Advice from An Old Farmer

Wendy S. Delmater
By Wendy S. Delmater on Wed, Jan 7, 2015 - 7:35pm

q?_encoding=UTF8&ASIN=1423607015&Format=_SL160_&ID=AsinImage&MarketPlace=US&ServiceVersion=20070822&WS=1&tag=peakprosp-20Don't Whiz on an Electric Fence: Grandpa's Country Wisdom is my new favorite book.

by Roy English (a former TX  state legislator and judge) I will share:

Keep skunks and bankers at a distance.
Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.
A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.
Words that soak into your ears are whispered… not yelled.
Meanness don’t jes’ happen overnight.
Forgive your enemies; it messes up their heads.
Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.
It don’t take a very big person to carry a grudge.
You cannot unsay a cruel word.
Every path has a few puddles.
When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.
The best sermons are lived, not preached.
Most of the stuff people worry about ain’t never gonna happen anyway.
Don’t judge folks by their relatives.
Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
Live a good, honorable life… Then when you get older and think back, you’ll enjoy it a second time.
Don ‘t interfere with somethin’ that ain’t bothering you none.
Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a Rain dance.
If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin’.
Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.
The biggest troublemaker you’ll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin’.
Always drink upstream from the herd.
Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.
Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin’ it back in.
If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around..
Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.
Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you.
Most times, it just gets down to common sense.

(And from the back cover, "If at first you don't succeed, try raising rabbits.)

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Great stuff!

Love it, will repost if you do not mind.

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Wendy S. Delmater
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repost is fine

I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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'twas a hoot

 to read all those truisms in one post....thanks....from a farmer

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Rural Wisdom at its finest

Thanks Wendy,


Sounds just like some of the old timers from my farming community.  100% good advice.

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Great post, Wendy!

-Can't wait to check out the book!

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... always a good word. Thanks. 

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Wisdom + simplicity = priceless advice!

 smiley  Love this stuff! Thanks Wendy!

Great reminders to start my day, my week, and my year...

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Thanks Wendy, The amazon link

Thanks Wendy, The amazon link had a used copy for $3.60 with free shipping.....ok!  Tangent: I'm glad to get the book that cheap, but I've gotta wonder how much longer they can operate at a loss while squeezing the life out of all the local book stores and retailers.

Loved the quote and looking forward to reading the book!

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Great post!

You just can't beat country wisdom.

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Just added to my on-line quotes database!

Just added these to my database of some 7,000 of my favourite quotes!

Send email to [email protected] to get a random quote, or [email protected] to get 50 random quotes. Put a word in the Subject line to filter for that word.

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