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What exists seminally in God unfolds and develops in man. Scientists seek to know all that exists. The cosmologist studies the universe as a whole; the archaeologist and the paleontologist examine the ancient past on Earth; the particle physicist plumbs the smallest things. Scientists attempt to encompass everything and ultimately desire to know the source of all that is. If Homo sapiens could not embrace the totality of being, the pursuit of science would be doomed to failure, and in the end would be meaningless.

Yet, we must not forget that science is only one of the many ways we are connected to things—a wonderful way at that—but it does not embrace the totality of being, and thus doing science is only part of the spiritual life. Love and hate, hope and despair, freedom and enslavement cannot be measured on a meter; existence is vastly greater than the results of measuring apparatus, and measurements, themselves, ultimately depend upon a human observer.

If scientists were to look inward with the same seriousness with which they look outward, they would be forced to reflect upon the interior life, upon the creature who seeks truth, desires to know everything, delights in beauty, experiences joy when the truth is encountered, and wonders about why nature can be known at all. Doing science does reveal much about the interior life. But the experimental method renders science, itself, mute about meaning, purpose, and value. For a fuller account of the purpose of human life, we must turn to the interior experience of musicians, poets, and, yes, mystics, but most especially to the three great teachers of humankind—the Buddha, Socrates, and Jesus.

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John's College, Santa Fe. Related Posts. July 4th, 0 Comments. July 3rd, 0 Comments. July 3rd, 1 Comment. As for feeding your keets, try a 21 to 23 percent protein ration consisting of either commercial turkey starter or mashed hard-boiled eggs mixed with cottage cheese and a little cornmeal or oatmeal. After four weeks, switch to 18 percent grower ration, or a mixture of cracked corn and whole wheat supplemented with young grass clippings, chopped lettuce, and other fresh greens.

And of course, always provide water. It isn't easy to tell which keets are cocks and which are hens until they are about eight-weeks-old. Then one day, the hens will start sounding their characteristic two-syllable cry, "comeback, comeback," which some folks often hear as "good-luck, good-luck:" Guinea cocks, on the other hand, call with a series of one-syllable sounds, "chi-chi-chi-chichi," followed by a harsh "chrrrr. A hen, when upset or angry, may call like a cock, but a cock will never call like a hen. At maturity, cocks and hens have identical plumage. Cocks, however, are slightly larger.

The red wattles dangling beneath their chins are slightly bigger and cup away more from their necks. Cocks also have larger helmets that stand up straighter than the hens: Still, helmet size and other sexual differences are quite subtle. My first "pair" of guineas was purchased from a supposedly experienced breeder who was selling one of two mated pairs, and who was later red-faced as she asked to exchange one of my hens for one of her cocks. That first pair, when we finally sorted them out, brought me nothing but good luck, good luck, good luck.

Now, I can't imagine life without guinea fowl. They are an invaluable source of chemical-free pest control and a source of endless entertainment. Guinea fowl meat is often called "poor man's pheasant" because it tastes similar to pheasant, at considerably less cost.

And even though it sells for about half the price of pheasant, guinea is still considered a luxury food. You can find it on the menus of upscale French and Oriental restaurants, especially on the East Coast. Guinea meat is darker and richer tasting than chicken, and it contains less fat and fewer calories. Guineas are also smaller-boned than chickens, but have heavier breasts, making them meatier than they look.

The average bird dresses out to 75 percent of its live weight—five percent more than the 70 percent average for a broiler chicken. Like the meat of chickens and other birds, the meat of a mature guinea cock is not nearly as tasty as the meat of a hen. Because a bird's breastbone gets stiffer as the bird matures, you can tell a guinea is still prime for eating by the flexibility of its breastbone. Young guinea is the most tender and flavorful of all. The best meat comes from week-old keets weighing about two pounds. The giant guinea, a hybrid developed for the meat market, reaches twice that weight in the same amount of time.

Butcher and dress a guinea as you would a chicken. Chill the meat quickly and store it loosely covered in the coldest part of the refrigerator for up to two days. If you then wish to freeze the bird to cook later, pack it tightly in plastic wrap and seal it in a plastic bag designed for freezer storage. The meat will keep for six months in the freezer, and up to one week in the freezer compartment of the refrigerator.

Succulent young guinea may be broiled, roasted, or fried.

To brown the skin, remove the bacon toward the end of the cooking period. If you prefer to do it without the added fat, cook a mature hen by a moist-heat method such as braising or stewing. Drain the meat, pat it dry, and brown it in a little butter or oil. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes to one hour depending on the bird's age until the meaty part of a leg gives when you prick it with a fork.

