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Sunday, April 14, 2024 big moon Bethlehem CT

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In my last entry, I mentioned how we are often dogmatic and pragmatic in our approach to gardening. Many years ago I read a book about running a landscaping business. The book was called 'Systems for Success' by Dwight Hughes. Dwight mentioned that half the time landscapers are doing things a cettain way just because that was the way they were taught and because of that they have always done things the same way with out questioning why. He illustrates this point with a short story that went something like this. I will paraphrase it as best as I can from my memory.

A newly wed couple is getting ready to celebrate their first Christmas together and for dinner the new wife is cooking up a ham. As she is preparing it to go in the oven, her husband is watching her, and notices that she cuts both ends of the ham off before putting it in the oven. He is confused by what she has just done and asks her. "Why did you just cut both ends of the ham off before putting it on the baking tray and into the oven". The wife then replies; I don't really know why.... it is how my mother always did it.... and her ham always came out great. I will call her and ask her why it has to be done that way." So she calls her mom and asks her "Why do you have to cut both ends of the ham off before it goes into the oven?" The mother then replies "Geez I don't really know why, that is just how I saw my mother do it, and her ham always came out great. WHy don't you call her and ask her." So the newlywed then calls her grandma and says, "Grandma I have a question that I need an answer too. But so far have been unsuccessful in getting one. WHy is it that you always have to cut the ends off your ham before you bake it? THe grandma then chuckled and replied "Oh that's silly, of course you don't have to cut the ends off your ham before you bake it. The only reason I used to cut the ends off the ham before I baked it is because I didn't have a pan big enough to bake it in, so I needed to cut some off so it would fit in the pan!

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