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The Wisdom Of Barnyard Bruke: "Lying Lips, Think With Discernment, Epicurus, Carnegie"

Greetings ta ever one in western Illinois and all readers of The Quill.

The wind that came thru these parts last week sure raised havoc. There are a few fields of corn yet stand'n wait'n to be harvested.

Some of those fields were badly lodged by the force of the wind. One field in particular, I noticed, was so badly damaged ya could see a rabbit in it with little trouble, stand'n tall reach'n higher'n than any corn out there.

Others around these parts lost electricity fer a spell. Some got it back around 10 o'clock at night, others had to wait till the next mornin'

As I write this column, the weatherman is a call'n fer a wet spell of a few days ahead of us. Many farmers are a hustle'n to get on their fall application of NH 3. A few farmers are a hold'n off, think'n the weather is too warm and they're afraid of loose'n it ta nitrification. Who knows fer sure until it's too late. Hindsight will then be 20/20.

The grain markets are remain'n low cause'n concern amongst many a folk.

Seems the American farmer produced too good a crop for the markets to swallow at a reasonable price. Many a feller is not sell'n at this time, they are a hope'n prices will work up. Only time will tell fer sure.

In last week's column I wrote I would touch on "Lying Lips" as a follow up to "Lips That Entangle". Thanks go out to the favorable comments received concern'n "Lips That Entangle".

Lying Lips

In the Good Book ya can read in Proverbs 12:22 Lying Lips are abomination to the Lord: but they that deal truly are his delight.

Most folk around these parts don't tell lies or at a minimum at least not outright lies. But in reality ly'n includes anything that is intentionally deceptive, dishonest, or misleading. Any type of wrong impression is deceit.

In thinking about it, how truthful are we since honesty includes all our motives, actions, and attitudes?

If'n we so much as convey an attitude that is different from what we heard, can it be said we are be'n truthful?

Fer example, in listen'n to a tale we might perceive what we would like to hear, based on our negative attitude toward another person. It's sometimes easy to ask confirming questions and not hear what was actually said or what should have been said.

A feller can add assumptions and conclude how the story was based on their own bias's. Soon we have the poor victim committ'n untold crimes simply because we squeezed it out of another assumer.

And so the rumor begins. Once again some fellers can casually slant the facts to increase the juiciness and blend in attitude to enhance the flavor.

Our listener reports the story to us fer confirmation or clarification, and we don't correct it, even though we know that he or she did not understand it as it was originally meant. A raised eyebrow, a certain word emphasized, or an added suspicion accompanies the rumor. The listener is deceived.

We are admonished to be truthful, right down ta the nitty-gritty. We must have nothing to do with devices that deceive. If'n ya must repeat of tell tales, they must be true, with no added inflection, attitude, or juice.

Further more those tales that are true but unnecessary should be left ta wither and die as far as you are concerned.

And, the hearers of such tales would do well ta practice the same of letting "em wither and die as far as repeat'n "em is concerned. It'n ya has itch'n ears, it is best to scratch them somewhere else.

That's all I want to write on fer now on Ly'n Lips. In this political season with all of it's rhetoric, I'm sure there are many examples a feller could draw on to prove his point on the topic.

Think With Discernment

Now fer your reflection I'll give ya some wisdom on think'n with discernment from a persian proverb:

He who knows not, and knows not that he knows not, is a fool; Shun him

He who knows not, and knows that he knows not, is a child; Teach him.

He who knows; and knows not that he knows, is asleep; Wake him.

He who knows, and knows that he knows, is wise; Follow him.


Epicurus is quoted as say'n: Of all the things that wisdom provides to help one live one's entire life in happiness, the greatest by far is the possession of friendship. Eating or drinking without a friend is the life of a lion or a wolf.


And to add to that, Dale carnegie has given the follow'n quote: You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get people interested in you.

Have a good rest of the week. Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.

Hope'n ta see ya in church this week.

Wherever ya is,

whatever ya be a do'n


Keep on Smile'n

Catch Ya Later