Friday, June 30, 2017

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"Can one become an island unto themselves depending on no one?"

Forrest Caricofe

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**Yesterday. After I completed my postings, I drove to Orrville twice, once for prescription

medications at Rite Aid and once to to McDonald's' for takeout. 

After returning to the house for the last time, I went outdoors to water the plants, replant

about 10 wild growing sunflowers and planted 2 of the 12 Gladiola bulbs I recently 

purchased at Dollar General for $2 each. The sunflowers I replanted in the southeast 

corner about 4 days ago are recovering. They took a long time recovering because I 

replanted those in the heat of the day and not the coolness of the evening like those 10 I 

replanted yesterday. After going to bed about 9:00 PM, I heard the sounds of a 

thunderstorm through my bedroom window. Then was my watering the plants a waste of 

time? Certainly not, just like when I was a kid, I prefer outdoors to being indoors.

I attempted to fix the scanner and printer on my HP printer for a short time with little 

success, so I'll just try again today.

**Today. The weather forecast for the next 2 days are quite similar. The high temperatures 

for today and tomorrow are 82° and 81° with the lows at 68° and 62°, both days with 

scattered thunderstorms. I there is a brake in the rain, not a farmer's rain, I should be able

to plant the remainder of the Gladiola bulbs and do some weeding. 

I plan to fix the scanner on my printer so that I can scan and upload the picture postcards

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**Three quotes from women' rights activists Susan B. Anthony:

"Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less."

"I declare to you that woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be 

taught to protect herself, and there I take my stand."

"Independence is happiness."

Many men believe that they should take care of, almost totally, their wife, girl friend or 

significant other. What becomes of those 3 mentioned above if separation occurs due to

leaving or death? The woman or woman partner may have difficulty in surviving because 

they've had little experience in living.

A 1624 prose work by English poet John Donne said that: 

"No man is an Island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the 

main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory 

were, as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were; any man's death 

diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for 

whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee."

John Donne, Meditation XVII

English clergyman & poet (1572 - 1631)   

I insist on doing everything for myself.  

Am I an island? No I'm not. 

I depend on others for food, drink, clothes, shelter, car maintenance, prescription 

medications, my pension payments, cigarettes and other things we need in this day and 

age to live a comfortable life.

Could I do more for myself without those things mentioned above?  

Sure I could. 

I could live in the wilderness growing my own food, drinking from a spring, creek, lake or

river, make my own clothes, build my own shelter, no car needed, stop taking prescription 

medications and seeing no doctor, roll my own cigarettes with leaves and corn silk and 

little or no money needed except for staples such as salt and coffee or I could do without.

Did the Native American Indians live like this? Sure they did.

Could I live like they did?

Sure I could.

Susan B. Anthony again: "Independence is happiness."

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