ANCESTORS

2 Tough and Crazy people get together and consider life through the Oracle of the Animated Gif. They contemplate the ancestors. They are tracking back through the life of Melinda Kendall and that’s leading them into Happy Valleys and under the Gallow Gate in Glasgow. Its taking them back – to the Sydney Herald and Convict Ships, to Johannah and Hannah . To lagoons and waterfalls and Highland Scots. The French in Canada and the Polish Jews. Right to 100 acres on the Tweed River. Who are these ancestors ?
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Of the two thousand or so species in the bulging genus Solanum, about 170 are
tuber-bearers. Of the tuber-bearers, only eight are routinely cultivated and eaten
by people, and most of these have stuck pretty close to home in the Andes of Peru.
Only one has reached international stardom: S. tuberosum, commonly known as
the potato. The potato probably originated in Peru, where indications are that it
was domesticated over six thousand years ago by high-altitude-dwelling
ancestors of the Incas.”

– Blue Corn and Square Tomatoes: Unusual Facts about Common Garden Vegetables.

By Rebecca Rupp. Garden Way Publishing 1987

dodobird3trs.gifTreat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents,
it was loaned to you by your children.

We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors,
we borrow it from our Children.
– Ancient Indian Proverb

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Thomas Jefferson:

I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and Constitutions. But laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors.

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“People will not look forward to posterity who never look backward to their ancestors.”
-Edmund Burke

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from the site of MICHAEL GAROFALO

A person is never himself but always a mask; a person never owns his own person, but always represents another, by whom he is possessed.
And the other that one is, is always ancestors…”
– Norman O. Brown

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Also from Garofalo’s pages.

“Our remote ancestors said to their Mother Earth, “We are ours.”
Modern humanity has said to Nature, “You are mine.”
The Green Man has returned as the living face of the whole earth
So that through his mouth we may say to the Universe, “We are one.”
– Terri Windling

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” what is worth the human life unless it is woven into the lives of our ancestors by the records of history”. Author unknown

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