The Champion News – Wilda Moses

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 June 29 – The Fourth of July on a Saturday and a Full Moon makes this one a special one. We may miss getting to share it with our friends and families as we celebrate in different places together. Yes, there will be lots of gatherings, but many older, vulnerable folks will picnic alone with their bar-b-que, watermelon and apple pie, thinking about the current State of the Nation and the good changes they hope will come. The necessary cancellation of the Old Tree Huggers Jamboree will thwart and stymie the myriad enlightened conversations that would have been had over the past, present and future. Those discussions are still going on if only around the kitchen table with the old man or with friends on the phone. Some people just talk to hear their head rattle, but ever so once in a while, something rings true. Whatever that is that rings true for you, it generally conforms to whatever you already believe. There is hardly any point in trying to convince folks who believe differently that you are right and they are wrong. We better just look at each other and grin, maybe shake our heads and leave unspoken our wonder and amazement that people we like and care about can be so obtuse. Harmonize with them if you can “…and crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea!”     

If you wonder if you are doing a good job of hand washing, just get a little fish emulsion on your fingers.  By the time you get the smell off, you can be pretty sure your hands are clean. Lena says a person’s fingernails ought to be dirty during the summer. She claims hers are as she works with her flowers and splits wood and what-not outside. She says that Sally and Wilma are doing fine these days. She is making quilts and keeping track of Jerry and his comings and goings. Maybe he plays the fiddle for her sometime or turns the radio on for a dance. He may know Fiddlin’ John Carson’s tune, “The Old Hen Cackled and the Rooster’s Going to Crow.” That is from 1923, a little before Jerry’s time.  

Reports are that the Ava Farmers’ Market is doing very well with many more young people participating as vendors and shoppers.  That is good news. A note from Champion-South:  “the garden is doing well considering the abundant rainfall earlier in the spring everything was slow to start. Oh weeds were not slow but produce was very slow  we usually have squash by now but just blooming. Onions garlic potatoes lettuce dill carrots cukes (just blooming as well) doing good eating snow peas and beans along with lettuce and onion. Had a blackberry yesterday  there are lots of tomatoes green of course but the peppers were the slowest to start but are hitting their stride now.” 

A friend shared a great recipe for a refreshing summer tea. It makes half a gallon: 2 quarts of water, one and a half inches of ginger root, thinly sliced, a heaping tablespoon of powdered turmeric, one teaspoon of black pepper, and three tablespoons honey. Simmer for half an hour stirring often. Do not strain it. Refrigerate it and enjoy a pleasant libation that turns out to be very beneficial for folks with arthritis since all those ingredients have great anti-inflammatory properties. Arthritis comes from working hard. Dear friends come from our blessed good fortune. Thank you for sharing the good things. 

Unusual atmospheric conditions have rendered our golden hour more golden yet. It is as if Rembrandt has slathered another coat of shellac over our bucolic landscape, a glimmering varnish of softened light. As we go through these stressful days, we hope to know all our friends and families are well and safe. We celebrate the 244 years since 1776, and hope for the safety and health of our precious Nation. It is indeed lovely out here in Champion–Looking on the Bright Side!

 June 29 – The Fourth of July on a Saturday and a Full Moon makes this one a special one. We may miss getting to share it with our friends and families as we celebrate in different places together. Yes, there will be lots of gatherings, but many older, vulnerable folks will picnic alone with their bar-b-que, watermelon and apple pie, thinking about the current State of the Nation and the good changes they hope will come. The necessary cancellation of the Old Tree Huggers Jamboree will thwart and stymie the myriad enlightened conversations that would have been had over the past, present and future. Those discussions are still going on if only around the kitchen table with the old man or with friends on the phone. Some people just talk to hear their head rattle, but ever so once in a while, something rings true. Whatever that is that rings true for you, it generally conforms to whatever you already believe. There is hardly any point in trying to convince folks who believe differently that you are right and they are wrong. We better just look at each other and grin, maybe shake our heads and leave unspoken our wonder and amazement that people we like and care about can be so obtuse. Harmonize with them if you can “…and crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea!”     

If you wonder if you are doing a good job of hand washing, just get a little fish emulsion on your fingers.  By the time you get the smell off, you can be pretty sure your hands are clean. Lena says a person’s fingernails ought to be dirty during the summer. She claims hers are as she works with her flowers and splits wood and what-not outside. She says that Sally and Wilma are doing fine these days. She is making quilts and keeping track of Jerry and his comings and goings. Maybe he plays the fiddle for her sometime or turns the radio on for a dance. He may know Fiddlin’ John Carson’s tune, “The Old Hen Cackled and the Rooster’s Going to Crow.” That is from 1923, a little before Jerry’s time.  

Reports are that the Ava Farmers’ Market is doing very well with many more young people participating as vendors and shoppers.  That is good news. A note from Champion-South:  “the garden is doing well considering the abundant rainfall earlier in the spring everything was slow to start. Oh weeds were not slow but produce was very slow  we usually have squash by now but just blooming. Onions garlic potatoes lettuce dill carrots cukes (just blooming as well) doing good eating snow peas and beans along with lettuce and onion. Had a blackberry yesterday  there are lots of tomatoes green of course but the peppers were the slowest to start but are hitting their stride now.” 

A friend shared a great recipe for a refreshing summer tea. It makes half a gallon: 2 quarts of water, one and a half inches of ginger root, thinly sliced, a heaping tablespoon of powdered turmeric, one teaspoon of black pepper, and three tablespoons honey. Simmer for half an hour stirring often. Do not strain it. Refrigerate it and enjoy a pleasant libation that turns out to be very beneficial for folks with arthritis since all those ingredients have great anti-inflammatory properties. Arthritis comes from working hard. Dear friends come from our blessed good fortune. Thank you for sharing the good things. 

Unusual atmospheric conditions have rendered our golden hour more golden yet. It is as if Rembrandt has slathered another coat of shellac over our bucolic landscape, a glimmering varnish of softened light. As we go through these stressful days, we hope to know all our friends and families are well and safe. We celebrate the 244 years since 1776, and hope for the safety and health of our precious Nation. It is indeed lovely out here in Champion–Looking on the Bright Side!