Guinea Fowl of the World, by R. Hastings Belshaw, is a comprehensive manual for the serious breeder. A great resource. We started our flock of 25 keets end of April. They survived and we're transitioned outdoors. We have lost some to predators. Is it possible the others are nesting? I am having trouble since its so many at one time. Predator seems unlikely. You say to allow 7 inches of roosting space per bird. How much head room do the birds need?

I need to know how much head room for the birds? Can you have them co habitate with dwarf goats? I am still considering starting out with about 10 or 12 guineas. I still have several questions I will need to get answered. Maybe 15 or so. Is there a guide to starting a flock of about 15? I am really dumb about this, but have loved them since I was a child visiting my aunt on her farm in Oklahoma. Does any one know if the guineas will eat the gypsy moth cattapilars?

Ive been fighting off these critters for three years now and Im afraid that another year of this will kill my oaks. Ive been over run with these for the last few seasons. I have a flock of white guineas. I'll try to answer a few of the questions that were asked in the comments section. Guineas will fly over a six foot fence easily.

They range about feet in all directions from their roost.

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They will return to the roost if you tempt them nightly with a little white proso millet. They must be protected from predators. We have owls, hawks, coyotes, raccoon, opossum, and feral dogs. The keats must be protected from adult birds, who will kill them. Great article, but why have a "comments" section if nobody replies to the many questions posed? There are numerous questions listed which I would be very interested to hear the response to. My jumbo Keets are 2 weeks old and I have one that although healthy the wings look broken because they drag low causing whe he gets knocked over by the othe Keets as they move about, he can't flip back right side.

I have to always flip him back. What can I do with his dropped wings to help him? Great article, I enjoyed reading it. Donna: There are, indeed, wild guinea fowl. A friend and I, encountered a flock while hiking high in the mountains, on the CO trail one summer. It was a beautiful sight and site. I've encountered three Guinea fowl in my yard. Thing is that all homes around here are either apartment buildings or condos. So am wondering if Guinea's could be wild. Nothing I've read indicates such, so perhaps free range Hi, My 11 year old daughter is giving a speech on guinea fowls.

She would really love to include this photo of the guinea mom and babies. May we have your permission to do so? Thanks in advance. Jasmine CA. I am very new to having a small flock. Is there anything I need to know. I have a barn that I am going to start them out in and will allow them to roam free. It is as though they are asleep.

Nothing grows, few things live. Little resonates and there is a great stillness over everything. Never underestimate small things. They are in direct contact with God and they act and live as though they are fully aware of it. Men are also in contact with God, but most of them act as though they have never heard of God because they are largely veiled off from their divine centre by their own thinking minds of which they are so proud.

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Nigh on ten years ago an article appeared in Nexus Magazine 4 on the discovery or invention of a method of growing plants using bird sounds. Many others have, it seems, recognized the role of birdsong in the growth of plants, and influenced or directly helped Carlson to develop his invention. Underneath all leaves are pores called stomata which open to take in nutrients and moisture from the air. Where there is little bird life, plants are stunted, dwarfed. Nature has the birds sing at dawn and dusk, which dilates the stomata, and so feeds the plants.

One can immediately see the importance of trees.

The development of Sonic Bloom was to create birdsong, which is played to the plants, while a foliar nutrient is sprayed onto the plants at the same time as they are being stimulated by the sound, to enhance their growth. This method produced fantastic results in the amount of abundantly nutritious produce from one plant, often in poor soils and in drought conditions. Carlson showed that the breathing leaves of plants are the source of the nutrient intake for growth.

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This of course is also true for humans — the breath is food. We shall discourse on this at another occasion. Plants transfer nutrient to the soil via this breathing, and Carlson showed that his plants improved the soil and helped earthworms proliferate. The secret of Sonic Bloom was the development of music of the same frequency as the dawn chorus of the birds.

With the help of a Minneapolis music teacher, Michael Holtz, a cassette was prepared. It seems that both birds and plants found Indian melodies called ragas delightfully suitable. This is actually quite profound, although the American farmers, especially women, who had to endure this music whilst it was played to the plants, found it irritating.

Bach was such a musical genius he could change his harmonic rhythm at nearly every other beat, with his chords going from E to B to G-sharp and so on, whereas Vivaldi would frequently keep to one chord for as long as four measures. That is why Bach is considered the greatest composer that ever lived. Their very singing must somehow be intimately linked to the mysteries of seed germination and plant growth.

DDT killed off many birds and others never seem to have taken their place.