How long has it been since you heard the name “Johnny Appleseed?”
I fear there is so much information created in this age of electronics that the old stories, legends and heroes don’t get any attention.
But Johnny Appleseed is not forgotten. Urbana University in Urbana, Ohio, is creating a traveling exhibit on Johnny “Appleseed” Chapman’s hard work. According university officials, the exhibit will be about the real man and the legendary folk hero. Chapman is credited with introducing apple trees throughout the states of Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Kentucky in the 1790s.
As he traveled, he wore simple clothing and lived a simple life. He was often depicted as wearing a sack with holes cut out for arms and legs and wearing a pot on his head for a hat to save carrying it in his bag.
The exhibit will be ready in the fall of 2015 and I hope it comes close enough for me to visit. We need heroes like Johnny Appleseed today, and maybe this exhibit will inspire a few children to get interested in the outdoor life or in botany or history. Hopefully, this exhibit will also allow some of today’s children to learn about the kinds of people who made America great.
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My readers know what I think about people who volunteer. What a wonderful thing it is for someone to give what many consider the most valuable commodity in life — their time. Right now, the bookstore/gift shop at the hatchery is very short-handed and needs some help. If you have ever thought about volunteering why not now? The work can, at times, be boring and at other times very busy. But if you like to read, do crossword puzzles, knit or some other hand activity, you can use the time to do that when there are no shoppers.
The environment is nice, the people around you are helpful, the shoppers come from all over the world, and the shifts at the store are short, about three hours. So, please give the idea some thought and, if you are so moved, stop in at the bookstore and pick up an application. If you can’t volunteer, why not go there to shop for yourself or for someone’s birthday, for Christmas, or for whatever. The volunteers will welcome your visit.
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I’m sure many of you have heard of the “trash bin of history.” I contribute greatly to that trash bin this week. Having ordered new flooring in my office/den, we had to empty out the room. What a chore. All my files and all the things I have gotten and just put in an empty space had to be gone through. The poor trashman earned his pay at our house. Some times I wondered why on earth I kept and some things I am sure I will want back, but there’s no looking back. Our house lost a ton of weight and I am very happy about it.
Kay Hively writes a weekly column for the Daily News.