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The Wisdom of Barnyard Bruke: Science, Twins, Easter, Inspiration

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

Palm Sunday was last weekend, Maudy Thursday, and Good Friday is in a couple days, and passover is this coming Saturday with Easter the next day. It's well ta remember what all of these days represent.

science says

Science says that we need at least 4 basic elements to survive:

1. Water

2. Air

3. Food

4. Light

And look what the Bible tells us about Jesus:

2. I am the source of living water.

2. I am the breath of life.

3. I am the bread of life.

4. I am the light of the world.

Science was right! We need Jesus to live! -Lury


In a mother's womb were two babies.

One asked the other:

"Do you believe in life after delivery?"

The other replied,

"Why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later."

"Nonsense" said the first. "There is no life after delivery. What kind of life would that be?"

The second said,

"I don't know, but there will be more light than here. Maybe we will walk with our legs and eat from our mouths. Maybe we will have other senses that we can't understand now."

The first replied,

"That is absurd. Walking is impossible. And eating with our mouths? Ridiculous! The umbilical cord supplies nutrition and everything we need. But the umbilical cord is so short. Life after delivery is to be logically excluded."

The second insisted,

"Well I think there is something and maybe it's different than it is here. Maybe we won't need this physical cord anymore."

The first replied,

"Nonsense. And moreover if there is life, then why has no one ever come back from there? Delivery is the end of life, and in the after-delivery there is nothing but darkness and silence and oblivion. It takes us nowhere."

"Well, I don't know," said the second, "but certainly we will meet Mother and she will take care of us."

The first replied "Mother? You actually believe in Mother? That's laughable. If Mother exists then where is She now?"

The second said, "She is all around us. We are surrounded by her. We are of Her. It is in Her that we live. Without Her this world would not and could not exist."

Said the first: "Well I don't see Her, so it is only logical that She doesn't exist."

To which the second replied, "Sometimes, when you're in silence and you focus and listen, you can perceive Her presence, and you can hear Her loving voice, calling down from above."

Maybe this was one of the best explanations fer the concept of GOD. The boys and us will have ta dwell on this fer a spell.

The Henderson County community has sure had some tremendous losses with the pass'n of several community minded folk: Pat Brokaw, Joe Kane, Beverly Brent, Phyllis Cole, Gail Furnald, and in Hancock County, Esther Boyd, and the sudden loss of States Attorney Jason Pohren.

It's hard to duplicate all they did fer our communities to make'm a better place to live. They will sure be missed.

With this be'n Holy Week and Easter Sunday a come'n, me and the boys are share'n some old quotes and say'ns....


Angels, roll the rock away;

Death, yield up thy mighty prey:

See, He rises from the tomb,

Glowing with immortal bloom.

~Thomas Scott,"Easter Angels"

And as He was resurrected

On that day, so very fair,

Let our thoughts be resurrected

From wrong thinking to God's care.

~Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, "Easter" (1940s)

Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection,

not in books alone, but in

every leaf in spring-time.

~Martin Luther

I think of the garden after the rain;

And hope to my heart comes singing,

At morn the cherry-blooms will be white,

And the Easter bells be ringing!

~Edna Dean Proctor,

"Easter Bells"

"Easter," all her birds are singing,

Easter, and the souls of men,

Lying long in strife and shadow,

Take the light of heaven again.

~J.J. Britton (1832-1913), "Easter"

Easter tells us that life is to be interpreted not simply in terms of things but in terms of ideals.

~Charles M. Crowe

The fasts are done; the Aves said;

The moon has filled her horn

And in the solemn night I watch

Before the Easter morn.

So pure, so still the starry heaven,

So hushed the brooding air,

I could hear the sweep of an angel's wings

If one should earthward fare.

~Edna Dean Proctor,

"Easter Morning"

But from this earth,

this grave, this dust,

My God shall raise me up,

I trust.

~Walter Raleigh

The resurrection gives my life meaning and direction and the opportunity to start over no matter what my circumstances.

~Robert Flatt

Easter is not a time for groping through dusty, musty tomes or tombs to disprove spontaneous generation or even to prove life eternal. It is a day to fan the ashes of dead hope, a day to banish doubts and seek the slopes where the sun is rising, to revel in the faith which transports us out of ourselves and the dead past into the vast and inviting unknown.

~Author unknown, as quoted in the Lewiston Tribune


Who made the rule that life has to be so serious? One would think that "Life Is Serious" had been engraved upon stone tablets to judge from how most lives are lived.

Get a life, smile broadly, sing loudly, paint your rooms in bold colors, search every rabbit hole for a magical white bunny, have caviar for breakfast and oatmeal for dinner, wear a purple coat with a red hat - dance lightly with life.

- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I lied on my Weight Watchers list. I put down that I had 3 eggs... but they were Cadbury chocolate eggs. ~Caroline Rhea

I am a great believer in luck

and I find that the harder

I work the more I have of it.

- Thomas Jefferson

You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was.

- Abraham Lincoln

Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.

- Henry David Thoreau

Life is like a ten speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use.

- Charles M. Schulz

Well, that's it fer this week.Have a good rest of the week. Hope'n ta see ya in church this weekend along with yer family and others ya love.

Remember, wherever ya are, whatever ya be a do'n "BE A GOOD ONE!"

Keep on Smile'n

Count yer many Blessings

Catch ya later,

Barnyard Bruke