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WISDOM: What You May Not Hear Elsewhere

Here are some pieces of life-style information to make you wiser, to provide you with extra knowledge so you can live a safer, contented and more productive life.
These are simple points of good sense as common sense is no longer common.

  1. Our most valuable natural resources are soil, water and air. These need to be cherished and conserved.

  2. Feed your kids mature fruit because it tastes nicer. Fruit is picked and sent to market when it’s not ripe so that the pieces get to the stores in good condition. Non-mature fruit is harder and less sweet than mature fruit that’s picked straight from the plant. Allow store-bought fruit to mature in a bowl in the kitchen but watch for mould. Berries usually ripen well in the fridge. You’ll need to plan at least a week ahead for the sweetness to be realised.

  3. Ripen fruit on top of fruit that’s already ripe. Ripe fruit releases ethylene gas which ripens other fruit. e.g. Tomatoes and pears can be ripened by placing them on top of ripe apples or bananas in a bowl.

  4. Our King (Jesus) has changed Australia’s climate to bring moisture to the interior using troughs. This was not the weather pattern in Australia when I studied climatology at university. This change has caused a massive alteration in weather and seasons across the entire continent. His aim as he’s told us is to transform the centre into a lush region so that our nation can be a food bowl for other nations. THEREFORE, we need to change our agricultural practices to accommodate the improved changes in our climate. If not, agricultural productivity will decline.

  5. The Internet is independent. It was originally set up that way so no one could control it.

  6. Entities that filter out conservative content can only do so in the facility they own and control. Google, Facebook and Twitter can only censor what comes through their servers. e.g. Google can filter Gmail, Google+, Google Home, etc. Internet Service Providers (ISPs) don’t censor. Web Hosting companies can censor websites, especially those breaking the law, but do not do so in general.

  7. Spinach has no more iron in the leaves than the average green vegetable. The fallacy of it’s high iron content came from an error in analysis last century which hasn’t been widely corrected. It remains in folk law to this day.

  8. Little children don’t like getting drops in their eyes. Place the drop on the edge of the eye next to the nose and allow it to drain into the eye. No more hysterics.

  9. If you’re concerned about plastic bags and plastic straws in the environment, then reconsider your synthetic clothing. Much of what is sold today are manufactured from man-made fibres – e.g. acrylic, nylon, polyester, viscose, rayon, etc. Even shoes have synthetic soles and uppers, especially joggers and women’s shoes. Most leather shoes have synthetic content. Why not change your buying habit and purchase clothing made from animal and plant materials – e.g. wool, cotton, linen, alpaca, felt, mohair, genuine silk, hemp, etc. These are totally biodegradable over a short period of time. With fashion causing society to update clothing on a seasonal basis, producing millions of tonnes of throw-away items, switching to primary biological materials makes good sense

  10. If you buy a new car to save money on petrol, you’ll come out backwards. While a more fuel efficient car saves money each week as it uses less fuel, it costs 10’s of thousands of dollars to buy, which you don’t have to spend. It also depreciates thousands of dollars as soon as it’s driven off the showroom floor. There are now costs of higher insurance, registration, etc. You will, however, save money on maintenance while it’s under warranty. All in all, it could take 10 years to have your total savings in petrol costs overtake the additional cost of a new vehicle. A low kilometre vehicle will reduce the time it takes to get your petrol money beginning to pay off. Sticking with your current car for another few years will save money even though it uses more petrol.

  11. There is a switch these days to natural foods. This can go to the extreme where a person considers all natural things good and all man-made things bad. Please bear these points in mind: Asbestos and arsenic are natural minerals; botulism, from the world’s most toxic poison is produced by the natural bacteria, Botulinus; all disease-causing bacteria are natural organisms; all viruses are natural entities; death adders and vipers are natural reptiles; deadly nightshade and hemlock are natural plants; and the death cap mushroom is a natural fungus. Not everything natural is good for you. If you don’t want man-made materials, then you won’t want a mobile phone or a car.

  12. Don’t plant a vegetable garden under or close to trees, even if that’s the only free space available. The tree’s surface feeding roots will remove the moisture and fertilizer you add for the vegies and their roots will grow up into the garden so the soil can’t be dug and turned over. It’s a waste even to attempt to do it.

  13. Don’t plant a flower garden under the canopy of a tree unless you are in a high rainfall area. The tree’s feeding roots will remove the moisture from the garden killing the flowering plants and giving you a high water bill. Hardy or drought-resistant plants are the only option in that situation.

  14. Don’t be taken in by ‘experts’. For every area, philosophy, scientific idea (read “fact” here), etc. there are at least 2 camps – one in agreement and the other in opposition. Whether it’s psychology, economics, science, agriculture, climate change, evolution, etc. these 2 poles exist in EVERYTHING. If someone purports to be an expert, there will be opposing members who will totally disagree with them in at least one point. Don’t be sucked in by so-called experts. (Check out my free e-book ‘Unmasking Evolution: The Resource’ to understand what I’m saying here: LINK.

  15. People learn cultural and organisation protocols by active learning — by being taught. They also learn a whole lot more from tacit approval — teaching by neglected teaching. When a person is not corrected for error or for being out of alignment with accepted norms, they automatically regard the lack of correction as approval for their behaviour or speech. This is why boundaries must always be set and enforced, and why discipline and correction are an essential part of learning. Your tacit approval will teach people (especially children and youth) unless you actively program their thinking on a constant basis.

  16. Save space in the vegetable garden by growing plants on trellises. This increases the productivity of the patch many fold and allows ease of movement on the ground because there is less ground cover. Water these with drip irrigation for low maintenance vegetable production. Suitable climbing plants are: Sugar Snap peas, Snow peas, Blue Lake beans, Purple King beans and cherry tomatoes.

  17. Some more exotic trellis vegetables are:
    *Caigua (Cyclanthera pedata) – ‘Achocha’, ‘Bolivian Cucumber’ [not cold winter]
    *Pimply Squash (Cucerbia pepo cv)
    *Tromboncino (Cucerbita moschata “Tromboncino”)
    *New Guinea Bean (Lagenaria sicerario) – ‘Cucuzza’ or ‘Italian Edible Gourd’
    *Climbing Spinach (Basella alba) – ‘Ceylon’, ‘Malabar’ or ‘Indian Runner Spinach’ [not cold winter]

  18. Broad beans can also be grown along the trellises and tied to them to support their height.

  19. Don’t be fooled by food labels that state “baked, not fried”. This is a psychological advertising trick to get you to think subconsciously that the contents is low in fat. These foodstuffs can have 15-22% fat. The fat or oil is added to the ingredients so they can be fried from the inside-out. Without this fat the product would not cook properly. Feel free to buy them, but consciously decide to do it, knowing that they aren’t ‘low fat’.

  20. One reason children can’t read at an early age is being undiagnosed with dyslexia. Check out this short movie about the condition in a boy’s life:
    “Mical (Dyslexia Film) – A mother’s tenacity to fulfill her dyslexic 7 year-old son’s true potential”.

  21. More information about dyslexia here:
    alphability.com.au .