With or without awareness, we are poking through a “disturbance in the Force”

This will be my only post today, before my son Colin Cudmore, of the Garden Tower Project — whose latest kickstarter campaign is now up to nearly $240,000! (they originally asked for $31,000 and got that in the first 33 minutes; still ten days to go) — and I take off with puppy Shadow for the woods InDiana and then dinner at McCormick’s Creek State Park Lodge.

Meanwhile, I invite you to chew on one of Laura Bruno’s posts today, both her powerful introductory remarks, and the various urls she refers to. She says she prefers evolution to revolution. I prefer what I call r/evolution, since the “rev” seems to be emphasized in that way of spelling it — plus, it includes both the startle of revolution and the steadiness of evolution — and yet, it’s for sure that we need to “rev up” our responsiveness, as well as our discernment, our focus, our intent, and our utter determination to move this suffering world into a truly new place via our actions, here and now, where we live. The solution to global is local! Whatever is yours to do, do it! As you do, the next thing that you specifically are to do, will appear. Do that. The world magically rearranges itself around clear, steady, focused intent put into resolute action.

Ken — The Multilateral/Multipolar New World Order will seem like heaven . . . at first

 

 

 

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Walmart Worker Strike to hit 1600 stores on Buy Nothing Day

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Many of these strikers will lose what pitiful pay they do normally receive for working there. Some may lose their jobs. Let us be in solidarity with Walmart strikers by refusing to feed the consumerist/corporatist monster grinding yet another “holiday season” into faked cheerfulness.

Black Friday Is Buy Nothing Day! 

The first Buy Nothing Day was organized in Canada in September 1992 “as a day for society to examine the issue of over-consumption.” In 1997, it was moved to the Friday after American Thanksgiving, also called “Black Friday”, which is one of the ten busiest shopping days in the United States. In 2000, advertisements by Adbusters promoting Buy Nothing Day were denied advertising time by almost all major television networks except for CNN.[1] Soon, campaigns started appearing in the United States, the United Kingdom, Israel, Austria, Germany, New Zealand, Japan, the Netherlands, France, and Norway. Participation now includes more than 65 nations. — wikipedia

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“Today, humanity faces a stark choice: save the planet and ditch capitalism, or save capitalism and ditch the planet.”
— Fawzi Ibrahim

Until we challenge the entrenched values of capitalism — that the economy must always keep growing, that consumer desires must always be satisfied, that immediate gratification is imperative — we’re not going able to fix this gigantic psycho–financial–eco crisis of our times.

That challenge is a deeply personal one. In a world where every inch of the capitalist system is bullying you into submission, can you resist? When advertisers hound you day and night, can you escape? This Black Friday, a massive, absurd and destructive consumerist machine will coordinate against you for one simple reason — to convince you to max out your credit card buying shit you don’t need so that a broken system can stay afloat. So when they say “BUY!” will you say “NOTHING!”?

Buy Nothing Day is legendary for instigating this type of personal transformation … as you suddenly remember what real living is all about … you sense an upsurge of radical empowerment and feel a strange magic creeping back into your life.

Join millions of us in over 60 countries on November 28/29 and see what it feels like.

Then, after Buy Nothing Day, take the next step … for generations, Christmas has been hijacked by commercial forces … this year, let’s take it back.

And why not get playful while you’re at it!? Put up posters, organize a credit card cut up, pull off a Whirl–mart, or a Christmas Zombie walk through your local mall.


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“Sustainable Development” or “Convivial De-growth”: Controlled Opposition?

I just read a piece that made our possible human future sound wonderful. This piece was posted on commondreams.org, a site that I usually trust. However, something about it just felt fishy. I smelled Agenda 21. What were the clues? Usually, both the scope of a project and the language used. If the scope is global, and the language is warm and fuzzy, then I tend not to trust it. Am I nuts? I don’t think so. Oh yes, and if whatever is being promoted is also favored by the U.N., my concern doubles. 

