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The family farm If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him… the people who give you their food give you their heart. ~Cesar Chavez

Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon. ~Doug Larson

As a society, we devalued farming as an occupation and encouraged the best students to leave the farm for ‘better’ jobs in the city. We emptied America’s rural counties in order to supply workers to urban factories. ~Michael Pollan

Remember that creating a successful marriage is like farming: you have to start over again every morning. ~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Urban conservationists may feel entitled to be unconcerned about food production because they are not farmers. But they can’t be let off so easily, for they are all farming by proxy. ~Wendell Berry

Italians come to ruin most generally in three ways, women, gambling, and farming. My family chose the slowest one. ~Pope John XXIII

Family farms and small businesses are the backbone of our communities. ~Tom Allen

The only rock I know that stays steady, the only institution I know that works, is the family. ~Lee Iacocca

A family is a place where principles are hammered and honed on the anvil of everyday living. ~Charles R. Swindoll

In the past 40 years, the United States lost more than a million farmers and ranchers. Many of our farmers are aging. Today, only nine percent of family farm income comes from farming, and more and more of our farmers are looking elsewhere for their primary source of income. ~Tom Vilsack

The wildest colts make the best horses. ~Plutarch




“It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the Union. … Men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less.” ~ Susan B. Anthony

“The best protection any woman can have… is courage.” ~ Elizabeth Cady Stanton

“I think, with never-ending gratitude, that the young women of today do not and can never know at what price their right to free speech and to speak at all in public has been earned.” ~ Lucy Stone

“Look back, to slavery, to suffrage, to integration and one thing is clear.  Fashions in bigotry come and go. The right thing lasts.” ~ Anna Quindlen

“If women want any rights more than they’s got, why don’t they just take them, and not be talking about it.” ~ Sojourner Truth

“People say, what is the sense of our small effort? They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time. A pebble cast into a pond causes ripples that spread in all directions. Each one of our thoughts, words and deeds is like that. No one has a right to sit down and feel hopeless. There is too much work to do.” ~ Dorothy Day

“Men and women are like right and left hands; it doesn’t make sense not to use both.” ~ Jeannette Rankin

“I never doubted that equal rights was the right direction. Most reforms, most problems are complicated. But to me there is nothing complicated about ordinary equality.” ~ Alice Paul

“To the wrongs that need resistance, To the right that needs assistance, To the future in the distance, Give yourselves.” ~ Carrie Chapman Catt

“I know nothing of man’s rights, or woman’s rights; human rights are all that I recognize.” ~ Sarah Moore Grimke



“Probably one of the most private things in the world is an egg before it is broken.” ~ M.F.K. Fisher

“A box without hinges, key, or lid, Yet golden treasure inside is hid.” ~ J.R.R. Tolkien

“Do you see this egg? With this you can topple every theological theory, every church or temple in the world.” ~ Denis Diderot

“Everything must break open in order to live. The seed must break open in order for the tree to grow. The egg must break open in order for life to emerge. The Earth must be turned and the cloud must burst. You were never meant to stay in your shell.” ~ Thomas Lloyd Qualls

“Can’t unscramble the egg no matter your wisdom and determination.” ~ Kaleb Kilton

“Noise proves nothing. Often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she laid an asteroid.” ~ Mark Twain

“It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg.  We are like eggs at present.  And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg.  We must be hatched or go bad.” ~ C.S. Lewis

“The present was an egg laid by the past that had the future inside its shell.” ~ Zora Neale Hurston

“The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it.” ~ Arnold H. Glasow

“An egg today is better than a hen tomorrow.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

“Remember, people will judge you by your actions, not your intentions. You may have a heart of gold, but so does a hard-boiled egg.” ~ Anonymous

“You know what Brian? You can go suck an egg.” ~ Alan Anderson




“August rain: the best of the summer gone, and the new fall not yet born.  The odd uneven time.” ~ Sylvia Plath

“August, the summer’s last messenger of misery, is a hollow actor.” ~ Henry Rollins

“The month of August had turned into a griddle where the days just lay there and sizzled.” ~ Sue Monk Kidd

“August was nearly over – the month of apples and falling stars, the last care-free month for the school children.  The days were not hot, but sunny and limpidly clear – the first sign of advancing autumn.” ~ Victor Nekrasov

“August is a gentle reminder for not doing a single thing from your new year resolution for seven months and not doing it for the next five.” ~ Crestless Wave

“August is that last flicker of fun and heat before everything fades and dies. The final moments of fun before the freeze. In the winter, everything changes.” ~ Rasmenia Massoud

“August is ripening grain in the fields blowing hot and sunny, the scent of tree-ripened peaches, of hot buttered sweet corn on the cob. Vivid dahlias fling huge tousled blossoms through gardens and joe-pye-weed dusts the meadow purple.” ~ Jean Hersey

“When summer opens, I see how fast it matures, and fear it will be short; but after the heats of July and August, I am reconciled, like one who has had his swing, to the cool of autumn.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“That August time it was delight/To watch the red moons wane to white.” ~ Algernon Charles Swinburne

“I bet deep down you still wish your mom would take you clothes shopping every August for the new school year.” ~ Bridget Willard

