Firewood and apple pies… and a little sweat equity

first_img July 12, 2020 at 9:16 am The Anatomy of Fear Ricardo mi amigo! It is our memories of past life experiences, what my mama called “happenings” that prove life, that we have lived! Keep looking up, Chaz Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 InspirationBy Charles TowneBack on the old home place in Illinois when I was a boy, the privilege of building the fire in the cook stove, as well as in the old cast iron Warm Morning heating stove, fell to me.I can remember waking at six o’clock each and every morning to my father’s deep voice, “RISE AND SHINE BOY, TIME TO GET UP! LET ME HEAR THE CLATTER OF YOUR CLAWS ON THE FLOOR!”The humor of his somewhat jocular summons was lost on me as I reluctantly rolled out of my nice warm bed to the insidiously damp, and miserable, Illinois cold to kindle the fires.Yes, it was cold.How cold was it? you may ask… and so I will tell you.It was so cold, frost would build up a quarter of an inch thick on the inside of the windows, and that thick coating of icy frost was the closest thing to insulation we had.With my teeth chattering from the freezing chill that had invaded our humble abode during the night, I gathered the makings of a fire.  Some scraps of newspaper, and twigs for kindling. A match ignited the paper, and a tiny flame licked at the wood.  The wood began to burn, snapping and popping, it grew.  Slowly at first, and then, as the fire grew faster, the winter chill began a reluctant retreat from the house, and from my bones.As the warmth chased the cold from the house, mama, daddy, and my siblings would crowd around the heating stove in different degrees of undress, greedily soaking up each tiny calorie of heat.Believe me, our stove never spoke British thermal units; the only language it was conversant in was early American poverty.It was my responsibility as well to cut the wood that fueled those two insatiable stoves.  I learned how to use both an ax and a crosscut saw at an early age, and came to appreciate the old saying “Firewood heats you twice: Once when you cut it, and again when you burn it.”I must admit, I did not exactly enjoy having to cut those endless cords of wood. But remembering those cold Illinois winters also helps me remember how good the heat from those stoves felt. The heat radiated out and spread warmth throughout the house because of the wood I had cut.I remember too the wonderful meals that Mama created on that old wood-burning cook stove…also because of the wood that I had cut. Without the labor, there would have been no reward – none of her delicious fried chicken, nor her chicken and dumplings. (Those dumplings were so light we had to tie them down to the table to keep them from floating away!) And how about those wonderful apple pies! And fried fish, or wild mushrooms… or mama’s special fudge. And you can bet I will never forget her oatmeal cookies!Are you beginning to get my drift? I cut the wood, and in exchange, I was warm… and I ate good! DARNED GOOD!If I had arbitrarily decided one morning not to build the fires, and instead, chose to wait for the stove to kindle itself and warm me, would anything have happened?Cut the wood, eat the pie! Don’t cut the wood, no pie to eat.I chose to cut the wood!Dear Papa God, I praise you, and I thank you for good parents, and I exalt your most wonderful name. Help me to hear your voice calling to me. Help me to realize that when I answer your summons, there is always a reward. Help me so that I will not become so comfortable in this life that I become complacent. Please speak to me, lead me, guide me, and let me always feel the heat of your wonderful, glorious, abundant love burning in my heart.  Praise you, praise you, praise you, oh holy God. In Jesus’ sweet name I ask it, AmenCharles Towne is first and foremost a Christian. An octogenarian, author, journalist, wildlife photographer, naturalist, caregiver, and survivor, his life has been and continues to be, a never-ending adventure filled with possibilities never imagined. He has adopted the philosophy that to Live fully, laugh uproariously, love passionately, and learn like there is no tomorrow, is a formula for a long and joy-filled life. July 15, 2020 at 12:08 am You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Reply Reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Reply July 13, 2020 at 12:20 pm NH July 27, 2020 at 8:43 am Charles Towne July 13, 2020 at 10:42 pm Leonardo, my brother in Jesus and my friend. You ARE SOO RIGHT! As long as those memories are with us all of the friends are there also. We have been greatly blessed. GoodFriends are a lot like good memories, the two go together. Bless you pal, Chaz Reply Charlitos, it is a Beautiful Story !!! This ONE give me deep thoughts about our Precious Childhood … No technology, surrounded with animals, nature, real food, everything PERFECT !!! None gonna take those years.And Thanks GOD for That !!! Praise PaPaGOD for every single miracle we living … And thanks GOD for this Amazing Little Brother that HE Sent me !!!AMEN AMEN AMEN Dear Faithy, I don’t know if you were aware of the fact but there was a time you would have been known as Karlsdotter. Boy, haven’t we had our challenges, and our great blessings? Praise the lord! Blessings on you sissy, with much love, your dear auld pater July 12, 2020 at 9:30 am July 15, 2020 at 2:42 pm Judith, what a wonder! What a miracle is the human mind. You have referred to the fact that you remember and that fact alone proves the miracle working power of an infinite, loving God because by remembering we learn. Let us remember that Papa God has touched us with love and grace all of lives life even when we couldn’t see it or feel it. Bless you and yours, Chaz That brought back so many memories as my first 18 years of life were also spent in those cold Illinois winters. My father chose to heat our house