Here’s the post in question, with an excerpt:

Laying the Foundations of a World Citizens Movement

Recent conference of international civil society organizations explore path forward to deep global change

November 26, 2014

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How can civil society organizations (CSOs) build a broad movement that draws in, represents and mobilises the citizenry, and how can they effect fundamental, systemic transformation, rather than trading in incremental change? (Image: deeep.org)

How can civil society organizations (CSOs) build a broad movement that draws in, represents and mobilises the citizenry, and how can they effect fundamental, systemic transformation, rather than trading in incremental change? (Image: deeep.org)

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Has organised civil society, bound up in internal bureaucracy, in slow, tired processes and donor accountability, become simply another layer of a global system that perpetuates injustice and inequality?

How can civil society organizations (CSOs) build a broad movement that draws in, represents and mobilises the citizenry, and how can they effect fundamental, systemic transformation, rather than trading in incremental change?

This kind of introspective reflection was at the heart of a process of engagement among CSOs from around the world that gathered in Johannesburg from Nov. 19 to 21 for the “Toward a World Citizens Movement: Learning from the Grassroots” conference.

Organised by DEEEP, a project within the European civil society umbrella organisation CONCORD which builds capacity among CSOs and carries out advocacy around global citizenship and global citizenship education, the conference brought together 200 participants.

“It is important that people understand the inter-linkages at the global level; that they understand that they are part of the system and can act, based on their rights, to influence the system in order to bring about change and make life better – so it’s no longer someone else deciding things on behalf of the citizens”
– Rilli Lappalainen, Secretary-General of the Finnish NGDO Platform
Key partners were CIVICUS (the World Alliance for Citizen Participation, which is one of the largest and most diverse global civil society networks) and GCAP (Global Call to Action Against Poverty).

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Screenshot 2014-11-26 15.18.10A.K. again: Check out this testimonial from the head of the U.N. on the IPS website.

Don’t get me wrong. It’s not that I don’t want us to evolve into global citizens. I do! Obviously, we need to stop identifying with warring “nation states” and come into harmony as a species. However, just how we get there is the issue, for that process itself will in part determine the end result. Are we going to submit to top-down hierarchical control that, in its initial stages, looks like bottom-up  networking, but is, in actuality, not? Instead, it’s entirely possible that grass-roots folks and organizations are being gradually, subtly, and invisibly corralled and and funneled by globalist/corporatist forces working through the U.N. into the 1993 Agenda 21 plan for a subdued, robotic, transhuman worker base to power “sustainable industrial development” that sooner or later sucks the remaining life force out of both Earth and Earthlings. 

Just to follow through on my “shit-detector,” I googled Civicus, one of the prominent brand names in the article, and sure enough, clear connections to Agenda 21. Yuck.

Rather than emphasizing sustainable growth, how about de-growth. Now that’s an idea I can get behind, equally far-seeing, in terms of a world-wide reach and hopefully, impact, but distinctly not inside the predatory capitalist world-view.

Oops! I just read through a report on the Fourth International De-Growth Conference held in Leipzig in September, this year. And guess who wrote this report, also published in commondreams? IPS! 

Down With Sustainable Development! Long Live Convivial Degrowth!

November 22, 2014

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Demonstration at the end of the Fourth International Conference on Degrowth in the German city of Leipzig from September 2-6, 2014. (Creative Commons/http://leipzig.degrowth.org)

Demonstration at the end of the Fourth International Conference on Degrowth in the German city of Leipzig from September 2-6, 2014. (Creative Commons/http://leipzig.degrowth.org)

For anyone who recently attended the Fourth International Conference on Degrowth in Leipzig, Germany, listening in on conference talk, surrounded by the ecologically savvy, one quickly noticed that no one was singing the praises of sustainable development.

Nonetheless, development per se and all that this entails did take center stage, as a crowd of three thousand participants and speakers debated ongoing trends in the fields of environment, politics, economics and social justice.

Given that it may not be immediately clear why a rallying cry anchored to ecological principles would call for the demise of sustainable development – which in generic terms could be described as the environmentalist program dating back several decades – it seems that a clarification or two would be in order.

