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The Wisdom Of Barnyard Bruke: "The New year - the book of life - foxes!"

Greetings and Happy New Year to everyone in western Illinois.

I was told that on television on New Years Eve the cameras focused on the revelers, entertainment stars, and other folk from the East and West Coasts that Cornelius Farkwad estimates are "Goofy, Spooky and Insane".

According to Cornelius, "It is easy to understand how those type of folk elected the likes of Charles Schumer, Barney Frank, Nancy Polosi, and Harry Reid, or for that matter, Barack Obama".

Buster Jigs sez, "It has always been estimated here in the Midwest that the West Coast and East Coast had many folk "one brick short of a full load".

Chicago and it's politicians supplied more than its share to fill the cells of our prisons.

Now it seems that "ILK" seems to be runn'n the country. It has control over the EPA, OSHA, labor relations board and many other regulatory agencies".

Buster sez, "If'n you doubts the level of their normality, by Midwest standards, just turn on your TV, New Years Eve, and measure for yourself!"

"Well," I sez, "I'm a gonna have to think on them thoughts for a bit. There is some local political party followers that seem to follow and support them fellers fairly closely.

I'll not turn on my friends and neighbors by call'n them names or think'n unkindly of em!"

"Well", sez Buster and Cornelius, " do as ya likes, but their minds are set and that was cemented by the crazy antics on TV, New Years Eve."

"Let your thoughts be your own", I sez, however keep the follow'n in mind:

We begin the

New Year

as a fresh snow.

Tread carefully

for every track

will show!

Those boys asked in unison "What is that supposed to mean"?

"It can mean several things to different folk," I sez.

"To some it can mean watch your thoughts and actions as it relates to the "Book of Life". Reverences to the book of life can be found in the "Good Book" (Rev. 20:12, 18, 27, Rev. 3:5, and Rev. 22:19).

"To others", I sez, "It might refer to your nature or soul. Proverbs 4:23-27 cautions "Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk from your lips.

Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you. Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm. Do not swerve to the right or left; keep your foot from evil."

Cornelius and Buster said they would reflect on them thoughts a bit, and I hope they do. I suppose we all could use a measure of them thoughts.

Bill Jones talked of that fox yet a show'n up in our community. It gave me pause to think of Bible references to the fox.

The references to the fox shows up at least nine times in the Bible, five times in the Old Testament.

(Judges 15:4; Solomon 2:15; Nehemiah 4:3; Psalms 63:10; Ezekiel 13:4) and two times in the New Testament (Matt. 8:31; Luke 13:32).

Foxes were then and yet now thought of as shy, cunning and crafty animals.

I'm a guess'n the boys were relate'n the Old Testament shy, cunning and crafty animals, the fox, to today's politicians.

In the Old Testament foxes were often another name for jackal. I'm a guess'n, by past references, jackal even matches better with some of todays politicians of all parties.

In the Bible foxes are told spoil'n vineyards (Solomon 2:15) have'n holes (Matt: 8:31), be'n crafty as Herod the politician was (Luke 13:32), start'n fields of crops on fire (Judges 15:4), broken down walls (Nehemiah 4:3), a portion for the foxes (Psalms 63:10), and some prophets be'n like foxes in the dessert (Ezekiel 13:14).

After hear'n and a read'n, for some time now, the go'ns on with our neighbors to the west, for the Iowa caucus' it is possible to relate those folk and their actions to the fox we see sneak'n around in our fields and farm lots lately and those fox referred to in the Bible. Some might refer to them as sly, cunning, and crafty.

Well, I suppose the best advice is to guard your heart and not get caught up in all those political maneuver'ns.

We have a lot to be thankful for, begin'n this new year off as it is. The weather is mild, the crops have been good fer the most part, and prices are good, albeit off some from earlier levels.

I'm a think'n a good thought would be to "ladder" in some sales. Shoot for good average sales and don't get greedy. There are many market forces work'n hard to take the bloom off these prices. They are only wait'n for a prime excuse.

Have a good week this first week of the New Year, 2012, and today be'n the first day of the rest of your life.

I'm a hope'n you're a enjoy'n your family and friends throughout the New Year.

Keep on Smile'n
Catch ya Later
Barnyard Bruke