An ‘attaboy’ and and explanation about CSX

Apr. 09, 2013 @ 04:25 PM

Though Easter is now a memory, I hope everyone had a wonderful one.  I did! Easter Sunday for me is always pure, unadulterated adrenalin.  I’m up early as usual for sunrise service, breakfast with friends or “new” friends afterwards at church, and then 11 a.m. service with the resurrection story and heavenly music.  As in the past, the Hallelujah chorus was the rousing conclusion. What a glorious finale!  I am so blessed to be a part of the Central United Methodist Church family with three dear ministers, George Freeman, Britt Hadley and Gayle Ford, and that phenomenal master musician, the Honorable Jim O’Dell! 

I celebrate Easter also by sending cards bearing the greeting I want to share.  Getting cards is always a delight, too.  One I received literally took my breath away.  The front read “I’m so lucky to know you”; the inside, “With love and thanks for being all the special things you are.  Happy Easter” It was a Tender Thoughts card and I wonder how long Geneva looked before she found it.  Knowing that she bought this card especially for me was so very humbling.  What a kind and gracious friend and how she enriched my Easter!  Little things do mean a lot! 

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I did have one Easter glitch.  I had to spend Good Friday and Saturday in the hospital with a heart “issue.”  Not a heart attack; more tests lie ahead.

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Two more facts I want to share on the Mormon faith and then I leave it! I just found it to be so intriguing and just maybe it was because Trevor was so young (college age) and fervent.  First, none of the church leaders are paid a salary even the top one, President Thomas Monson (Prophet). Second, if all the temples were  destroyed today, there are enough funds set aside to rebuild them immediately.  There are 16 in Utah for starters and temples over most of the world.  Amazing stewardship!  My source of information is, of course, delightful Trevor Searle, Bill and Elizabeth Walters’ grandson.

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This “spring” weather reminds me of a quote I read recently.  “The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another.  The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month.”  Henry Van Dyke, an American poet.  Don’t complain too much about the too-cool weather or the rain.  Triple digits will come and drought and we will be yearning for these cool, rainy days.  Enjoy!

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Had a delightful “Atta Boy” call from a longtime Peachland friend last week.  I was taken aback to learn I have two readers there.  Frances, the widow of a railroad man of 44 years, shared with me what her late husband had been told in the Richmond, VA office regarding the meaning of the acronym CSX.  The CSX Corporation absorbed the Seaboard system on July 1,1986 and the Chesapeake and Ohio, August 31, 1987.  Thus the acronym represents Chesapeake (C), Seaboard (S) and X, the smaller lines that were a part of this merger.  Thanks, Frances and Gloria.

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In another phone call, I learned of Doris Bennett, the Polkton “fireball” who is currently teaching a crocheting class of about 25 in the Community Center on Monday nights from 5:30 until 8.  The cost is $2.50 per class.  Being the conscientious teacher, she allows no one in her classes to fail.  Her father taught her to be patient and provide immediate help when asked.  His belief was the person asking needs assistance immediately or he would not be asking, so accommodate him accordingly.  And Doris follows his advice in her classes. One student not as successful as she wanted to be is repeating the class.  To date she has crocheted at least six baby afghans outside class the pleased teacher reports.  Everyone can learn and Doris intends for this to happen in her classes. In one, the ladies wanted to make “ruffledy” scarves, so Doris said she had to take a quick YouTube course and learn herself.  The goal in her typical class is to complete a potholder, dish cloth and scarf.  Almost everyone completes an afghan, as well.  Crocheting is addictive, Doris admits, but it is very relaxing, too.  When the class is over at the end of the month, she will be unavailable to teach until fall. An entirely different interest will be beckoning, her half-acre vegetable garden.  Of course, she’ll be busily canning and freezing all her garden produces. However, in the fall, she will return to teach whatever Debbie tells her the ladies want to learn.

If you are interested in learning or just pursuing a craft you already know, let Debbie know.  If Doris does not know how to do it, she’ll learn just for the class - guaranteed!  According to Frances Haigler, retired Town Hall employee, and Debbie, Doris is a true “Renaissance craftswoman.” She does it all and excels, too.  That all basically refers to the crafts she has taught in Marshville in the past six years - crocheting, chair bottoming (caning), basket weaving and quilting.  More about “crafty Doris” next week.

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Currently showing at the local Museum:  Steve Marsh’s photography and art. Carolyn Hayes’ display of scouting in the Marshville area, specifically Troop 14.  She would certainly welcome the loan of additional scouting materials to enhance her exhibit.

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Don’t forget the Museum’s heirloom plant and seed exchange on Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon at the Museum.  Browsers and children are welcome, too.

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Still time to sign up for the children’s art class on April 29th.  Only 15 will be accepted in the class ranging in age from 6 to 9.  Preregistration is required at 704.624.3192 or 704.624.2602. 

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All Museum programs are supported by a grant from the Union County Community Arts Council and the Grassroots Program of the NC Arts Council, a state agency; therefore, they are free to you!

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Thanks to Brett Vines, Union County’s Public Information Officer, you can now take a virtual tour of the Museum.  His March 15th video is posted on YouTube and Facebook.  The museum is listed as Marshville Macc.  After you have taken the tour, come and see the real McCoy.   Friday and Saturday hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m..  Sunday, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

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Interested in getting involved in the Museum, give Johnny and Margaret Pigg a call at 704-624- 2602.  Almost all those involved at the present fall into the senior citizen category, some young, fresh faces would certainly be welcome!  It’s everyone’s heritage!

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A warm, snuggly welcome to our two newest citizens– twins Jeremiah Wayne, Jr. and Jonathan Thomas Gass – born 8:26 and 8:28 a.m.  Jan. 23.  Proud parents are Jeremiah Wayne and Stephanie Gass of 610 Hasty Street.  Stephanie’s grandfather was a twin and he fathered twins. The Gass twins have three adoring sisters, so they will not lack for attention.  Jeremiah is employed by Carolinas Medical-Union.  Congratulations TWICE to the whole family!

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The Lois Morgan Edwards Memorial Library has much to offer.  There is an ongoing elementary art display in the Meeting Room all school year.  The current one hung April 1 features Union Elementary artwork.  Monsters, dinosaurs, trucks, peacocks, sarcophaguses (Egyptian coffins), Chinese dragons and miro animals are the major subjects.  My favorite was a third grader’s rendition of Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers.”  Nicely done!  But then they all are and worth stopping by to see.  

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Another exciting event is the upcoming movie matinee on Sunday afternoon April 14th at 2:15.  “Lincoln” starring Academy Award winning actor Daniel Day Lewis will be shown in the Meeting Room which has surround sound.  Free popcorn and drinks will be available. It can’t get any better than that!  Thank you, library, for treating us so royally!

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Have any folksy news, a story idea, suggestion or whatever, please give me a call at 704.289.1545 or e-mail me at ecpirate62@aol.com.  Many thanks to all who have responded thus far.  I anticipate hearing from more of you.  I do welcome criticism, too.  I have lots to learn and so I am willing to listen and learn.