As is the case with social movements, they evolve and go through periods of transformation like anything else does. When the term sustainable development came into use in the 1970s and 1980s, it did support the assumption that general environmental principles and minimum ecological limits should be respected when going about the everyday business of development.

From the vantage point of economic realism, development is inextricably connected to economic growth. However, degrowthers carry the deeply-held belief that economic growth simply does not deliver what it promises: increased human welfareThe term sustainable development rapidly gained wide-scale acceptance, with the U.N. Commission on Sustainable Development just one of the many (inter)governmental or top-down bodies that have set up in the past three decades to include environmental goals in planning and policy.

However, according to Federico Demaria, author and member of Research & Degrowth in Barcelona, the idea of sustainable development is based on a false consensus. Once this term and its underlying situations are properly deconstructed, Demaria tells IPS, “we discover that sustainable development is still all about development. And that is where the problem lies.”

Development is indeed a dirty word in degrowth circles. From the vantage point of economic realism, development is inextricably connected to economic growth. However, degrowthers carry the deeply-held belief that economic growth simply does not deliver what it promises: increased human welfare.

“Thus we find ourselves at a place where we need to readdress the flaws of sustainable development with a fresh perspective,” says Demaria.

It is with the hopes to do just that in a clear and powerful way that Demaria, along with Giorgos Kallis and Giacomo D’Alisa, have produced the new book Degrowth: A Vocabulary for a New Era, which has just been released by Routledge.

This volume includes 50 entries that all touch on specific aspects of degrowth and go a long way towards elucidating the distinguishing factors of degrowth, as well as properly defining concepts ranging from conviviality to bioeconomics, societal metabolism and many others.

The historical development of the degrowth movement is also spelled out. Thus we learn that in the 1970s, at the time of the first phase of the degrowth debate, when The Limits to Growth by Dennis and Donella Meadows and others was published, resource limits was the talk of the town. Yet now, in what can be called the second stage, criticism of the hegemonic idea of sustainable development has come to the forefront.

It was Serge Latouche, an economic anthropologist, who defined sustainable development as an oxymoron in A bas le développement durable! Vive la décroissance conviviale!  (‘Down with sustainable development! Long live convivial degrowth!’) at a conference in Paris in 2002, affiliated with the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and concerned with the issues of development.

Latouche and others in the French-speaking world began to give shape to the French movement, which called itself décroissance and eventually spread to other countries, entering Italy as decrescita and Spain as decrecimiento. Eventually, by 2010, degrowthemerged as the English-language term, well suited for universal applicability.

For many of the attendees of the degrowth conference in Leipzig, the set of vocabulary of the degrowth movement and even the very name degrowth begged to be dealt with carefully. There were a few proposals to switch to a name carrying positive connotations, instead of defining a movement based on opposition to something – growth in this case.

But Latouche and Demaria both argue that the word degrowth most concisely defines one chief objective of the movement – the abolition of economic growth as a social objective. Referred to as a missile word, it is disturbing for some, exactly because it intends to be provocative; as such, this has borne fruit.

There are certainly positive concepts to highlight in the degrowth movement. These include voluntary simplicity, conviviality and economy of care. Yet none of these terms are broad enough to be inclusive and representative of the breadth of ideas that make up the entirety of degrowth.

Perhaps Francois Schneider, another of the degrowth pioneers, put it best when he defined degrowth as: “equitable downscaling of production and consumption that will reduce societies’ throughput of energy and raw materials.”

The goal in all of this, according to the authors of the new book, is not simply to have a society that can manage with less, but to have different arrangements and a different quality. That is where the idea of societal metabolism (that is, energy and materials within the economy) comes into place, because it explains how a degrowth society will have different activities, rearranged forms or uses of energy, and significantly different allocations of time between paid and non-paid work.

Taking social relations as well as the time-work relationship a step further, the theory of dépense, also described in the new book, comes in handy. Dépense signifies the collective consumption of ‘surplus’ in a society.

Nowadays, surplus time and energy is often re-invested in new production or used in an individualistic manner. This follows the dictum of capitalism whereby there should not be too many wasteful expenses; at the most individuals can employ their own all-too-brief methods to unwind from stressful life in the rat race.

