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Postby bailey36 » Sun May 27, 2012 10:31 pm

My daughter sent me a book for Mother's day, It's called Goat Song, it is
described as: A seasonal life, a short History of herding, And the art of
making cheese. Since I haven't had any goats for several decades I couldn't
see why she'd sent me the book and was ready to just give it away. But I
took a sample reading of it and changed my mind,. This is a terrific little
book and all it is reputed to be, it really gives one an overview of goats,
teaches us the words associated with herding and a great deal more And it
teaches one how to make cheese, all in a gentle poetic venue that speaks
lovingly about the land, herding and goats. It's by Brad Kessler. Now I
wish I had goats again. REALLY WISH IT.

I haven't been here in a while, been busy, I even forgot my password and my isp changed hands so forget getting it emailed to me. Anyway I just got this book that some might enjoy, here is a paragraph from it: from the chapter on haying.

"The Nomadic dream is to follow an ever-unfolding bloom. To walk or ride alongside hoofed animals and lead them to provender. The enduring Myth of the cowboy is just the latest incarnation of the nomad leading his animals to pasture, providing food, and protecting his herds against the wild. The Indo-European root word "pa"["to feed, protect"] holds within it's kernal the germ of that dream, and all the words that sprout from it--food, fodder, feed, foster, pasture, repast, pasta, pabulum, pantry, company, companion--tell the same story; of provision and protection. Companionship with animals and other humans. " Goat Song by Brad Kessler

There is also a lot about making cheese and caring for goats, but the whole book is woven lovingly with a joy for the pastoral and of words.
m. Bailey
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Postby Perry Lassiter » Sun May 27, 2012 11:36 pm

Welcome back. You gave us an interesting word progression and recommended a book. Not bad for one post.
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Postby Philip Hudson » Mon May 28, 2012 12:35 am

Welcome back bailey.
Thanks for the PIE root "pa" and so many descendants. Shipley, in "The Origins of English Words", gives these and more in a full page of discussion of the root.
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Postby Slava » Mon May 28, 2012 7:38 pm

The return of Bailey would be wondrous indeed, but I sincerely doubt that this is the same Bailey of earlier fame. For one, the original was a He, this one's a mother. I expect this is actually spam for the book. :-(
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Postby Perry Lassiter » Mon May 28, 2012 11:52 pm

Ahh...discernment! Is yr middle name Sherlock?
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Postby Slava » Tue May 29, 2012 6:11 pm

Perry Lassiter wrote:Ahh...discernment! Is yr middle name Sherlock?
Who, me? Never! Merely practicing my perspicacity.
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Postby Philip Hudson » Tue May 29, 2012 6:55 pm

Slava is perspicacity better than discernment? I don't pretend to much of either.
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Postby Slava » Tue May 29, 2012 7:35 pm

Philip Hudson wrote:Slava is perspicacity better than discernment? I don't pretend to much of either.
Better, no. Different, yes. How to differentiate the two is an entirely different matter.
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Postby Philip Hudson » Thu Jun 07, 2012 6:57 pm

Surely a spammer would not have a Bible verse as her signature. This is shown as her first post. bailey36, please post again to this thread and tell us if you are a new member of Alpha Agora. What you wrote didn't sould like spam to me and I would like to get your comments. I invite you to send comments to other threads too, if you wish. I want to know someone with so interesting a signature quotation from the /bible.

Speaking of goats, I sometimes call Alpha Agora, Alpha Angora. Thus, the First Group beomes the First Goat. Remember I love malapropisms and puns.
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Postby bailey36 » Wed Jun 13, 2012 9:50 pm

ah, I see your confusion since I was both mother and father to my daughter she sends me gifts for both occasions.

and I would get no royalties or recognition if you bought/read the book, so it's not spam.

"Suspicions
Even though I know that you love me, baby
And I really shouldn't feel this way
Oooooh Suspicions"
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Postby Philip Hudson » Sat Jun 16, 2012 12:19 am

bailey:

Thank you for running the gauntlet. I knew you would triumph. Again I say, welcome to Alpha Agora.
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