with a wood burning stove as well. However, Dad never considered it “girl’s work” so I lucked out…no wood splitting for me:) I enjoy these tales so much every Sunday morning…keep writing my dear friend! Faith Fiwler Reply July 12, 2020 at 6:47 pm Charles Towne July 13, 2020 at 10:21 am TAGSCharles TowneChildhood MemoriesInspirationRewardSweat EquityWork Previous articleSometimes, being completely buried is okay…Next article5 Restaurants to Try on Your Next Trip to Las Vegas Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Hey Chaz, Keep talking to Leo, your Spanish is much better! Leo Reply Reply July 13, 2020 at 10:27 pm Herbert Weissman July 13, 2020 at 2:20 pmcenter_img Charles Towne Reply I love to read about your memories. The treasure trove of thoughts and memories in a persons mind is something worth sharing if it can encourage others along the path of life. Funny how it’s the not so pleasant stuff that we remember so vividly all these years later, but even the hard times have a huge blessing if remembered in context. The hard stuff is often what builds character….if we were not fortunate enough to have some challenges, we missed out on finding out what we are capable of! I’m glad God made you….and I wish you a very happy Birthday! Love, your daughter Charles Towne CSG Richard Dear CSG, as you started writing you spoke of “getting up”, and that is what life is all about. If we just laid around and did nothing there would never be any reward. Everybody reaped the reward of the wood that was cut. We were warm and well fed, that is a pretty good reward I would say! Bless you my friend, Chaz July 28, 2020 at 5:30 pm Herbert, because we were living on an island with a very shallow water table we never had a basement. If we dug down 3 or 4 feet the hole would fill with water. Believe it or not it is difficult to build a fire under water? The old wood burning stove was cozy and and very friendly! That was a different time. Bless you my friends, Chaz Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Reply Reply Reply Reply Charles Towne Once again the memories of the differences. I was a city boy and well remember the Wisconsin winters! We had a furnace in the basement and I remember the truck pulling up next to the house and dumping coal through an open basement window into the coal bin where it would be shoveled to fuel the furnace. Then we converted to oil heat and no more shoveling! The furnace heated the house but not so much the basement, you still put on a coat to spend any time in the basement, like on wash days! I remember milk being delivered to the house each morning in an insulated box on the back porch, the milk was always about an inch above the bottletop when it had frozen in the bottle, this was before milk was pasteurized! I didn’ t get to chop wood untilk I was in high school and we moved out of the city to a house with a fireplace but we had cut wood so we used a sledgehammer and a wedge but you are right, before it was done, we were working in a wisconsin winter in only a t shirt! As strange as it may seem, I do cherish those memories! I remember walking the railroad tracks picking up coal that had fallen from over-filled cow cars, and when that coal burned, the metal sides of the heating stove became red hot. I remember using a little shovel to clean out the ashes and clunkers. I also remember Papa sitting near the stove skinning muskrats on cold winter days. He would suspend the brown furry body from a clipped clothes hanger suspended from an hook in the ceiling. After carefully cutting around the tail and back paws, he quickly pulled the pelt off the carcass. This pelt and others like it were sold to a furrier named Jaffee, $1 a pelt. Those sales were part of Mama and Papa’s substance existence, supplementing butchered chickens, ground corn and garden produce. I remember Papa trapped a large mink shortly before Christmas, and the sale of that mink paid for Christmas. How many can recall such memories? We are blessed. July 12, 2020 at 8:14 am Richard July 15, 2020 at 8:29 am NH, memories!, what a blessing! Just think, without memories there wouldn’t be any stories! The stories of life are what we are made of. As I talk to my Nancy I remind her of the stories that have gone to make up our lives and her joy in the remembering is so beautiful because it is in the remembering that we live! Bless you muchly. Chaz LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply July 12, 2020 at 8:05 am Reply Charlie, I never told you this but as a child who is my duty to get up early in the morning and go down to the basement take out the ashes. One morning as I stepped off the bottom step I stepped into approximately 6 inches of water. A farmer had decided to divert a stream to better water his crop and the stream decided to flow right through our basement. a Sump pump was the answer. Judith Hankes Please enter your name here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Reply Reply Charles Towne Please enter your comment! Charles Towne 15 COMMENTS As I got up and read your story, I was reminded of many similar memories from my grandparents’ house. Good memories of lots of aunts, uncles and cousins, all visiting, eating and enjoying each other’s company. Someone had to sacrifice to make it happen.It’s amazing that you don’t really think about the work, the effort that goes into everything we do, even just daily life. If you want to eat, then you must be willing to prepare. If you want to have something, then you must be willing to make money to buy it.As we gathered around, we all enjoyed the rewards of someone’s labor or sacrifice.Come to think of it, life is a daily exchange of labor or sacrifice. I am so grateful that Jesus was willing to exchange His life for ours. If we just accept Him, wewill be truly rewarded and forever enjoy His sacrifice.Thank you for a great story!God bless you!last_img read more