“August rushes by like desert rainfall, A flood of frenzied upheaval, Expected, But still catching me unprepared.” ~ Elizabeth Maua Taylor


The Lord of the Rings “There’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo… and it’s worth fighting for.” ~ Samwise Gamgee

“It is useless to meet revenge with revenge: it will heal nothing.” ~ Frodo Baggins

“Deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised.” ~ Aragorn

“Even the smallest person can change the course of history.” ~ Lady Galadriel

“It’s the job that’s never started as takes longest to finish.” ~ Samwise Gamgee

“Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.” ~ Gandalf

“Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.” ~ Gimli

“It is not despair, for despair is only for those who see the end beyond all doubt. We do not!” ~ Gandalf

“The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.” ~ Haldir

“A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship. But it is not THIS day.” ~ Aragorn

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” ~ Thorin Oakenshield

“I wish none of this had happened.” “So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” ~ Frodo Baggins, Gandalf

“They’re taking the hobbits to Isengard!” ~ Legolas. See page 9


Right to Protest

“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth.” ~ William Faulkner

“We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” ~ Elie Wiesel

“Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.” ~ Desmond Tutu

“I love America more than any other country in the world and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.” ~ James Baldwin

“The duty of youth is to challenge corruption.” ~ Kurt Cobain

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” ~ John F. Kennedy

“Protest beyond the law is not a departure from democracy; it is absolutely essential to it.” ~ Howard Zinn

“No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.” ~ Barbara Ehrenreich

“And I must say tonight that a riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it America has failed to hear? … It has failed to hear that the promises of freedom and justice have not been met. And it has failed to hear that large segments of white society are more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice and humanity.’” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

“If one of us falls victim to injustice and we do not speak out, we all fall.” ~ Torron-Lee Dewar


Hot weather

“When the weather is hot, keep a cool mind. When the weather is cold, keep a warm heart.” ~ Ajahn Brahm

“When I feel the heat, I see the light.” ~ Everett Dirksen

“What grows best in the heat: fantasy, unreason, lust.” ~ Salman Rushdie

“Iced tea is too pure and natural a creation not to have been invented as soon as tea, ice, and hot weather crossed paths.” ~ John Egerton

“The Bermuda Triangle got tired of warm weather. It moved to Alaska. Now, Santa Claus is missing.” ~ Steven Wright

“I’m glad it’s finally hot enough to complain about how hot it is.” ~ Unknown

“The most obnoxious thing in the world is to listen to others drone on about how much they love the heat.” ~ Unknown

“Surely, anyway, a working day of eight or nine hours which is not split by a nap is simply too much for a human being to take, day in, day out, and particularly so in hot weather.” ~ Tom Hodgkinson

“This kind of heat sucks when you’re not at the beach with a cold beer in your hand. I need a vacation from my vacation.” ~ April Mae Monterrosa

“Then, there’s the one about the fellow who complained of the excessive heat the other day, when the thermometer read 90. ‘It isn’t hot, brother,’ comforted a war correspondent just back from Ethiopia, ‘until the chair gets up when you do!’” ~ Walter Winchell

“I believe someone made a grievous mistake when summer was created; no novitiate or god in their right mind would make a season akin to hell on purpose. Someone should be fired.” ~ Michelle Franklin

“When the weather is really hot, I tend to live in denim cut-offs” ~ Ashley Madekwe


Fourth of July


“America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination, and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.” ~ Harry S. Truman

“From every mountainside, let freedom ring.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

“With freedom comes responsibility.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“The American Revolution was a beginning, not a consumation.” ~ Woodrow Wilson

“Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all! By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall.” ~ John Dickinson

“If our country is worth dying for in time of war let us resolve that it is truly worth living for in time of peace.” ~ Hamilton Fish

“You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4th, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.” ~ Erma Bombeck

“Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong” ~ James Bryce

“It’s Fourth of July weekend, or, as I call it, Exploding Christmas.” ~ Stephen Colbert

“Independence now and forever!” ~ Daniel Webster

“Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.” ~ Albert Camus

“No other date on the calendar more potently symbolizes all that our nation stands for than the Fourth of July.” ~ Mac Thornberry

“Let’s not forget why we celebrate 4th of July, it is the day Will Smith saved us from the aliens.” ~ Unknown




“Summer has filled her veins with light and her heart is washed with noon.” ~ C. Day Lewis

“If summer had one defining scent, it’d definitely be the smell of barbecue.” ~ Katie Lee

“Cause a little bit of summer is what the whole year is all about.” ~ John Mayer

“Oh, the summer night, has a smile of light, and she sits on a sapphire throne.” ~ Bryan Procter

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” ~ Henry James

“Friends, sun, sand, and sea, that sounds like a summer to me.” ~ Unknown

“Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.” ~ Sam Keen

“Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August.” ~ Jenny Ham

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.” ~ John Lubbock

“When the sun is shining I can do anything; no mountain is too high, no trouble too difficult to overcome..” ~ Wilma Rudoplh

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

“It’s a smile, it’s a kiss, it’s a sip of wine … it’s summertime!” ~ Kenny Chesney

“Some of the best memories are made in flip-flops.” ~ Kellie Elmore