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If you want people to know about your past, run for public office.

Ole thinks about places to go

Ay haff been to a lot of places, but Ay’ve neffer been in Cahoots. Apparently yew can’t go dare alone. Yew haff to be in Cahoots vit anutter guy – or girl.

Ay’ve also neffer been in Cognito, eider. People tell me dat no von recognizes yew dare.

Ay vould like to go to Conclusions, but Ay hear dat yew haff to yump to get dare.

Ay haff, however, been in Sane. It does not haff an airport; yew haff to be driven dare. Ay haff made several trips, tanks to my friends and family.

Man is the best computer we can put aboard a spacecraft, and it’s the only one that can be mass produced with unskilled labor. Wernher von Braun

Humans need continuous and spontaneous affiliations with the biological world, and meaningful access to natural settings is as vital to the urban dweller as to any other.---Dr. Stephen Kellert, Yale University

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.---Mahatma Gandhi

Hospitality is making your guests feel at home even when you wish they were.

There are worse things than getting a call for a wrong number at 4 a.m. Like it could be the right number.

A paleontologist is the best husband a woman can have. The older she gets, the more interested he is in her.

A diplomat is someone who tells you to go to hell in such a way that you look forward to the trip.

There's no trick to being a humorist when you've got the whole government working for you.---Will Rogers

If we had no faults, we should not take so much pleasure in noting those of others.---Francois VI, Duc de La Rochefoucauld

Previewing the Winter 2012-2013 issue.

Readers tell their stories in our special “Letters from the Land” edition.
Mike Pekarek writes lovingly about taking the family farm in Nebraska back to its prairie roots. It’s where his mother grew up.
Dan Gogerty leads off with a sweet story about his letter-writing and letter-delivering family, which includes two postal workers (that’s Kevin in the photo). He also shares his concern over the future of the U.S. Postal Service.
Dan Mays likes to think of native plants as living ancestors of the plants that made this great land.
Bruno Borsari added an art project to his back yard native planting.
Connie Mutel relates how prescribed burns are bringing back the oaks, a keystone species, to her woodland.
The discovery of a Stone Age cutting tool sets David Young to pondering his place in the succession of people who have occupied the land he’s restoring in Manitoba.
"Our industry is committed to the environment. All of our lobbyists are 100% recycled congressmen."
Tree farmer Dave Bartemes believes that bringing 60 acres of an eroded, abused 60 acres back to life has added years to his own life.
Bill and Beva Dahnke share the bittersweet story of leaving the land they put so much of themselves into.
We devote a special section this issue to the remarkable story of Mark Hirsch, who decided to document a year in the life of a tree by photographing it every day with his cell phone camera and posting the photos on Facebook. Depicting the tree in a different way each day, the creative portraits have generated a huge following on Facebook, turning the iconic oak into a living symbol for the preservation of biodiversity. Read a sneak preview of this story.

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