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Not being reasonable, is not necessarily unreasonable


Fri, Sep 7th, 2001
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Monday, September 3, 2001

An essay by Neil Haugerud

Reason, one can argue, is perhaps one of the most overrated attributes of human intelligence, and the archenemy of innovation and spontaneity. While the analytical lifestyles of today expect and often demand that we have a reason for doing everything, mental health experts tell us that the ability to be spontaneous and impromptu are indispensable for good mental health. And mental health is an essential element of physical health.

Daily, in most households and businesses, one hears the question - "What do you want to do that for?" A serious succinct answer is expected.

When a seventy-year-old man planted several acres of hardwood trees, that mature in 80 years, on his farm this spring, a neighbor expecting the succinct answer asked, "What the hell did he want to do that for?

Nearly every morning on my trip to town, I see a reasonably wealthy, somewhat infirm, elderly man weeding his lawn dah! Whats he doing that for?

One of my neighbors takes a daily pee in his yard near the telephone pole. Whats he do that for? I know of a lady that keeps thirty some cats in her house. What the hell for? Whats wrong with these people anyway?

I occasionally go to taverns by myself just to sit, look around and think. My wife has difficulty understanding this behavior. "Whats wrong with you anyway?" she might ask.
When one responds to such questions by saying, just for fun, just for the hell of it, I just feel like it, or for no reason at all, none of the responses are deemed reasonable answers.

And of course theyre not, if we accept the assumption there must be a reason for everything. Now if that were the case, why do so many men, who question the reason of nearly everything, all button the top button of their shirt and wear neckties. Theres surely more reason to peeing in the yard than wearing a necktie.

And whats reasonable, in this age of enlightenment, about our judges wearing long black dresses in court while shaking their heads in dismay at what they term to be unreasonable attire of the younger generation? Now there is no virtue in being unreasonable for its own sake, but there is also no virtue in being reasonable on demand. Refusing to be reasonable does not commit us to a state of unreasonableness.

What ever happened to the acceptability of being carefree, acting intuitively, talking to ones muses and acting upon th .....
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Sam the Wonder Dog

Fri, Sep 7th, 2001
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Monday, September 10, 2001

One of the movies that I have in my collection is about a boy and his dog titled, LASSIE COME HOME. After I watched it, I started to think; I have a dog, he is smart and why couldnt he get into show business? After ..... 
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Commute 004

Fri, Sep 7th, 2001
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Monday, September 10, 2001

Its been twenty-four years since I took ninth grade biology, so it came as a real surprise when my teacher called me a couple of weeks ago. My name has changed since then, so he wasnt sure whom he was calling, but ..... 
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Are You Game?

Fri, Sep 7th, 2001
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Monday, September 10, 2001

Another N.F.L. season is upon us and I am ready to make my predictions.

Looking ahead 16 regular season games and several playoff matchups from now, I pick the St. Louis Rams and the Miami Dolphins to go al ..... 
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Butterflies through Binoculars

Fri, Sep 7th, 2001
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Monday, August 6, 2001

What creature flies; makes no sounds; does not bite, sting or carry disease; is bright orange with dark bands on its upperparts and silver spots below; and is common in meadows, fields and along roadsides in Fillmore Cou ..... 
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Why Study Turtles Anyway?

Fri, Sep 7th, 2001
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Weaver Dunes Field Report Late Summer 2001By John LevellMonday, August 20, 2001

With nesting finally completed, those of us working on the Weaver Dunes Blandings Turtle Research Project can at last step back to enjoy a m ..... 
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Seed Saving Starts Now there.

Fri, Sep 7th, 2001
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Virginia CooperMonday, September 10, 2001

If it makes a seed, you can save it. Whether it comes true, or the next generation of plants is identical to the parent depends on whether the plant is open pollinated or a hybrid.

Open pollin ..... 
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The Day of the Cricket

Fri, Sep 7th, 2001
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Monday, August 27, 2001

It is an ill wind that blows no one any good. This summers heat and lack of rain will result in a crop disaster for some farmers. To those of us who dont like to mow lawns, the same weather gives us a vacation from th ..... 
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A Journey West

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Monday, September 3, 2001

June 1975

The northwest wind, gusting to 30 miles an hour, brought tears to my eyes as I concentrated on the road ahead. Huge cumulus clouds drifted across the blue skyline, playing tag with the sun. We drove ..... 
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