CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

May 21, 2008

BRAMBLES (Brief RAMBLES) 1-3 May 21, 2008


ECOLOGY FROM ESTONIA TO CHINA

Way back when, people laughed at government funds supporting a science project that measured the amount of methane gas emitted by cows. However, it may not have been such a bad idea in light of the news that in Tallininn, Estonia, farmers received tax notices for their cattle’s tax emissions. According to the article, “Livestock produce large quantities of methane gas through belching and flatulence when they digest grass, which accounts of about 15% to 25 % of overall gas emissions, according to different estimates. A single cow produces on average 350 liters of methane and 1,500 liters of carbon dioxide per day. No other EU country imposes a flatulence tax on farmers.” —from the May 9, 2008, World in Brief, Tribune Review.
This tax should be a windfall for the Tallininn budget, but could be the straw that breaks the back of the farmer’s budget. I wonder—how long will it be before they tax emissions from humans? 

ARTESIAN WELLS AND STORYTELLERS

Enroute back from Cleveland my husband and I stopped at Daley’s Country Pantry, seller of bulk foods. It’s on a back road (Rt. 956) three miles south of New Wilmington, PA, but is moving soon into the old Giant Eagle store in New Wilmington. The shelves are lined with spices, candies, whole wheat pastas and different kinds of oatmeal, dried fruits, nuts, and Laubscher cheeses are available. John Daley is a storyteller. “This actually happened,” he said. “Way back when my grandfather first married, and had his first grandchild, he was a clerk at the Johnson Ohio Grocery Store. Back then, farm wives churned their own butter. They used their finger to put a design on the butter they sold at the store. When I was a child, one woman wanted to trade her butter for another woman’s butter, even though the mouse that fell in her churn was immediately removed. My grandfather did this. Then he took the traded butter in a back room, unwrapped it, and smoothed over the woman’s name, and remarked it. The woman who bought this butter returned and asked who made it, because it was the best butter she’d ever had. My grandfather didn’t have the heart to tell her that all she had to do to create the same flavor was to drop a mouse in her churn.”
Outside the store on Rt. 956 is an artesian well, where community residents fill jugs with the best water. According to the men at the well, filling their jugs, this water produces the best coffee in the world. We are fortunate for such a water supply in light of the drought conditions in southeastern and southwestern United States. See photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/carolyncholland/2509826443/
If you happen to be in the area, stop at the store. And make certain you have an empty jug.

ON TARDINESS

Being on time is often a problem for me. Those who know me know expect me to be late, no matter how I try to curb this behavior. Listening to 570 WKN radio (Youngstown, OH) while traveling back to Pennsylvania from Cleveland Heights, OH, the emcee (Lombardi) was talking about a Claire Maluso (forgive me if I have the name wrong, I couldn’t understand the pronunciation).  Lombardi said that Maluso’s cure for tardiness was going by the statement “If you are 15 minutes early, you are late.”
It’s an interesting concept. Always set your due time fifteen minutes early, then you truly will never be late. Perhaps I ought to adopt this statement…April 29, 2008

Additional reading: 

 

FERAL BIRDS: THE LATEST COMMUNITY HAZARD

BEAR CONFRONTATIONS: SAFETY PRECAUTIONS

THE WELL-ADJUSTED CHILD

WHAT? YOU WANT TO SEND ME A SUITCASE FULL OF BEANIE BABIES?!???!! WHAT WILL I DO WITH THEM?

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