World cup hero for sports conference

first_imgNewsLocal NewsWorld cup hero for sports conferenceBy admin – November 2, 2010 685 Preparation the key for Mid West Sports ConferenceTHOMOND Park will play host to a World Cup hero, an All Ireland winning hurling manager and a global fitness expert as part of the ever popular and hugely successful Get BACk Challenge Sports Conference. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A number of the country’s leading sports coaches and experts will participate in a major sports conference to be hosted in Thomond Park Stadium.Tipperary’s All Ireland Hurling winning manager Liam Sheedy will be joined by Packie Bonner, FAI Technical Director and leading strength and conditioning coach Mike McGurn. The fourth Annual Get BACk Challenge Sports and Coaching Conference will be held on Wednesday November 24 at 7.30pm.The theme of this year’s event is “Preparation, for Performance, Individuals and Teams”.The Get BACk Challenge Conference is organised in association with the Mid West Local Sports Partnerships and proceeds will be donated to provide sports opportunities for socially disadvantaged children.  In the first three years of the event over 1400 coaches, parents and athletes have attended what is the largest event of its kind in Munster. Admission to the event is by pre booked ticket only. Bookings can be made through the Thomond Park box office on 061-421111 or online at  Tickets are on sale at €20 each or clubs can avail of the special club offer of six tickets for a €100.Registration starts at 7pm with the first speaker presenting at 7.30pm sharp.  Last year’s event was a complete sell out so early booking is advisable. Print Email Facebook WhatsAppcenter_img Twitter Advertisement Linkedin Previous articleNew head for LCGANext articlePienaar to attend Dublin Guinness Area 22 adminlast_img read more

