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    believe it myself. In less than 12 hours this county will have a new President.

    Noweasels, I am reminded of the brick streets that have been largely paved over in the little farming towns of the Midwest--Moscow Kansas, Ponca City Oklahoma, Paducah Texas, Ulysses Kansas, Red Oak Iowa, Woodward Oklahoma, McCook Nebraska, Kiwanee Illinois, Pretty Pairie Kansas...these little towns have dried up, their young people gone, their farms sold out to Big Ag. But some of the bricks are still there, and as you rumble through town you have to slow down and look hard at the corner banks, the sandstone homes and sidewalks, the rows of old peonies and ancient lilacs, the boarded-up drugstores and theaters. Why have the bones of our land become something to pave over and forget? Is there no way to revitalize the deadened heart of the nation? If we have time in the coming era of climate change, perhaps we could return to the land and farm it again for ourselves, truck the food to local markets like we did decades ago, grow food for humans in between treerows instead of food for cows and pigs on monocultured mega-acres, pull the cracked asphalt off the red bricks, tear the boards off the diner windows....sigh.

    I look forward to Spring. Spring for the garden, for the birds, for this Nation and its new season of promise.  

    Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.

    by crose on Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 11:24:11 PM PST

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