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    "There are obviously two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live."
    James Adams, from his essay "To 'Be' or to 'Do': A Note on American Education", 1929

    We're a Canadian family of five, farming, home schooling, and building our own house. I'm nowhere near as regular a blogger as I used to be.

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Poetry Friday: Poems for plumbers

and sixpacks and other on-the-(Main)-Street types:

Men Say They Know Many Things
by Henry David Thoreau

Men say they know many things;
But lo! they have taken wings —
The arts and sciences,
And a thousand appliances;
The wind that blows
Is all that any body knows.

Note On Intellectuals
by W.H. Auden

To the man-in-the-street, who, I’m sorry to say
Is a keen observer of life,
The word Intellectual suggests straight away
A man who’s untrue to his wife.

And a bit of non-verse poetry courtesy of Frank Capra:

“I don’t read no papers, and I don’t listen to radios either. I know the world’s been shaved by a drunken barber, and I don’t have to read it. ”

Guess the movie without the help of Google and win my undying admiration.

Becky at Becky’s Book Reviews is hosting today’s Poetry Friday roundup, where you can find more poetry fun and edification.

4 Responses

  1. Becky,

    Joe Six-pack and Joe the Plumber are all the rage down here in the lower 48…as I guess you already know. I just can’t believe what I hear being said by certain candidates in this US presedential campaign. And I even wonder, at times, about the intellectual capacity of some of our news people. I’m just glad we have The Daily Show and The Colbert Report and Tina Fey to keep us laughing.

    BTW, can you see the North Pole–or Russia–from your front porch?

    Although I remember watching reruns of old Frank Capra movies on TV, I can’t say those lines ring a bell.

  2. Elaine, I can’t believe what’s being said either, or that just a few weeks away from the election with important issues to consider reporters are camped out on the lawn of a plumber and sorting out his licensing.

    I can’t even see Saskatchewan from here, but as can the Iowa Lt. Governor, I can castrate a calf! And butcher chickens and herd cats.

    Think Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck…

    Have a great weekend, Elaine!

  3. So worship me – it’s meet John Doe, right? (I was waffling between that and Ball of Fire, but I thinks it’s Meet John Doe. )

  4. Ding ding ding, we have a winner : ). And I grovel at your Frank Capra- (and Howard Hawks-) loving feet, Mary Lou!

    I’ve had Ball of Fire on my ZipList (Canadian Netflix) since the movie first came out last year, but it must be awfully popular because I’m still waiting…

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