To improve education, reallocate funds, DeVos urges

first_img A keynote address by Betsy DeVos, 11th United States Secretary of Education. Later, in conversation with moderator Paul E. Peterson, the Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Government and director of the Program on Education Policy and Governance at HKS, DeVos touted a tax credit program in Florida that she said shows promise in getting more disadvantaged students into college. It may be a worthy model for a federal program, she said, but only if doesn’t add to the federal bureaucracy.DeVos said the Department of Education is in the middle of “a very big review” to look for ways “to streamline and make [the agency] more effective and efficient,” and has launched an effort to review “all the regulations,” some of which she finds burdensome. “We’re committed to divesting as many of those as we can,” she said.From the earliest days of the current administration, President Trump’s selection of DeVos — a billionaire charter school activist from Michigan with no professional experience in education — has been polarizing with some audiences, raising objections from many parents, teachers, school administrators, education policy analysts, and critics on the left.In February, DeVos survived a bruising Senate confirmation hearing that sharply split Republicans and Democrats, forcing Vice President Mike Pence to cast a tie-breaking vote to approve her, a first in presidential cabinet appointments.HGSE student Tony Delarosa raises a fist in protest as Betsy DeVos speaks. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerHours before the forum began, protesters began gathering outside on JFK Street. Inside, Archon Fung, the academic dean at HKS, acknowledged the charged atmosphere but framed DeVos’ appearance as a part of the School’s longstanding commitment to “understanding differences and building bridges.” He asked the predominantly student audience to be respectful, and warned that protesters who disrupted the event would be ejected.“Our practice of dialogue and debate is critical. When you prevent others from speaking or hearing disagreeable views, or when you yourself refuse to be challenged by those who disagree, it means that you are sure that you’re right and so sure that they are wrong that you have nothing to learn from them,” said Fung.Citing Michigan’s problematic track record with charter school performance amid the large number of for-profit institutions operating there, one Harvard College student from DeVos’ hometown, Grand Rapids, asked her during the question period to explain her desire to nationalize school choice.Struggling to be heard over the crowd, DeVos defended Michigan’s approach.“Everybody who has had means and wants to move elsewhere has moved out of the city of Detroit. And the students that are there, 49 percent of them have chosen to go to charter schools. Nobody’s forcing them to go to charter schools,” DeVos said. “Is there room for improvement? Absolutely.”An HKS student and former teacher asked DeVos how her department thinks about student safety when issuing rules and regulations. The student noted recent departmental decisions reversing Obama administration policies about transgender student bathrooms and Title IX sexual assault guidelines. The student suggested the shifts have made it harder for teachers to keep students feeling safe in school.DeVos said making students feel unsafe “is the last thing we want,” and said the Title IX rulemaking review process now underway will proceed “in the right way.”“One sexual assault is one too many. By the same token, one student that is denied due process is one too many, so we need to ensure that policy and that framework is fair to all students — and we’re committed to doing that,” she said. U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos says she’s more convinced than ever that giving parents money to shop around for schools that they believe will best serve their children, rather than funneling those funds through school districts, will go a long way toward improving the nation’s public educational systems.During a speech about school choice on Thursday at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), DeVos, a longtime supporter of school choice, said that parents too often are limited to sending their children to local public schools that may be underperforming or unsuitable. Or, if they have desirable public schools in their communities, parents may have to enter lotteries to gain slots for their children, a system that she said can leave a child’s future “to chance, not to choice.”“It’s not right for some people to be able to choose, and you not to be able to. And yet, we spend more and more and more money funneling through a system that tries to tell you ‘We’re going to do better next year’ and then it doesn’t,” she said.Giving parents flexibility and options is critical, DeVos said. She compared the freedom to choose schools to selecting a restaurant or farmers’ market when looking for something to eat, and likened charter schools — which she cast as positive, innovative forces of disruption — to food trucks.“What tastes good to me may not taste good to you,” she told a capacity crowd at a JFK Jr. Forum that included a number of protesters.Giving parents options is critical, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos says. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerDeVos conceded that opponents have successfully defined school choice in the public mind as a “house of horrors” that uses vouchers to steer children into charter, private, parochial, or for-profit schools that offer little accountability and nonexistent standards.“Nothing could be further from the truth,” she said. “If we can put a man on the moon, surely we can put families in charge of their own destinies.”DeVos blamed failing schools on teachers’ unions.“Their focus is on school buildings instead of schoolkids,” she said. “Funding and focus should follow the student, not the other way around.”Shortly after DeVos began her 22-minute address, several audience members rose from their seats. Some raised fists, while others silently unfurled handmade signs that read: “White Supremacist,” “Our students are not 4 sale!” and “Reclaiming my democracy.” As DeVos continued speaking without acknowledging the protesters, dozens more stood and raised signs or draped banners from the balcony, some of which read “Protect survivors’ rights” and “Educational justice is racial justice.”Secretary Betsy DeVos at Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics <a href=”” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a>last_img read more

