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If we were having coffee

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It is disgusting to notice the increase in the quantity of coffee used by my subjects, and the amount of money that goes out of the country as a consequence.  Everybody is using coffee; this must be prevented.  His Majesty was brought up on beer, and so were both his ancestors and officers.  Many battles have been fought and won by soldiers nourished on beer, and the King does not believe that coffee-drinking soldiers can be relied upon to endure hardships in case of another war.

~ Frederick the Great of Prussia (1777)

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Sojourns

Swan song.
Swan song.

If we learn to read the birds — and their behaviors and vocalizations — through them, we can read the world at large. . . If we replace collision with connection, learn to read these details, feel at home, relax, and are respectful — ultimately the birds will yield to us the first rite of passage: a close encounter with an animal otherwise wary of our presence.

~ Jon Young, What the Robin Knows: How Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World

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