Appalachia Overheard



“Experience is the best teacher. Even a bad experience teaches you something.”




p.s. For those pickling along with me, today’s step is quick and easy.

-Drain the syrup off the cucumbers into a large pot. Don’t worry about getting every little spice out of the crock or off of the cucumbers. It’s fine if they stick to the crock or the cukes.

-Place the syrup on the stove-heat to boiling.

-While it’s heating place the cucumbers back into the crock.

-Pour the boiling syrup over the cucumbers.

-Replace your weights to submerge the cucumbers under the syrup.

-Let sit overnight.

Tomorrow’s step-is exactly like this one-but I’ll remind you.

Overheard: snippets of conversation I overhear in Southern Appalachia


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    August 16, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    I heard an older Gentleman say one time that “Everyday is a School Day if you want it to be” and it can be if you think about it.. Everyday God gives us to live is a day he shows us something, and at the end of the day we have to look back to see what He showed us for that day… Did we learn anything today? Good or Bad..

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    Bill Burnett
    August 15, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    I’ve heard that a bad experience teaches more than a good one. If you do something right the first time you have learned one thing if it takes you a hundred attempts you have leaned a hundred things one being the correct way and ninety nine incorrect ways.

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    Ethelene Dyer Jones
    August 15, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    Experience is a ready teacher.
    It both humbles us and lifts us up when we learn from it.

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    Rooney Floyd
    August 15, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    I once heard that experience is the best teacher, but that it ought to be because it costs the most.

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    August 15, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    Technology has much improved safety over the years because of accidents and bad experiences. Occasionally, one finds the experiences of the past has not improved our manufactured products nor our governmental decisions. Thank goodness we still have folks who learn from experiences good and bad.

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    August 15, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    I forgot to mention this yesterday
    but a belated Happy Birthday to
    Connie Smith, married to Marty
    Stewart. She’s one of my favorite
    Country Music Singers…Ken

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    August 15, 2015 at 10:08 am

    The “experience” quote I heard as a child was: “Experience keeps a dear school but fools will learn in no other.” It was attributed to Ben Franklin, but is probably part of much older folk lore. I was told it meant it is wiser and more efficient to learn from the experience/mistakes of others.

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    Ron Stephens
    August 15, 2015 at 9:12 am

    Reminds me of a boss of mine once. He remarked one day that a certain fella was the worst boss he ever had. But then he said, “I learned a lot from him.” Astonished, I said, “If he was the worst you ever had, how did you learn much from him ?” He laughed and said, “I learned what not to do.”
    I suspect I’ve done more than my share of teaching by example what not to do.

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    August 15, 2015 at 9:07 am

    That saying is so true. Sometimes a bad experience can really be devasting and take a long time to recover from. Positive experiences give one a chance to keep moving and progressing in the right direction.
    Oh! Those pickles! I can taste them; they give me a watering mouth.

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    b. Ruth
    August 15, 2015 at 8:34 am

    I read that,
    Experience is a hard teacher, she gives the test first and the lessons afterwards,
    or something in that order…lol

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    Don Casada
    August 15, 2015 at 8:20 am

    I’m sure you’ve heard this one, but it is certainly true:
    Good judgment comes from experience, and most of that comes from bad judgment

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    Sheryl Paul
    August 15, 2015 at 7:46 am

    True, there is always a chance to learn something

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    Mark Selby
    August 15, 2015 at 7:20 am

    No one is worthless. If nothing else, one can serve as a bad example.

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