Spring is a special and wonderful time of year! Gardens are beginning to take shape. Flowers and trees are beginning to bud and blossom. There are signs throughout the snow covered northern hemisphere that cold is giving way to warmer days. Spring is also a time of celebration for other reasons. Easter. What images come … Continue reading BRIGHTEN THE WORLD
What would you choose - liberty or security? If you would choose security, how much liberty would you be willing to sacrifice, and for how much and what types of security?
There are several excellent quote contained within this speech. Most of us are familiar with the the last phrase of the last sentence, but few have read the entire speech. Fewer still know the circumstances or timing of the speech. Mr. Henry was addressing the Virginia House of Burgesses in March 1775 in response to … Continue reading PATRICK HENRY – GIVE ME LIBERTY or GIVE ME DEATH
You remember, sir, the conclusion of the speech, so often declaimed in various ways by school-boys 'Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or … Continue reading A Witness Account of Patrick Henry’s “Give Me Liberty…” Speech
In an earlier article in The ByWay (newspaper serving Garfield, Piute, and Wayne Counties, Utah), I discussed the meaning of liberty (https://eclecticmusings.blog/2021/03/16/our-heritage-liberty-what-is-it-why-is-it-important/). Now I wish to address some serious threats to liberty, both as foreseen by our Founding Fathers, and as they currently manifest in society. Those threats are 1. lack of and/or inadequate/inappropriate education … Continue reading Is It Time to Dispose of the Constitution?
This bread is our absolute favorite. It's quite a bit of work, and not a speedy bread, but it's well worth it! And, fwiw, the work is broken up into short segments. What's not to love about sourdough anything? If you have good sourdough starter, you don't need yeast, and it lends a very pleasant … Continue reading Whole Wheat Sourdough French Bread
These yummy pancakes are very easy to whip up, and very filling. The taste is a bit nutty, with a touch of the sourdough "zing" but I find the "zing" isn't as strong with whole wheat as with white flour. I do not use white flour - including in my sourdough starter and breads so … Continue reading Sourdough Pancakes – Whole Wheat w/Flax Seeds
There have been 3 Christmas' in my life when the world felt very dark and bleak. One followed that dreadful attack on 9/11. This year is another due to all of the problems caused by this COVID-19 and associated isolation. Sure, we have chosen to live in an area where we are relatively isolated all … Continue reading Christmas Cheer
Few things can have a greater impact for good or ill on a garden than the weather, or, put in another word, climate. Planting and harvest dates, i.e. growing seasons, are quite different from one town to the next. The average length of the growing season in our two counties here is about 14 ½ … Continue reading GARDENING, WEATHER, CLIMATE & MICROCLIMATE
Twice a year, in October and April, my church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, meets for a world wide General Conference presided over by the man we sustain as the one and only anointed and set apart Prophet of God on the earth today, accompanied by the twelve currently living Apostles … Continue reading Saturday General Conference Musings