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Started by tom sarbeck. Last reply by Plinius Dec 9, 2017. 5 Replies

In the Navy in 1950 my “buddies” told me to drink it or skip the coffee break.Naive, I believed them but needed four teaspoons of sugar to make it drinkable.Several months ago read of cold-brew in…Continue

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Coffee could literally be a lifesaver

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Comment by Plinius on December 11, 2017 at 7:44am

I worked a bit at the poem, made some footnotes and now I can use it as teaching material. Thanks!

Comment by Randall Smith on December 11, 2017 at 7:13am

Good poem, Don.

Right now, I'm burning a lot of catalpa and willow. It's almost like burning paper, it's so soft. But, I had those 2 trees cut down 20 months ago and hated to just throw the wood away. I have a list of the best to worst wood to burn. Ash is a little above the middle. I like it for its "splitability".

Comment by Plinius on December 11, 2017 at 4:25am

Thanks, Don! I like mythology like this. We have Sambucus Nigra here, and it would not be easy to hang yourself from it; it branches out at ground level and hardly ever makes a strong trunk.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 10, 2017 at 10:37pm

Don, thanks for the information on Elder trees and the Irish mythology! Here are a few more tales of the Elder tree and its mischief making qualities. 

The feared elder has its place on the farm

Comment by Don on December 10, 2017 at 12:58pm

Some varieties of elder may give off a poisonous smoke.  Mexican elder, found in the American South, contains a natural form of cyanide. Breathing the smoke can cause cyanide poisoning. 

As the poem suggests, there is a old folk belief that someone in the household will die if elder is burned.  It has also been said that every elder is witch.  In Christian mythology, Judas was hanged on an elder tree--another association with death.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 10, 2017 at 12:27pm

Thank you for the information, Don. I will share it with Larry. 

I'm glad you have a lawn tractor, a necessary item with acrage and gathering wood for the winter. 

Comment by Plinius on December 10, 2017 at 11:46am

Nice poem, Don! Does anyone understand the warning against elder tree? It's not poisonous, so it must be a myth.

Spud, we must just keep on dreaming of our earthships, and in the meantime go on with the projects that fit our possibilities. There's enough work!

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 10, 2017 at 11:14am

Plinius, in my younger days, I also wanted to build an earthship home.  I'm reasonably healthy for a 76 year old, but don't have the energy or ambition to build on now.

Comment by Don on December 10, 2017 at 10:25am

In honor of ash . . .

The Firewood Poem

Beechwood fires are bright and clear
If the logs are kept a year,
Chestnut's only good they say,
If for logs 'tis laid away.
Make a fire of Elder tree,
Death within your house will be;
But ash new or ash old,
Is fit for a queen with crown of gold

Birch and fir logs burn too fast
Blaze up bright and do not last,
it is by the Irish said
Hawthorn bakes the sweetest bread.
Elm wood burns like churchyard mould,
E'en the very flames are cold
But ash green or ash brown
Is fit for a queen with golden crown

Poplar gives a bitter smoke,
Fills your eyes and makes you choke,
Apple wood will scent your room
Pear wood smells like flowers in bloom
Oaken logs, if dry and old
keep away the winter's cold
But ash wet or ash dry
a king shall warm his slippers by.

Comment by Plinius on December 10, 2017 at 10:05am

I did see that you have a back-up, then you're much safer! 


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