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"THEY ONLY SOURCE OF KNOWLEDGE IS EXPERIENCE." Albert Einstein   Anderson Creek, Starbuck, Rhea, #34 Complex, these are all names of huge fires that we have learned a lot from. Now what do we do with the knowledge? Those who manage the fighting of these fires have the facts...

"A PEOPLE WITHOUT THE KNOWLEDGE OF THEIR PAST HISTORY, ORIGIN, AND CULTURE IS LIKE A TREE WITHOUT ROOTS. Marcus Garvey   I always seem to stir up teachers with my opinions and if I do they are not fully reading or understanding why I am ticked at the educational...

"THE CARS WE DRIVE SAY A LOT ABOUT US." Alexandra Paul   Call me old, stubborn, feisty, insufferable, mule headed, independent, obnoxious, or any other term you like. When I look at the gaggle of new cars that they try to sell us and look us straight in...

"TO BE HUMAN IS TO HAVE A COLLECTION OF MEMORIES THAT TELLS YOU WHO YOU ARE AND HOW YOU GOT THERE." Rosecrans Baldwin   As I write this it is Easter Sunday. This week I am more aware of what Holy Week means than many of the past. It...

"BURN DOWN YOUR CITIES AND LEAVE OUR FARMS, AND YOUR CITIES WILL SPRING UP AGAIN AS IF BY MAGIC; BUT DESTROY OUR FARMS AND THE GRASS WILL GROW IN THE STREETS OF EVERY CITY IN THE COUNTRY." William Jennings Bryan   With less than two percent of the population involved with...

"HOPE IS PATIENCE WITH THE LAMP LIT." Tertullian   I am sure that this title has very few understanding what this name is, and how this relates to Kansas? There is a tombstone in the St. Leo Cemetery for a local boy which is empty and still waiting for...

"THERE IS NOTHING NEW IN THE WORLD EXCEPT THE HISTORY YOU DO NOT KNOW." Harry S. Truman   History has always been a quest for me. I have always loved the stories that old men tell me in cafes and taverns. I love museums and antique shops. I love...

"A SYSTEM OF MORALITY WHICH IS BASED ON RELATIVE EMOTIONAL VALUES IS A MERE ILLUSION, A THOROUGHLY VULGER CONCEPTION WHICH HAS NOTHING SOUND IN IT AND NOTHING TRUE." Socrates   Today's divisions that are tearing apart the fabric of our nation, regions, and families is the result of highly emotional arguments...

"I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO THE FUTURE, AND FEELING GRATEFUL FOR THE PAST." Mike Rowe   For many the future is dismal and something to be wary of. Yet time waits for no man. Sometimes to advance into the future you can look to the past. Amazing how things that...