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July 05, 2007


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I think the right to good potato salad was originally guaranteed just after the right to bear arms.

I have seen this somewhere, Wikipedia perhaps:
"A well regulated and well fed Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms and eat delicious Potato Salads, shall not be infringed."

That might have been an early draft, now that I think about it.

I intend to try your recipe because it sounds both delicious and patriotic. Thanks!

We have just embarked on our SIXTH reading of These Happy Golden Years in the past twelve months, after I insisted that we read something DIFFERENT, even if there are chapters and chapters WITHOUT Almanzo (seriously, why are my six-year old daughters so OBSESSED with this romance, anyway?), which translated into Little Town on the Prairie, with the picture of Almanzo tipping his hat to Laura outside the revival meetings bookmarked (with an oval print-out of a childrearing affirmation from Growing Up Again, of all things).

All of which is just evidence to back up my assertion that I've spent a lot of time lately thinking about the public education system back then. I mean, it appears to have been ALL memorization, really. And then there was just a review of a recent book about the role that "reciting pieces" used to have in American culture, at http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/24/books/review/Sleigh-t.html

Of course, this starts to stray very close to my low-level embarrassment that I haven't ever memorized Bible verses, and my children have only memorized a few -- and those so haphazardly, typically as part of the VBS curriculum, that they can't still remember them now.

I think there's immense value in memorization, for its own sake and to make oneself an inheritor of an oral culture, but I don't value it enough to make the effort, apparently. Hmmmm.

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