The Tie That Binds - 08/27/14

    Every summer for the last several years, we've exchanged fruits & veggies with our neighbors to the left of us.  Nator and Sona retired here from Azerbeijan.  Nator used to run a huge peach orchard there.  Now, he has 3-4 peach trees planted in his yard here. 

  We don't speak any Azerbaijani and they don't speak a whole lot of English, but we communicate just fine through the language of produce.  A few weeks ago, we came home to find this huge bag of peaches on our front porch.  They're the sweetest, freshest peaches you'd ever want to eat, grown by an expert of course.  We take them our cucumbers, tomatoes and anything else we have success growing. 

   Our verbal conversations are hilarious.  We focus right on each other's faces as if grasping at straws to catch every 5th word.  There's a lot of non-verbal communication that takes place too--- hand waving, pointing, sign language... you get the picture.   Somehow, we always seem to understand each other though.  If we don't, we just both give up and with a big smile, give each other a hug. 

   We don't always know what they're trying to say and they don't know our words either, but we both know one thing.  Fresh food and a friendly smile is a universal language always worth sharing.  I love what they bring to the table both literally and figuratively--- a different perspective, a different life experience, a different culture, even a different language ---- in suburbia where life is too often lived in a bubble. 

   Hope you can encourage your kids to embrace and share with those different from yourself.  Our differences are what makes the world go 'round.  

 

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COIN TOSS-MAYOR

LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Usually, one flips a coin to determine things like who gets the ball first in a football game or who gets first dibs at the last slice of pie or something. But to settle an election? That's what happened in a small town high in the Peruvian Andes. Two candidates tied at the ballot box -- with each getting 236 votes in the municipal election. Peru's electoral law allows tie races to be decided by a coin toss. So the coin was tossed. And the winner -- Wilber Medina. His rival says he's cool with the results. It isn't known whether heads or tails carried the day -- and the election.

PUMPKINS-PIGS

SOMERSWORTH, N.H. (AP) -- It started as a potential case of pilfered pumpkins. But it turned out to be a windfall for a group of pigs. Foster's Daily Democrat in Somersworth, New Hampshire reports hundreds of pumpkins were reported stolen earlier week. The gourds had been set aside behind a school to be sold this weekend at a craft fair. The investigation didn't get far. Turns out a farmer spotted the pumpkins and asked a school worker if he could take them to feed his pigs. The school employee didn't know the pumpkins were being saved -- and the farmer took them. Police say the only ones that turned out happy in the whole episode -- are the hogs.

FIREWORKS-FUNERAL

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