The Mornin' Mail is published daily Friday, July 17, 1998 Volume VII, Number 22

did ya know?
Did Ya Know.
.. artCentral is holding a Fund-Raising luncheon, Sunday, July 26th at 1:00 pm. It will be held at the Geranium Garden at Red Oak II. Advanced ticket are $15, and available by mail, Imagine Art Gallery on the square, and artCentral. call 358-4404 for more info.

today's laugh

Mother-"Why are you sitting there when you ought to be in bed?"
Peter-"There's a mosquito in my room."
Mother-"It hasn't bitten you, has it, darling?"
Peter-"No, but it came close enough for me to hear its propeller."

A tourist traveling through the Texas Panhandle got into conversation with an old settler and his son at a filling station. "Looks as though we might have rain," said the tourist."Well, I hope so," replied the native,"not so much for myself as for the boy here. I've seen it rain."

Teacher-"How many fingers have you?"
Teacher-"Well, if four were missing, what would you have then?"
Bobbie-"No music-lessons."


A Chronological Record of Events as they have Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.

Prof. Calhoun At Home.

Arrives from Germany After an Absense of Ten Months.

Prof. W.L. Calhoun, whose interesting letters have appeared frequently in the Press, arrived this morning from his ten month stay in Germany. He is looking hale and natural, and his studies have evidently agreed with him. He will resume teaching at once.

Prof. Calhoun left Bremen on May 24 and sailed for New York via South Hampton on board the Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse, which made a new record for itslef and for the trip across. The time was a little over six days from Bremen, and an average speed of over 22 knots was maintained. He stopped in New York a few days to visit Herbert Kellogg and ran up the Hudson river to see T.J. Clelland, formerly a teacher in the Carthage Collegiate Institute.

  Today's Feature

Defining American Heritage.

Carthage native Terry Reed says he wants to hold on to the values he learned growing up in this area. After several years away from Jasper County, Reed and his wife Janis moved back to Joplin and began to rediscover the advantages of small town America. Recently the Reeds announced plans to revitalize the Lowell Davis creation of Red Oak II just outside Carthage. In addition they put together what they call the American Heritage Festival ‘98 to be held at Red Oak II and the Precious Moments Convention Center.

Apparently reaction locally to the patriotic theme of the even has caused some citizens in the area to have concerns about what exactly the Festival was all about. The Mornin’ Mail sat down with Terry Reed this week and ask just that, "What’s going with this thing?" The following is some of the information gathered during the discussion.

"I’ve been a guest speaker at many of these (similar festivals)," Reed said. "I’ve lectured in Cincinnati, Ohio, I’ve lectured at MYU, to students. Professors want their students in Political Science to hear stories, first hand experiences of government corruption and cover up. So there is an eagerness to find the truth or to find information that a lot of people feel the main stream media doesn’t bring to them.

"I had to get away from Carthage to realize how much I liked it. I thought all of America was like Carthage when I was a youth. I traveled and lived all over the world, and it’s strange that here I’m back. I’ve felt some yearning over the last several years to get back to my roots. I don’t know if that’s a process of aging, or if it’s truly some kind of a force bringing me back.

"To me Carthage personifies - the old Carthage, not necessarily the Carthage now- but the old Carthage personified the rural American value system, to the square root. Very self reliant, very detached from even the rest of Missouri. This was the little capital of this corner of this little Norman Rockwell setting that I was raised in. Red Oak II captures that nostalgic feeling for me, and others. Lowell Davis has done a great job, whether it was intentional or not, of really recording history.

"You don’t realize how far, in my opinion, we’ve back slid as a nation until you go to Red Oak II or something like that. It really rekindles those feelings. It’s not nostalgic to me, they are feelings of a better former life. A lot less complicated. A lot more personable. When people took care of themselves, they relied less on government to solve their problems. I hope that people from all over the country can come to Red Oak II. Over the years, I’ve got a pretty good look at what America looks like and its diverse value system. I think the value system here is worth preserving.

"Janis and I have been talking for a long time about our frustrations with these conventions that we attend. The constitutional conferences or whatever they may be. Even third party conferences in St. Joseph or Dallas. They’re no fun. Especially they are not family oriented. They are gloom and doom, where people get together and complain and so diverse that you don’t know how to use the information except go home and buy dried food and go to your basement. That’s not what I want to do. I’m above ground, I’ve got three boys to raise. I’m trying to instill in them a different value system than I think they would receive without my assistance in school and elsewhere.

"We wanted to have an event that would incorporate the best of all worlds. I hope we’ve put that kind of an atmosphere together. Where we can have a Chautauqua kind of event. But hopefully it will heighten public awareness to the fact that there are mainstream people. I hope this Chautauqua brings together the right energy to ignite the old spirit that’s out there.

"I’m getting tired of being beat up by my government, as an American. To hear the government tell it, we’re illiterate, we’re inferior, lazy, we can’t compete; we’re all drug abusers; we’re all tobacco users. You know, after a while my government, all it tells me is the bad news. It has to have a ‘war’ on this a war on that. When’s the last time you’ve heard the government say anything positive about Americans?

"It’s time that Americans realize that they are still carrying the weight globally. For the financial world; we’re the hardest working nation on the face of the earth; we have the highest productivity of any nation on the face of the earth - in spite of government regulations, taxation. It’s time to celebrate, pat yourself on the back. Nobody’s doing that for us, and I’d like this event, if it’s successful, and I believe it’s going to be, to get larger every year. I’d love to turn it into a patriotic/Woodstock kind of atmosphere. Be known annually for a fun time. But yet, deal with issues.