New intercollegiate fellowship selects eight College students

first_imgEight students from Harvard College have been named the inaugural fellows by the Intercollegiate Civil Disagreement Partnership (ICDP), a new consortium of five institutions. They join other fellows from the four partner schools: California State University, Bakersfield, CA; St. Philip’s College, San Antonio; Santa Fe College, Gainesville, FL; and Stanford University, Stanford, CA.The students were drawn from a wide range of backgrounds and all expressed a willingness to engage in dialogue with others across a diversity of opinions and experiences.The ICDP Fellows will participate in a fully remote program that will enable them to collaborate on developing skills to engage and facilitate conversations across political differences at their respective colleges and universities. The students will receive training in facilitation, engage in deliberative conversations within the Fellows group, and have opportunities to interact with speakers from different sectors over the course of the academic year.“Meaningful engagement across political difference is essential to civil discourse, but increasing polarization has made cross-ideological contact among students less likely,” said Jess Miner, executive director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics. “Our intercollegiate partnership approach creates opportunities for such engagement by bringing together students from different regions and different types of institutions of higher education: community colleges, state universities, and research universities. We are excited to be able to launch this new fellowship with our partner institutions, to learn from each other, and from our student leaders in the year ahead.”In addition to acquiring real-world skills to become practitioners in facilitating civil disagreement, Fellows will have special opportunities to interact with the community of scholars connected to the ICDP.  Fellows will also have access to a wide range of additional online programming offered by the five partner institutions throughout the academic year in support of their academic, professional, and personal development.The ICDP Fellows receive a $1,000 honorarium for their year-long participation in the program, which is funded with generous support from the Mellon Foundation. The students representing Harvard in the first cohort are:Claudia Cabral ’22Salma Elsayed ’23Colin Gray-Hoehn ’21Kareem King ’23Claire Oby ’22Paige Proctor ’23Natalie Sherman Jollis ’21Jonathan Zhang ’23 Read Full Storylast_img read more

Georgia Produce Prices

first_img“Retail prices probably won’t reflect that entire price jump since other markets providesome of those same vegetables,” he said. But prices will go up. They may even doublecurrent prices. “We’re likely to see a price spike at the grocery store from now until the next cropcomes in sometime in late March or mid-April,” said Bill Mizelle, an economist withthe University of Georgia Extension Service. Georgia temperatures dipped into the 20s, too. Fortunately, crops here weren’t hurt asmuch as in Florida. “With the drop in supply, prices for farmers and at the retail level will rise at first,” hesaid. “But if there is a lot of replanting in Florida, both states’ growers may sufferlater.” South Florida buying-point prices have nearly doubled on beans and tomatoes. Squashand pepper prices rose by 25 percent to 50 percent. “Anything they choose to replant may overlap with Georgia crops at the market laterthis year,” Mizelle said. “If Florida farmers with damaged crops replant,” Mizelle said, “consumers will pay forthe freeze now, but farmers in Georgia and Florida will pay for it later.” A produce glut at the market causes prices to the farmer to drop. As wholesalers payless for produce, retail prices drop. “We got a little damage in our cabbage and collards,” he said. “But they should recoverbefore they’re marketed. Mustard and turnip greens may have to be cut, refertilizedand allowed to regrow.”center_img Not only did an arctic blast freeze south Georgia and Florida vegetable crops, butgrocery shoppers may get a chill when they see produce prices climb. Extension horticulturist Terry Kelley said most of Georgia’s winter crops came throughthe freeze with very little damage. The freeze may have slightly damaged the quills (the spiky leaves) of Georgia’s sweetonion crop. But Kelley said he didn’t expect the damage to be serious. “Grocery prices from April into June will probably be lower than normal,” Mizellesaid. If Florida farmers replant, the crop Georgia farmers nurture until harvest could beworth less. Kelley said anything Florida farmers don’t replant would certainly be betterfor Georgia farmers’ prices. South Florida vegetable-growing area temperatures plunged to 20 degrees the weekendof Jan. 18. Mizelle said his reports estimate total losses in some areas. Some Florida farmers with damaged crops may replant their fields, hoping to recoversome of their losses.last_img read more

Michigan State’s Kyle Ahrens stretchered off court with apparent serious leg injury

first_imgThe whole MSU team came out to support Kyle Ahrens and fans of both teams gave him a standing ovation after a gruesome-looking leg injury:— Alex Roux (@arouxBTN) March 17, 2019Ahrens later returned to the Michigan State bench on crutches.Ahrens back on MSU bench.— Chris Solari (@chrissolari) March 17, 2019Ahrens is averaging a career-high 4.8 points and 2.6 assists in 19.2 minutes per game this season. The injury occurred when Ahrens went up for a loose ball late in the second half against Michigan. He collided with a pair of players and landed awkwardly on his ankle before collapsing to the floor.Ahrens’ teammates and coach Tom Izzo were visibly upset after the play.Tom Izzo can’t hold back his emotions. Crying as Kyle Ahrens left the court.— Brad Galli (@BradGalli) March 17, 2019The entire Michigan State team gathered around Ahrens and he received a standing ovation as he was taken to the locker room. Michigan State redshirt junior forward Kyle Ahrens was stretchered off the court with an apparent serious leg injury during the Big Ten Tournament championship game Sunday.An MSU spokesperson said X-rays on Ahrens’ left foot were negative for a fracture, according to the Detroit Free Press.last_img read more