Saturday’s Quote: Farmers, the Sexiest Men and Women Alive

Photo from the Library of Congress “When the next batch of huricanes hits and the oil wells run dry, whom do you want to wake up next to?  Someone who can program HTML or someone who can help a cow give birth?  Do you want someone with Bluetooth or someone with a tractor?  How can someone who makes food out of dirt not impress you?” -Lou Bendrick...

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Saturday’s Quote: Spring

  NOTHING is so beautiful as spring—      When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush;      Thrush’s eggs look little low heavens, and thrush    Through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring    The ear, it strikes like lightnings to hear him sing;           The glassy peartree leaves and blooms, they brush      The descending blue; that blue is all in a rush    With richness; the racing lambs too have fair their fling.         &...

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Saturday’s Quote: Charles Martin Simon

“There are no straight lines in Nature, folks. Nature abhors symmetry. Sure, things look symmetrical, but they never are, not when you look close enough. Symmetry is a human interpretation, a desire, an illusion if you will. Appearance leading to idealization leading to the setting of hard-line standards is indeed a problem.” -Charles Martin Simon (aka Charlie Nothing), Principles of Beekeeping Backwards...

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Saturday’s Quote

Ghandi in 1909, source Wikimedia. Interdependence is and ought to be as much the ideal of man as self-sufficiency. Man is a social being. Without interrelation with society he cannot realize his oneness with the universe or suppress his egotism. His social interdependence enables him to test his faith and to prove himself on the touchstone of reality                                       — Mahatma Gandhi, Young India, March 21, 19...

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Remember to Label Those Jars!

Label, label, label!” This was one of the most important lessons I learned in my Master Food Preserver training. You’ll note, from the jars above, that I’m not very good about this. When were those jars canned and what’s in them? I have no idea. They were probably the result of some late night canning frenzy two years ago. At the time I probably thought to myself, “I’ll label them in the morning.”...

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Saturday Linkages: Bow Drills and Cramped Apartments

...l-transmission-of-power-3-wire-ropes.html … Cramped Apartments in Hong Kong Shot From Directly Above http://lloydkahn-ongoing.blogspot.com/2013/03/cramped-apartments-in-hong-kong-shot.html#.UUPmMbpCjK4.twitter … Saint-Exupéry Quote Poster http://www.dudecraft.com/2013/02/saint-exupery-quote-poster.html#.UT6Erbc8oiA.twitter … For these links and more, follow Root Simple on Twitter: Follow @rootsimple...

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Looking for the Union Label

We’ve got a bad case of Ohrwurm, a German expression translated as “earworm” and used to describe a song stuck in your head. Our earworm came after a search for union made socks and underwear on the internets recalled a highly catchy ad jingle from the roller disco era, “Look for the Union Label” (youngsters can watch it on youtube here). We looked for the union label and we were surprised to find it via a company c...

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Saturday Linkages: Artisinal DIY

...… The best LED grow lights: http://ow.ly/1XdFBr Just Add Water: Concrete Buildings Built With Air + H2O | Designs & Ideas on Dornob http://dornob.com/just-add-water-concrete-buildings-built-with-air-h2o/ … We close with a quote: “Inconvenient truths tend to create more anxious neurotics than they do enlightened stakeholders.” -Douglas Rushkoff in his new book Present Shock For these links and more, follow Root Simple on Twitter:...

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