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If they chew it and it is still writhing, continuing to chew is profound. 

A Citizen's Guide to the Petty and Small-minded

From: Susan Cook
Series: The River Is Wide
Length: 01:29

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As the dust settles from the Iowa Caucuses , it is time to sniff, dig and if necessary chew and swallow pettiness and small-mindedness where found. How to distinguish the petty and small-minded from the profound and truly significant? And yes, I am taking a lead from the dogs in creating this Citizen's Guide, specifically as they explore the yard. Read the full description.

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A Citizen's Guide to the Petty and Small-minded
-Susan Cook-
As the dust settles from the Iowa Caucuses , it is time to sniff, dig and if necessary chew and swallow pettiness and small-mindedness where found.  How to distinguish the petty and small-minded from the profound and truly significant?  And yes, I am taking  a lead from the dogs in creating this Citizen's Guide, specifically as they explore the  yard. If they chew it and it is still writhing, continuing to chew is profound. If they swallow  it and they can die after ingestion, it is profound and significant. It is or should be protected by higher  laws and principles beyond those of the  wrestling match  between what is lying out in the yard and what the dogs believe might be edible.  In fact,  the principled thought found in the Constitution probably applies. And the appropriate  action? Drop it. Leave it .  So what characterizes  petty and small-minded? That would be all the rest of what they  sniff, chew and feel obligated to swallow that is never missed  but may  surface again in a transformed, unrecognizable state or completely intact, ready for another go.

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A Citizen's Guide to the Petty and Small-minded
-Susan Cook-
As the dust settles from the Iowa Caucuses , it is time to sniff, dig and if necessary chew and swallow pettiness and small-mindedness where found.  How to distinguish the petty and small-minded from the profound and truly significant?  And yes, I am taking  a lead from the dogs in creating this Citizen's Guide, specifically as they explore the  yard. If they chew it and it is still writhing, continuing to chew is profound. If they swallow  it and they can die after ingestion, it is profound and significant. It is or should be protected by higher  laws and principles beyond those of the  wrestling match  between what is lying out in the yard and what the dogs believe might be edible.  In fact,  the principled thought found in the Constitution probably applies. And the appropriate  action? Drop it. Leave it .  So what characterizes  petty and small-minded? That would be all the rest of what they  sniff, chew and feel obligated to swallow that is never missed  but may  surface again in a transformed, unrecognizable state or completely intact, ready for another go.

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A Citizen's Guide to the Petty and Small-minded
-Susan Cook-

As the dust settles from the Iowa Caucuses, it is time to sniff, dig and if necessary chew and swallow pettiness and small-mindedness where found. How to distinguish the petty and small-minded from the profound and truly significant? And yes, I am taking a lead from the dogs in creating this Citizen's Guide, specifically as they explore the yard. If they chew it and it is still writhing, continuing to chew is profound. If they swallow it and they can die after ingestion, it is profound and significant. It is or should be protected by higher laws and principles beyond those of the wrestling match between what is lying out in the yard and what the dogs believe might be edible. In fact, the principled thought found in the Constitution probably applies. And the ap...
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