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November 11th, 2003

taking root

"Keep an open mind when you go plant shopping. listen to the nurseryman, remembering that he will as a rule make the plant's culture sound just a little easier than it is".--Xenia Field

Last night on NPR they ran an article on the School of the Ozarks, the liberal arts school in Missouri in which each student works in lieu of tuition. They reported that fifteen applicants vie for each spot in this 1500 student school. Then they talked about the size of the school's endowment--260 million dollars. I must admit that this seemed a fair bit of money to me, given in order to ensure that the kids worked in the campus bakery at college. But then I began to daydream of other things that I wish had endowments, so that they could function effectively free for people.

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