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March, 2012

Life Lessons - Part 1

March 2012 Life Lessons. 2 short words and yet powerful enough that we can live our entire lives based on them. Sometimes, life lessons result from a “positive” occurrence but (unscientifically) my life demonstrates the power of “negative” in teaching a person.    Cause and Effect   Truth and Consequences   Action and Reaction       Cord and Discord These are the “Essence” of Life Lessons As a parent of a bunch of teenager boys and girls, I’ve been recently reminded of the power and impact of life lessons. And, being a self-declared parent of vast wisdom, I frequently share in an unsolicited fashion the “life lessons” I gained growing up (in an obvious and fruitless effort to turn teaching moments into “don’t repeat my mistakes” parables.) I’ve noticed, when presenting “case” scenarios,  the most powerful life lessons I ...

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Make the Connection

It’s hard to believe March is here. The days are getting longer and there is much to look forward to this month including National Ag Day (3/8), The Chicago Flower and Garden Show (3/10-3/18) and St. Patrick’s Day! So, what is Ag Day and Why Celebrate Agriculture? Agriculture provides almost everything we eat, use and wear on a daily basis. But too few people truly understand this contribution. This is particularly the case in our schools, where students may only be exposed to agriculture if they enroll in a horticulture or foods class or happen upon a teacher with a passion for it.  Through Ag Day, the Agriculture Council of America is encouraging young people to consider career opportunities in agriculture and providing a special day to think about the role ag plays in all of our lives.  The Cook County Farm Bureau will be hosting over 1,000 students in honor of Ag Day at both Wagner Farm in Glenview and Chicago High School for Ag Sciences at our Ag Day events in March and April (see next month’s Cooperato ...

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Manifolds, Manolos and Manure

I like details.  Order.  Advance planning.  Control.  And right now I don't seem to have it. In the very near future I will hop on a plane and fly half around the world.  For a semi-farm girl from the little town of Harvard, it will be a whole new world.  And after 12 days I will hop another plane and fly the rest of the way around the world and back to home.  Looking at the agenda, there's about four other fights ranging in three hours to a lot more that I'm choosing to ignore at this point in time. As the count down to departure continues despite my adamant protests, I've realized that every scrap of paper I own is filled with random notes.  Reminders to make copies.  Reminders to send out materials.  Projects still on the burner.  Items that still need to be located (... um ... passport, where I did I put you for safe keeping?).  Lists that still need to be made.  A single, 44 pound suitcase that still needs to be packed (yes, a single 44 pound suitcase for 14 days). Despite my propensity for control I ...

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