As Goatherd Learns His Trade By Goat, So Writer Learns His Trade By Wrote.

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As goatherd learns his trade by goat, so writer learns his trade by wrote.
As long as I live, I'll hear waterfalls and birds and winds sing. I'll inter-
pret the rocks, learn the language of the flood, storm and avalanche. I'll
acquaint myself with the glaciers and wild gardens, and get as near to the
heart of the world as I can.
-- John Muir, American Naturalist (1838-1914)