"I point out when I lecture, Bill Clinton avoided the draft, was a hippy and a socialist, yet he’s in the White House. I applaud him for what he did. He didn’t fire a shot. He went underground, joined the system, and penetrated to the level that he took control. He and his group. We have to learn to do the same thing. If we disagree with the way government is functioning, what we have to learn to do is get as smart as it, and get back in it not out of it. And learn to network and lobby like the big guys do. That’s what I lecture on.

"Each one of the speakers at the American Heritage Festival, in some way or another has paid a price for their stance, or their life-style. And I admire people who pay the price. I like to think I paid the price in my own way.

Bo Gritz for example. America’s most decorated Vietnam Veteran. I don’t think anybody can question Bo Gritz’s patriotism. And I’ve talked to him about this. He feels betrayed. He feels duped, on why he served. We thought we were fighting, as soldiers, for the same values system that our parents fought for in World War II. That’s a blurry line now. What’s good and what’s bad."

artCentral Membership Show

press release artCentral

Well, things around here are going smoothly. When the Membership Show comes down July 31st we will have logged 5 shows and featured the work of 38 artists. Is that cool or what!

Anyone who hasn't been to one of our openings is really missing out on some fun. We serve great food and beverages, feature the work of some of the most talented people around, and just plain know how to have a good time.

We have had lots of traffic this summer. People from all over the United States come in and poke around even though their initial reason for being there was to see Red Oak II. Too bad there's not more going on out here.

Like we've said before, we're here, we're open and we're HOT!! Well, actually we're quite cool. And in more ways than one. A little cool oasis in the middle of a dry, hot summer. Folks walking around here are sure thrilled to find out we're cool inside.

We still have some luncheon tickets available. They are fifteen dollars and include a great afternoon with Andy Thomas. We really need your support or we won't be able to do this type of event out here. Grab some friends and come for lunch! It's a Sunday, July 26th.

Our Wednesday drawing group has enjoyed their afternoons out here. Sometimes they draw inside sometimes outside. Depends, of course, on the weather.

The Wednesday evening drawing sessions are going along nicely. They have been drawing a new model lately and everyone is real pleased with how things are working out. The artists that are currently participating in this weekly exercise are just great. They have been so supportive. Even when there isn't a model for the evening they still have a great time drawing whatever suits them. We want to thank all of our loyal supporters, especially those who have helped out at the last minute to oversee some of the sessions. THANKS guys! Mary too!

We are still looking for someone interested in being on our board of directors. Its not hard, just one meeting a month and we try really hard to keep it short and to the point.

We could use some help with the lawn mowing. Anyone just dying to ride a mower around in the hot sun is more than welcome to come on out and have a go around our yard.

Know of anyone who would like to hang out around here on Saturdays? Even just for a few hours, just for the rest of the summer? There's plenty of interesting things to watch out here like Katie riding her horse through the pond, that pretty white hen with about 15 little white chicks scurring all around her feet and those not so comely goslings turning into beautiful Canadian Geese. Truly there is never a dull moment around here.


Just Jake Talkin'

Gonna be quite a week end. The Youth Fair and a Heritage Festival goin' on. Lotta folks goin' here and there. Traffic could be somewhat of a problem on the main routes.

It's times like that the locals have a real advantage. Knowin' the back roads and streets with only a few stop signs. The only problem is gettin' in the middle of a batch of tourist traffic before ya know what happened. The tourist typically likes ta take their time and look around at all the usual sites of Carthage. Best ta keep your full distance when followin' in your auto. Seems that cars with outa state tags can stop on a dime.

From personal experience, I know when I'm outa state, I use the tourist attitude to take my time when drivin' through an interestin' town. Have patience. Please don't use the profane language I heard directed at me durin' my last outastate visit. And for the record, I have no K-9 ancestry.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin'.



Oak Street Health & Herbs

Weekly Column

Natural Nutrition

by Mari An Willis

I have been so overwhelmed with moving our business that time for gathering many of my herbs has passed me by. I have noticed that the mullein is getting past its peak and much of the milkweed is bloomed out already. This has been an odd year. Even the trees which we have permission to gather from, are out of sync. Oh well, each new year presents new challenges.

Goldenseal is one of natures antibiotics. It has been effective in killing poisons in the body. It has been know to stop infections in the body as well. This herb contains three alkaloids: hydrastine, canadine, and berberine, which might explain its healing abilities. Goldenseal has been used for all catarrhal conditions, mouth, and skin conditions, canker sores and stomach/digestive disorders. It has been used with other herbs in combating alcoholism and drug overdose. It naturally contains Vitamin A, C, and B complex, some calcium, a lot of phosphorus, some potassium, zinc, sulphur, copper and small amounts of many of the trace minerals.

Comfrey, or as my young twins used to call it "comfey", is one of my favorite herbs. Comfrey was used by ancient herbalists for its ability to cure battle wounds. Comfrey's ability as a wound healer and boneknitter has been known for centuries. Comfrey is a good source of the amino acid, hysine, usually lacking in diets containing no animal products. It is high in Vit. A and C. The root contains allantoin for cell proliferation. In France it has been used for gall stones and minor liver ailments. In the U.S., the FDA has decided it may not be fit for human consumption. A comfrey compress has been helpful to many in healing sunburns.



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