Dear Webby: Vista SP1 

Good Morning,   !
Thursday,  June 21, 2007
Happy Summer Solstice

Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not.
--- Samuel Johnson

"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak;
courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen."
— Winston Churchill:


Thanks to Sandie for this story:
A SOUTHERNER vacationing in Maine stopped at a small convenience
store to buy some souvenirs. As he stood in line to pay for his
purchases, the southerner was amused by the accent of some
local lobster fishermen, who were in the store discussing the
day’s catch.

Stepping up to the cash register, the tourist commented to
the clerk, “Some people around here sure talk with funny
“Aye-yuh,” the clerk replied, “but thay’ll all be gone by
Labor Day.”


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Thanks to Deeli for this classic:

Frank , you know all about gardens and nature.  What in the
world is going on down there on the planet?  What happened
to the dandelions, violets, thistle and stuff I started eons ago?
I had a perfect no-maintenance garden plan. Those plants
grow in any type of soil, withstand drought and multiply with
abandon.  The nectar from the long-lasting blossoms attracts
butterflies, honey bees and flocks of songbirds.  I expected
to see a vast garden of colours by now.  But, all I see are
these green rectangles.

It's the tribes that settled there, Lord.  The Suburbanites.
They started calling your flowers "weeds" and went to great
lengths to kill them and replace them with  grass.

Grass?  But, it's so boring.  It's not colourful.  It doesn't
attract butterflies, birds and bees;  only grubs and sod
worms.  It's sensitive to temperatures.  Do these Suburbanites
really want all that grass growing there?

Apparently so, Lord.  They go to great pains to grow it and
keep it green.  They begin each spring by fertilizing grass
and poisoning any other plant that crops up in the lawn.

The spring rains and warm weather probably make grass
grow really fast.  That must make the Suburbanites happy.

Apparently not, Lord.  As soon as it grows a little, they cut it
--sometimes twice a week.

They cut it?  Do they then bail it like hay?

Not exactly, Lord.  Most of them rake it up and put it in bags.

They bag it?  Why?  Is it a cash crop? Do they sell it?

No, Sir, just the opposite.  They pay to throw it away.

Now, let me get this straight.  They fertilize grass so it will
grow.  And, when it does grow, they cut it off and pay to
throw it away?

Yes, Sir.

These Suburbanites must be relieved in the summer when
we cut back on the rain and turn up the heat.  That surely
slows the growth and saves them a lot of work.

You aren't going to believe this, Lord.  When the grass stops
growing so fast, they drag out hoses and pay more money
to water it so they can continue to mow it and pay to get rid of it.

What nonsense.  At least they kept some of the trees.  That
was a sheer stroke of genius, if I do say so myself.  The trees
grow leaves in the spring to provide beauty and shade in the
summer.  In the autumn, they fall to the ground and form a
natural blanket to keep moisture in the soil and protect the
trees and bushes. It's a natural cycle of life.

You better sit down, Lord.  The Suburbanites have drawn a
new circle. As soon as the leaves fall, they rake them into
great piles and pay to have them hauled away.

No. What do they do to protect the shrub and tree roots in
the  winter to keep the soil moist and loose?

After throwing away the leaves, they go out and buy something
which they call mulch. They haul it home and spread it around
in place of the leaves.

And where do they get this mulch?

They cut down trees and grind them up to make the mulch.

Enough!   I don't want to think about this anymore.
St. Catherine, you're in charge of the arts.  What movie have
you scheduled for us tonight?

"Dumb and Dumber", Lord.  It's a story about....

Never mind, I think I just heard the whole story from St. Francis.


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