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  • Actual happiness looks pretty squalid in comparison with the overcompensations for misery. And, of course, stability isn’t nearly so spectacular as instability. And being contented has none of the glamour of a good fight against misfortune, none of the picturesqueness of a struggle with temptation, or a fatal overthrow by passion or doubt. Happiness is never grand. - Aldous Huxley, Brave New World
  • Education
    "Must we always teach our children with books? Let them look at the stars and the mountains above. Let them look at the waters and the trees and flowers on Earth. Then they will begin to think, and to think is the beginning of a real education." -David Polis
  • "Above all, do not lose your desire to walk: every day I walk myself into a state of well-being and walk away from every illness; I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it... but by sitting still, and the more one sits still, the closer one becomes to feeling ill... Thus if one just keeps walking, everything will be all right." -Soren Kierckgaard
  • Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. - Albert Camus
  • How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. Annie Dillard

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October 12, 2007



So glad to have another entry! I didn't realize you had a walnut tree in the yard.
It's nice to have a "little day" every once in a while, I think I'll have one today!!

Michelle Shutty

Yes, the tree is in the back corner, near the old dog house. With the plums, cherry, apple & walnut trees, this yard produces a lot of food! Enjoy your little day!

Aunt Suey

Thanks for the research Michelle. Looks like my one tree in my backyard. Which drives me crazy as the squirrels are all over it. I didn't realize it was walnuts we could eat...although after reading all the work involved, not sure I can make the effort. Let me know how your walnuts turn out and maybe I'll be inspired!

Michelle Shutty

Hi Suz,

Many say the black walnuts are a real delicacy, mine are drying now, I'll let you know. It wasn't bad getting the hulls off, but you MUST wear gloves, my fingers were stained a dark brown color for two weeks. Luckily, I don't have to worry about looking presentable, but it could be embarassing for a working woman!


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