Yet degrowth advocates point to the habits of older civilizations where surplus was dedicated to non-utilitarian purposes, be they festivals or celebrations. Degrowthers prefer to see an application of dépense to community-based uses that place conviviality and happiness-inducing activities above economic factors.

While no one can predict when and how the degrowth transition will take place, Demaria stresses that examples of this transition are already here. “Look no further than the transition town movement in the United Kingdom or Buen Vivir in South America,” says Demaria.

Demaria and others also hope that one specific effect of the Leipzig conference, as well as the brand new volume on degrowth, will be to re-politicise environmentalism. Sustainable development de-politicises real political oppositions and underlying dissonance, contributing to the false imaginary of decoupling: perpetuating development without harming the environment.

“Once we decide that we are not afraid to talk about the full implications of development, be they economic, social or political,” says Demaria, “then we begin to see that it is actually utopian to think that our societies can be based on economic growth for ever. Degrowth, by contrast, really offers the most common sense of all.”

A.K. So the U.N. will have its way with Agenda 21, one way or another? It sure looks that way, unless we the people wise up and rise up.

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Did Ferguson just ignite Occupy 2?

It appears that Ferguson 2014 may indeed be remembered as the American Spring.

American Spring Night 2: Coast-To-Coast Protests, “We Have Every Right To Destroy A System That Seeks To Destroy Us”

And that Ferguson might be the initiation of what we might call Occupy 2.

Whereas Occupy 1 shifted the atmosphere, opened a welcoming space for the grievances of  “the 99%” and, because of the refusal to make a point-by-point agenda for change, but instead make the strategic decision to keep opening the new frequency field wider and wider, Occupy was ridiculed as “unfocused” (I could single out one article; however, you might just google “Occupy unfocused,” — with nearly 100,000 results) —

— so now Occupy 2 focuses everywhere on Earth locally, on specific, deeply felt, researched, and activating points which occupy the massively transformed space of Occupy 1 that has been germinating since 2011: countless individuals and groups organizing where they live to transform an injustice they care deeply about and that affects their own  lives. YES!

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We’re all tired — protests against state violence go worldwide

November 21, 2014

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Yesterday, on the 104th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution, activists across Mexico called for a general strike — an action that is the culmination of weeks of protests following the abduction and likely murder of 43 students from the traditionally left-leaning Rural Teachers College of Ayotzinapa, in the city of Iguala. It is widely believed that the students, who were on their way to protest unequal hiring practices, were intercepted by drug gangs coordinating with the police and state government of Guerrero, the southwest Mexican state where Iguala is located.

Mexican activists were joined yesterday by solidarity protests in the United States and around the word. Under the banner of “Todos Somos Ayotzinapa – Todos Somos Ferguson,” a number of demonstrations in the States were intended to stand with Mexican organizers and the 43 students abducted, along with the U.S. community of Ferguson, Mo. Any day, a grand jury there is expected to decide whether or not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. At a rally in New York’s Union Square last Sunday, protesters held signs in Spanish saying, “Your son could be number 44” — eerily reminiscent of an earlier rallying cry: “I Am Trayvon Martin.” Protesters also called attention to the role of U.S. policy and trade agreements — including the proposed and controversial “Plan Mexico” — in fueling the drug war that has terrorized the country over the last several years, and was accelerated under the presidency of Felipe Calderon, beginning in 2006.Simultaneous protests for Ayotzinapa were held in France, Spain, Germany, the United Kingdom and other countries. At the action in New York City, demonstrators gathered for a vigil in Union Square and then moved to the Mexican consulate. Participants were asked to bring flowers and candles, and held up portraits of the missing 43 students. Vigils were also held in Ferguson and around the country this past summer to commemorate Brown and other, inordinately black and brown victims of extra-judicial killings. Groups like the Organization for Black StruggleColor of Change and many others are continuing to organize against racialized police brutality in the lead-up to the grand jury’s announcement.

