Saturday, May 28, 2016

Is knowledge doubling -- or halving?

Here's my WND column for this weekend entitled "Is knowledge doubling -- or halving?"


  1. Yesterday I was purchasing a few more cases of pint canning jars and while checking myself out (you know where I went!) an employee starts asking me if I can my own food.
    I told her, yes, that I was canning tomatoes from my garden today. She went on and on about how she wanted to grow tomatoes and can them (yeah, right). She asked me if it was hard to can tomatoes. I told her just blanch them, chill them, core them, peel them, quarter them, stew them, and then can them. LOL! The look on her face was priceless as she gasped and said, OH I WOULD NEVER DO ALL THAT!
    Welcome to Walmart...

    p.s. I wasn't actually out of canning jars, just down to the 14 case minimum supply I like to have on hand!

    1. Great story. Sad but true. You might enjoy this picture.

      Montana Guy

  2. Yes, human knowledge is evolving. But humans are devolving, especially in the US.

    I bet most Americans today could not even spell the word ‘knowledge’.

    Montana Guy

  3. When I was in grade school my sister was in Junior high (1950). She had to make a blouse by hand, that is hand stitched. I remember this because I watched her suffering through it with my mothers help. After she completed that she got to make another blouse using a sewing machine. Our sewing machine was a pedal machine. My mother was awesome on that machine but it was a struggle for my sister. She did it and learned from it because I can remember her the next year making clothing without my mothers help. I took drafting and woodworking in the 7th and 8th grade. In the 9th grade I took drafting and metal working which included making tools with black smithing methods and casting metals. This was in the mid 50's. I could have and wanted to go to the trade high school in town but my mother and my counselors convinced me to go a different route. That trade school closed about ten years later and to my knowledge classes like cooking, sewing, wood working etc. are no longer offered. They can find time to teach alternative sex but not practical hands on skills.

    We teach our grandkids to cook and to can. They pick the fruit with us they help prepare it and they watch (they are only 5 & 7) us can it. I think growing up with it as a normal part of life contributes to understanding the process and the benefits of canning your own food.

  4. My husband and I had this same conversation. Most people don't know how to sew on a button, or check the oil level in their car.