Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)
On a cold snowy day in January, 2021, I took this photo of two dairy cows who, it surely looked to me, were commiserating about the weather. The scene inspired me to read some homely farmer’s wisdom by Henry Ward Beecher, from his book Plain and Pleasant Talk About Fruits, Flowers, and Farming, published in 1859, I read it for the 83rd volume of the LibriVox Short Nonfiction Collection.
“Do not be tempted by fine weather to haul out manure–it will be half wasted by lying in small heaps over the field… Look to your fences. While you are moving about and repairing holes in the fence… you may inquire of yourself whether your character is not in some need of repair? Now is a good time to plan how to get out of debt. Don’t be ashamed to save in little things, nor to earn small gains… But set it down, to begin with, that no saving is made by cheating yourself out of a good newspaper. No man reads a good paper a year without saving by it.
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