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Country wisdoms

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Do not say the things you know: let others say them, making the points that you could make into bird-flights of homily. Finally, when the words settle into darkening trees and tuck heads under exhausted wings, you ask the question. Facts come in big baskets, as apples and potatoes do, or onions. Pour them out, rolling, and in the basket's bottom are the rotten ones, already invalidating the others. Being right is easy -- It's bridging over shaky answers that takes a lot of planking above the noisy stream. Before you sow your way of thinking broadcast in other gardens, remember your neighbor has a lot of weeds to hoe. Try not to add to them.

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