Symbolically, demonstrations will be held again in 43 U.S. cities on December 3. Called the #USTired2 Mobilization, the name is a riff on the popular hashtag #YaMeCansé (“I’m Tired Already”), which were the closing words stated by Mexico’s attorney general, Jesús Murillo Karam, in a press conference about the abductions and ongoing state and gang violence. Fox News reports that over 29,000 people have been disappeared in Mexico since January 2006; as activists have pointed out, Karam isn’t the only one who’s tired.

Combined with recent organizing around police brutality in the United States, the Block the Boat and BDS campaigns, as well as the efforts of Jewish-Americans in #IfNotNow, who are resisting the Israeli occupation, international protests calling attention to the events in Guerrero are part of a now global movement to confront state violence. Demonstrations linking Ferguson to Ayotzinapa indicate an increasing connection on the ground between issues that so often seem disparate.

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Best Meditation is Awareness in Action

Reader Rose sends me this post, with the comment: “I came across this on Will Harader’s site (The Galactic Free Press) and I think you may enjoy the author’s views
especially in light of your recent take on the movie Interstellar…enjoy…and have a fun Thanksgiving.”

Thanks, and a blessed Thanksgiving to you too, Rose! And to everyone else! And a big hello, especially my brother Mark, a musician, composer, and deeply spiritual man who is currently in training as a dance leader for the Dances of Universal Peace. Mark sent an email to his seven sibs yesterday about a book he is currently reading that shares the same frequency with this “take” on meditation. See attachment to his email:

The Untethered Soul: 12-Step Guide

And yes, I must say, the post that follows may be the best “take” on meditation that I’ve ever seen. And I speak as one who “traveled to the East” to find out how to meditate, just last year! Once in a while I do the formal mindfulness meditation that I learned there in Thailand, but usually, what I do is what I’ve done ever since I came across Gurdjieff’s technique of “self-remembering” back when I was 26 years old, that is: I consciously sink into the interior of my body/mind/spirit self as it penetrates the vastness. Right here, right now. On and on. No more, no less. Do this anytime, all the time, especially when “working” — here on the blog, or outside in the GANG garden, or doing the dishes, or walking with puppy Shadow, or participating in various meetings with others of like mind who are moving the world forward in the way we want to create. Rooted here, on this dear Earth and on course, focused, with energy to spare when it originates from deep inside. For when “deep inside” opens to the mysterious spinning core of infinity, where is the end to energy?

Aside from needing to regularly replenish the physical vehicle, and aside from numerous 3D laws, rules, regulations, linear cause/effects — pushing all that side, punching a hole right through the middle of that illusion, literally, the sky’s the limit.  And I its quivering, prayerful, receptacle.

Best Meditation Is No Meditation

November 25, 2014

by Life Script Doctor

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There are many people who jump into Eastern spiritual practices. Some even take spiritual journeys to the East to find wisdom and learn how to correctly meditate. There are also many so called “spiritual gurus” who have found ways to adapt (in most cases simplify) many different Eastern spiritual practices for the Western Mind. There is nothing wrong with it and it is great that we all have opportunity to learn from different cultures and use different spiritual practices to make our life better.

However, there is one very important thing that is not being stressed enough. Many people treat meditation, visualization techniques and other practices as a panacea for everything. Many of them actually get so high on their meditation that they forget to enjoy living here on our planet. Yes, it is really fun and blissful to meditate and feel united with our cosmos, but what about finding happiness in actual living?

One of the main reasons that Eastern gurus spent so much time in meditation was because they were trying to find answers to philosophical questions like: “Who am I?”, “What is the Purpose in Life?”, “What is Love?”, “What Laws Govern our Universe?”, etc. So if it is something that you want to do, then meditate away. But please keep in mind that spiritual teachers had to isolate themselves from the world and society to find those answers (an interesting independent film on this topic is “Samsara” 2001 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttbl_dYBdy0). It is much easier to find “enlightenment” when you don’t have to deal with everyday problems of society. It seems that today we all have to find our own spirituality and answers to all the philosophical questions, but we have to do it without abandoning our life in society.

