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In Japan, today is #Setsubun #節分, the holiday that marks the turning point from Winter towards Spring and is known for throwing beans at people dressed as demons (or just throwing them out the window). The neighborhood Shinto priest told us that people throw beans because beans were the baseline food for agricultural people, holding the power of survival when there was no other food. So you chase away poverty, illness, hunger, depression, despair... with beans.
Here's to Silas Soule!
"A respected Union officer and gentleman, Captain Silas S. Soule proved his convictions by refusing to fire at the Sand Creek Massacre. This man of character, born in Maine to an abolitionist family, moved to Kansas in the late 1850's. The Soule family was ... active in the Underground Railroad. Following the execution of famed abolitionist John Brown in 1859, Silas Soule traveled to Harper's Ferry, West Virginia, in an attempt to rescue two of Brown's followers..."
This looks great, i.e. disturbing, i.e. provocative of action...
"Many in the co-op community are unaware of just how dire the situation [in the USDA cooperative department] is. As of this writing, a
program that numbered about 75 cooperative specialists in the mid-1990s is now down to three
professionals. For many, the agency lost visibility when USDA abruptly killed Rural Cooperatives magazine about a year ago, ending its 84 years in production without a word of explanation to the public."
Morning hike with Alice, nice start to the day. #colorado
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