’s or in-law’s house like usual. Yeah, it’ll suck. A lot of things have really sucked this year, just like I told our sons it would way back in March. And like we’ve done these past several months, we’ll adjust, do what needs to be done, and know that if we’re smart, maybe things will be better next year. Making that change for one day, this one time, could make all the difference, and ensure that we’ll all still be here and healthy for Christmas and beyond. So maybe instead of thinking negatively about how different things will be this Thanksgiving, maybe this year celebrate the day in its purest form. This Thursday stay home and have a small turkey, or even a bowl of Kraft macaroni and cheese. Observe the holiday for what it is: A day to be grateful for all that we have here, now. ( I’d have suggested Chinese takeout, but the irony of that would be too deliciously funny, even for me. ) Happy Thanksgiving.
  2. Hunting And A Tradition Of Giving

    That's really a great program.
  3. Sounding The Alarm For Volunteer Recruitment

    Part of the problem is people don't actually "live" in their communities any more. They commute to other towns for work, and then when they get home after grocery shopping, taking the kids to whatever activity, etc. there's so little time to meet the more stringent demands a volunteer faces. It's not like the old days when the siren went off and the farmers came and did whatever they could to help. There's mandatory state training, regular department drills, etc. It's a lot of time and dedication.
  4. Let The Talking Heads Roll

    No, not them. Let me ask you a question, America. Say you and your friend are discussing sports. You’re a Bills fan, and your friend is a Dolphins fan. You’ve long disagreed over who was the best team. Time and again you’ve discussed this, and are equally entrenched in your position that your team is the best team. You insist that your team’s quarterback is the best, while your friend insists that no, it’s their teams. Neither of you will bend, and these discussions even get heated from time to time. Would you sever ties with your friend over such a disagreement? Of course not, right? Because at the end of the day, it’s really not that influential on your life. And if is, I’d argue your friend isn’t the problem. I ask this because recently a television news talking head, let’s call him “Ron Lime,” announced that he had done exactly that with friends of his that were supporters of Donald Trump. Now, I’m not here to argue politics, so we won’t go down that road. What I will say is it matters little who his friends supported or “Mr. Citrus” does, what matters is that a person would care so little for the people in their life that they would do something like that. “I had to get rid of them, they’re too far gone,” “Citrus” said. “And they have to want to get help, they have to want to know the truth, they have to want to live in reality, they have to want to be responsible not only for other people’s lives but for their lives.” I guess Ron’s proud of himself for doing this, but me, I think it’s not only pathetic, it speaks to his character. Or lack thereof. But that's how the talking heads roll I guess. Perhaps they weren’t really friends to begin with, at least that’s what I think. Because I know I have friends who I disagree with on a wide variety of issues and I can’t imagine being so fragile in my own beliefs, so thin skinned, as to say to them, “Begone from my life, ye peasants who believe not in that which I do.” You’ve got to be kidding me! That doesn’t mean I have to like their beliefs. Hell, I don’t even have to respect their beliefs. Comedian Patton Oswalt said it best when he said, “You’ve gotta respect everyone’s beliefs." No, you don’t. That’s what gets us in trouble. Look, you have to acknowledge everyone’s beliefs, and then you have to reserve the right to go: ‘That is fucking stupid. Are you kidding me?’ I acknowledge that you believe that, that’s great, but I’m not going to respect it.” But, I can also acknowledge that despite whatever my friend thinks, I can still maintain a healthy relationship with that person, for the most part. There’s exceptions of course. If someone wants to act like a raging asshole over what was supposed to be a nice dinner, then I might consider putting them on ice a while. But generally speaking, I can be an adult and respond on a scale of "bovine stare" to, “Have you fallen and hit your head recently?” That people would sever ties with someone over a difference of opinions or who someone voted for is idiotic. To announce it to the world like it’s something to be proud of is taking it to a level i can’t begin to understand. Look, we only get so many days on this side of the dirt. Ask yourself, does much of what goes on inside The Beltway really have a drastic impact your life on a day to day basis? I can't say it does on mine. For the most part I get up, go to work ( well, in a normal year ) come home, and otherwise live my life the same today as I did six years ago. And you know what? It'll probably be the same six years from now. Stop letting the talking heads fill you with fear, anger and more to the point, affecting how you perceive the people in your life. They're not worth it. Hell, none of it is.
  5. Our Local Whiskeys

    I would love to come across one of those Lowman whiskey bottles someday!
  6. Carrot Cupcakes With Cream-Cheese Frosting

    Yeah right? As if I wasn’t already ballooning up.
  7. Bookworms

    I'm currently reading A View From The Buggy: True And Inspiring Stories Of The Amish Life by Jerry Eicher. It's not terrible, it's stories told by Amish people about a variety of aspects of their lives. Much like the people, the stories are simple, if a little sugar coated. But it's something good to read before bed and take your mind off of current world events.
  8. Show Off Your Critters!

  9. Random Chat

    Yep. They still had some available there in the office
  10. Poultry Chat

    Our newest batch of layers arrived today: Once again I'm real happy with Meyer Hatchery. We've ordered from them for years now and have had very few, if any, problems. I noticed with this shipment they put a heat pack under the bedding to keep the chicks warmer in transit. Additionally, they added a package of their Gro-gel to give the chicks upon arrival. I don't know if they're eating it, but its there if they need something to peck at. We ordered 20 chicks as well as their "Meal Maker" chick that they send for free. I think the meal maker they sent me was a White Rock, at least thats what they said was on the Meal Maker list this week.
  11. Random Chat

    For the first time this week I took a ride to town. Felt kinda weird. Anyhow, I went to get some bluebird boxes our local Soil and Water board makes. All the lumber milling and construction of the boxes is done right here locally.And they're only $8 a piece, so I bought four.
  12. Argh! I knew I was forgetting something! I have some other seeds to give you, mainly eggplant, as well.
  13. My Father's Centennial

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this!
  14. Amazon Book Deal Of The Day

    Storey's books are the best, I highly recommend them.
  15. Amazon Book Deal Of The Day

    Local: The New Face of Food And Farming In America by Douglas Gayeton Get it on Amazon for $2.99 Combining stunning visuals with insights and a lexicon of more than 200 agricultural terms explained by today’s thought leaders, Local showcases and explores one of the most popular environmental trends: rebuilding local food movements. When Douglas Gayeton took his young daughter to see the salmon run—a favorite pastime growing up in Northern California—he was devastated to find that a combination of urban sprawl, land mismanagement, and pollution had decimated the fish population. The discovery set Gayeton on a journey in search of sustainable solutions. He traveled the country, photographing and learning the new language of sustainability from today’s foremost practitioners in food and farming, including Alice Waters, Wes Jackson, Carl Safina, Temple Grandin, Paul Stamets, Patrick Holden, Barton Seaver, Vandana Shiva, Dr. Elaine Ingham, and Joel Salatin, as well as everyday farmers, fishermen, and dairy producers. Local: The New Face of Food and Farming blends their insights with stunning collage-like information artworks and Gayeton’s Lexicon of Sustainability, which defines and de-mystifies hundreds of terms like “food miles,” “locavore,” “organic,” “grassfed” and “antibiotic free.” In doing so, Gayeton helps people understand what they mean for their lives. He also includes “eco tips” and other information on how the sustainable movement affects us all every day. Local: The New Face of Food and Farming in America educates, engages, and inspires people to pay closer attention to how they eat, what they buy, and where their responsibility begins for creating a healthier, safer food system in America.
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