Meditation is a great tool that helps us in the process of reaching “enlightenment” and there are times when it is really needed. It really helps to clear your brain from the trash and fears that are in the way of realizing your potential. However, if you actually want to be involved in the process of creating a better world rather than just exist and meditate about it, then the best thing to do would be finding a trade that you can excel at (or you already a master of) and start producing something through your creativity.

The only true meditation is harmonious living through creation, joy and evolution while realizing your potential that was given to you by Nature. In other words, when you are using your creativity in producing something or providing a service, you are meditating with a surplus. Meditation itself is like pondering on the strategy that you should take in order to be successful and happy in your life. Tactics usually involves rationalizing and applying the things that you have discovered during your meditation. It is a rare case, however, when a person actually takes action. In most cases people just go to another meditation to ponder some more on the actions that should be taken. In the end of the day, finding a way to effectively realize our potential is what makes us happy in this life. It is also very important to cherish this potential and direct it where it is truly needed.

It seems that there is not much efficiency for personal potential in group meditations for the greater good of the planet or sending Love to those who are suffering (unless of course being the organizer of such meditations is person’s true calling). There is a much more effective way – “Save yourself and thousands around you will be saved”. You might think that this is “Ego” talking. However, if you really think about it, there are two ways to change life. You can try to change everything that you consider wrong (which if you look deeper you will find imposition of your own will and your pride talking) or you can start by changing yourself within and be proactive only concerning the things that fall under your sphere of responsibility.

Creatively realizing your own potential and taking proactive action in the field of your own responsibility saves a lot of time for you and for Nature. Living in the creative process is the same as meditating together with Nature while creating a better world. Best meditation, is no meditation.

Destiny leads the person who follows voluntarily, and those who resist are dragged by force”. — Dialectical Materialism (A. Spirkin)

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Frenzied perspectives on sudden Hagel “resignation” overshadow quiet Afghanistan deal — and oops!

I published two perspectives yesterday. Here are three more:

• Daniel McAdams, of the ronpaulinstitute.org:

Breaking: Hagel Out, Assad Next

• Steve Watson, infowars.com

Hagel Warned of Rogue “New World Order, Now He’s Fired

• Gordon Duff, veteranstoday

Hagel Resigning, Pushed to the Curb

Meanwhile, David Corn of motherjones points out that while pundits are going crazy trying to figure out why Hagel was fired, they ignore the fact that Obama just secretly signed a deal authorizing military troop use in Afghanistan, 2015. What’s that called? “light of hand”? “Smoke and mirrors?” Whatever; I too, got caught up in the frenzy.

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Media Goes Wild Over Hagel Firing But Not Obama’s Secret Afghanistan Reversal

Oops! But wait a minute. Actually, there has been quite a bit of news, both alternative and MSM, on this secret deal — as I discovered when I googled “obama authorizes deal military afghanistan.” Check it out! And yet, most of it reads, just the way this news was played, remarkably low-keyed. (One exception is commondreams.) As if it hardly matters, what war we’re in now, or how many people they bomb or drone or where, all in our name and with our tax dollars. We’re all just zombied out and working way too hard and a la Peak Crackers‘ analysis, so exhausted by all our meaningless paper shuffling and those long, stuck, commutes, that we are having a great deal of trouble just opening our crusty eyes to each new day as November nights grow longer and colder and howls of pain are heard from Ferguson and everywhere else on Earth that the “long arm of the (militarized American hyperpower) law” reaches in to stun, grab and crush.

I have to keep reminding myself that there is an infinity of points we can choose from to focus on, every single second of every single day; and that each point, when seen “from close to,” opens into a space with an infinity of points, each of which, when seen “from close to,” opens — you get the picture. Wherever we focus, there it is. The quantum field creates points via the agency of our intention. Each swirlling spirals in and out forever. There is no end to anything — and no beginning, either.

So center yourself, Ann! Get off this screen and off your duff and go outside. Get your clippers and cut more of that bambooish stuff out of the pond before it freezes again. Be sure to wear your rubber boots this time, so you can wade in rather than fall in, like you did yesterday, with leather boots, trying to do the same thing. Now that was a wake-up call.

 

 

 

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