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Ray Lovegrove
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(aka Hay Quaker) ~ I am a self-sufficient vegetarian and Quaker living on the border between Wales and England with my wife and children. I try to live a life that is both plain and simple. I grow as much of our food as possible and look after the house and children. I am an occasional writer and one time chemistry teacher at Leighton Park Quaker School. I'm a Quaker, but like to share views with those of other faiths or none.
(aka Hay Quaker) ~ I am a self-sufficient vegetarian and Quaker living on the border between Wales and England with my wife and children. I try to live a life that is both plain and simple. I grow as much of our food as possible and look after the house and children. I am an occasional writer and one time chemistry teacher at Leighton Park Quaker School. I'm a Quaker, but like to share views with those of other faiths or none.

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“It does seem to me, that herein we see the rare virtue of a strong individual vitality, and the rare virtue of thick walls, and the rare virtue of interior spaciousness. Oh, man! admire and model thyself after the whale! Do thou, too, remain warm among ice. Do thou, too, live in this world without being of it. Be cool at the equator; keep thy blood fluid at the Pole. Like the great dome of St. Peter's, and like the great whale, retain, O man! in all seasons a temperature of thine own.”

~ Herman Melville

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"How could we even begin to disarm greed and envy? Perhaps by being much less greedy and envious ourselves; perhaps by resisting the temptation of letting our luxuries become needs; and perhaps by even scrutinising our needs to see if they cannot be simplified and reduced."

~ E. F. Schumacher

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"We think the Earth is ours,
We dig it, drill it, plough it, mine it, pave it bomb it.
Then from within the heart of things, the Earth erupts, it shakes, it quakes, it shifts and drifts.
May we learn to respect the Earth, for it is shaped by forces greater than our own, and we should live in awe of them."

~ Lois Rock

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“Spring was moving in the air above and in the earth below and around him, penetrating even his dark and lowly little house with its spirit of divine discontent and longing.” 

~  Kenneth Grahame

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"If you love and enjoy your children, you are a good parent. If you love and enjoy your own life and ideas, then relax and get on with it. Don't let this machine keep you from the hard work of sorting out life's mysteries and predicaments. A computer is a tool to be used wisely, but it's a very seductive tool that can start using you.
Now, shut me off, turn off the computer, stand and stretch, and go outside!"


~ Michelle Everett Wilbert

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"If you ask people what kinds of activities bring them pleasure, it's usually contact with nature, things that are creative, and relationships with people, and the things we do to live simply bring us all of those satisfactions."

~  Jeanne Roy

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"The only true standard I can have to direct myself by is that which experience proves to give me the most happiness, buy enabling me to be virtuous. I believe there is something in the mind or in the heart that shows its approbation when we do right. Let me take courage and try from the bottom of my heart to do that which I believe truth dictates."


 - Elizabeth Gurney Fry

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"The smell of manure, of sun on foliage, of evaporating water, rose to my head; two steps farther, and I could look down into the vegetable garden enclosed within its tall pale of reeds - rich chocolate earth studded emerald green, frothed with the white of cauliflowers, jewelled with the purple globes of eggplant and the scarlet wealth of tomatoes."

~  Doris Lessing

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"Understand is not the word; you are right, you can never really 'understand' about someone, anyone, even yourself. It is best to believe in them as human; feel that they are alive like you and need warmth, concern." 

~ Rudy Henry Wiebe

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“I have found that some of the simplest things have given me the most pleasure. They didn't cost me a lot of money either. They just worked on my senses. Did you ever pick very large blueberries after a summer rain Walk through a grove of cottonwoods, open like a park, and see the blue sky beyond the shimmering gold of the leaves? Pull on dry woolen socks after you've peeled off the wet ones? Come in out of the subzero and shiver yourself warm in front of a wood fire? The world is full of such things.” 

 ~ Richard Proenneke
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