October 16, 2012
Let me give you a variety of “stuff” this week,
* I had to get pretty old to see both, in the wild, but in 2012 it happened. Earlier in the year, and even this week, I saw a solid black squirrel on our place. We’ve seen lots of them since this spring. Week before last, up in Brevard, North Carolina, on the Brevard College Campus, I saw several solid white squirrels. These white squirrels are so prevalent that they are used as a logo for Brevard, much like Perry uses the clock tower at the Ag Center.
* Speaking of the Ag Center, what about the recently completed 2012 fair! Terrific, wasn’t it? It has been great for 23 years, but none of the fairs have been better, or more well-attended, than the 2012 version. Congratulations, Randy, Foster, Gene, and everyone involved. You continue to do a great job.
* During the weekend of the Georgia-South Carolina football game, Janice and I were the guests of our friends, Allan and Karen Stalvey, at their 1926 built cabin in the mountains at Caesar’s Head, South Carolina. Until we went to be with our friends, I didn’t even know South Carolina had any mountains. And, they were big, too! It was a great weekend, except for about three hours when we watched the football game with about ten South Carolina (residents and fans) couples. That three hours of the visit was not fun!
* While in the mountains of South Carolina, I read part of a book that I saw on the shelf, Foxfire 2, which is about such things as killing hogs, curing meat, quilting, weaving, etc. The chapter that really caught my attention was on burying the dead, “old-time burials”. Amazing how much the ‘burying business’ has changed in the last sixty or seventy years. In fact, until the 1940′s, most bodies were prepared at home, placed in a homemade coffin, displayed at home with an oft-times all night of sitting up with the body, taken to the cemetery in a horse or mule drawn wagon and buried soon after death. Just like most everything else, lots of changes and, I guess, with more to come.
* How about this weather? It’s beautiful, isn’t it? It is very pleasant early in the day and late in the afternoon. Even during the middle of the day, it’s not too hot. Still, it remains very dry. We desperately need some soaking rains. It’s been quite a while since we’ve had an inch or more of rain at our place. We get two-tenths, four-tenths, one-tenth or six-tenths, but we are beginning to lose some very large and old trees. It’s sad, but nothing that we can do except pray for rain and hope it comes soon.
* My friend, Dink NeSmith, has just written a new book, Kase For The Environment. It’s about a child, Kase, being taught by his grandfather about saving the environment and in particular the Satilla River. There are many beautiful pictures taken by professional photographer, Wayne Morgan, and with the script by Dink. Incidentally, Wayne is the grandfather of Kase. Dink has six grandsons of his own, with a seventh grandson on the way. Dink knows not only about grandboys, but also river protection, as he owns a great tract of land on the Altamaha River. Want to know more? Take a look at www.dinknesmith.com or email Dink at email@example.com or, contact me and I will let you know how to order a book.
So, there you have it for Saturday, October 20: squirrels, the fair, football, Caesar’s Head, Foxfire 2, burying the dead, the weather, and Dink’s new book. It’s about as varied as folks’ opinions on the presidential race, charter schools and the Bulldogs’ football coach. Isn’t life interesting? I hope you enjoyed some of this, and I hope to be back here again next week.
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