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September 23, 2015 The Julian News 5 An Old Friends Passing Romanian politician, Cornel Vadim Tudor, died last Tuesday. Vadim was larger than life and a bit louder than large. He said what he felt like saying and whatever he said enthused the crowds, even when he was so taken with his own words he forgot why he was saying themed. Vadim drew support from those who didn't know better and it was a lot of support--in2000 he won 28% of the popular vote for the Romanian Presidency. He reminded one of Donald Trump. Cornel was anti-Semitic, at least in his remarks, so the Western Embassies would have nothing to do with him. Stung, he retaliated with off-color humor. In a famous play on a name he called Ambassador Jim Rospepe, "Rosapopo," in his newspaper, popo meaning rear and you can put it together, dear reader, as "rosa" which sounds enough in English like what it is in Romanian. Then add a bit of homophobia to the mix.., no one said Cornel was cultured. I didn't agree with most of the things in Vadim's pOlitical speeches but over the years he became a friend. How did that happen? It began as a matter of principle--diplomats should talk to everyone, like them or not. So when, after I retired and someone asked if rd like to be introduced itwas like...meeting who? Satan? The head of ISIS? But..."Whynot?" Curiosity and principle are a strong combination. The first thing I learned was that Vadim loved the United States and knew more about US history than most Americans. The second thing was that he was perfectly willing to listen and, if something made sense to him, to do it. When told that his anti-Semitic remarks were keeping him in the bad bodks of the Western Embassies Vadim pointed out that his brother-in-law was Jewish. He then hired two Israeli PR consultants for his next campaign and anti-Semitism disappeared from "Romania Mare" and his speeches. It didn't make a difference to the Western Embassies. It should have, they should have acknowledged the change, but all that was years ago and many conversations gone. Over those years we often had dinner, Vadim and his in-your-face- cleavage legal counselor. She WAS his legal counselor and smart as a whip if you could get past the cleavage. We argued, debated, he gave me signed copies of his many books and his death makes me wonder if he will be remembered for anything except the extreme and outrageous. Most people are multi-faceted but in some one aspect smacks you in the face so hard you don't see anything else. It was this way with Vadim. And It makes one wonder about Donald Trump. Celebrate Autumn, With Mountain Tribal Gypsy There's nothing like rhythmic music and dance to help celebrate the changing of the seasons. Come out to Wynola Pizza this Sunday afternoon as they help welcome in the Fall Season. The troupes recent performances have the audience laughing and clapping at the ladies interact with the crowd. Relax on the patio at Wynola Pizza with Mountain Tribal Gypsy from 5 to 7 as they twirl and show off their fall colors, celebration all that is the belly dance, bring your friends, children, spouses and have a good time escaping for the final time before the start of a new week. Every time the ladies dance it is a new experience to behold. rvice ince Really by Michele Harvey I was wondering who wrote the song line "You don't know what you've got till it's gone." Then I heard it sung within minutes and remembered that Joni Mitchell wrote it and made the line famous in her song Big Yellow Taxi. I know that my thoughts strayed from Joni Mitchell's theme in her song; however, some people think they have a lot even when others might consider them poor and others don't appreciate what they have until they no longer have it. I grew up a little bit poor but I don't remember feeling poor. My mother raised us by herself because my father died in the Korean War. She raised us in a nice house making payments with her widow's pension. She would rather have had my father than the nice house, but she was able to raise us in a safe neighborhood and that was important. My older sister, my younger brother and I began working for pay when each of us was eleven years old. It was simply what we all could do to help our mother financially. I don't remember if any of us actually gave her any money like many children do, but I do remember buying my own clothes or buying fabric and supplies to make my own clothes throughout high school. My mother still bought our special occasion clothes for dances and paid for visits to the hairdresser a few times each year. She paid for our needs and I am forever grateful to Mom, who gave up so much for us children. When I was a child we didn't waste food. We pinched mold off of old bread before eating it and scooped mold out of jam before eating it. But we never felt poor because mom made sure we occasionally went to drive-in movies, camping trips, picnics and days at the beach. Morn often invited people to our house for barbecues throughout the Summer because she liked to surround herself with friends. Mom would rather cook for 20 people than for just the 4 of us. Because she enjoyed people so much, she gave her children the gift of getting to know a very diverse and always changing group of people. Last Sunday, Pastor Cindy at the Julian Community Methodist Church told a story about missionaries who did a project in Appalachia. "Barbara Brown Taylor is a writer who used to be an Episcopal priest. She tells about taking a group of youth from her Atlanta church on a mission trip to Appalachia. They worked on a log cabin that would be the home of a minister. One of the local teenagers was named Dwayne. Barbara said that Dwayne and her youth hit it off and. began to exchange life stories. The city kids told him about the Marriott Hotel restaurant that rotated once every hour. Dwayne told them about how his uncle broke his hip falling in an abandoned coal mine. They told him about the Atlanta Braves. He told them about raising a pet barn owl from a baby. Dwayne even let the city girls give him a haircut: At the end of the week, as they were about to head back to Atlanta, they gathered with the locals for a group prayer. Each person was invited to pray. Many thanked God for letting them serve the poor people of the area. They asked God to bless the poor. After the prayer time, it was obvious to Barbara that something was wrong with Dwayne. When she asked him, he replied, "You called me pood I've never thought of myself that way. I have so much - how could you call me poor? You should save your prayers for someone who needs them." Later, Barbara wrote: "No one meant to huFt him, but our language gave us away. We thought of "the poor" as people other than ourselves. We separated ourselves from Dwayne in our prayers and it stung him to the quick. By setting him apart, ~e withheld the one thing he really wanted from us - simply to belong as a member of the community, not a mission project." Sometimes we need to reevaluate our thinking and our judgements of others. When I was married to my children's father, he worked as a building inspector on medical facilities. One year about 1990, he made $100,000.00. The following year he was unemployed for the entire /ear and we lived on his disability and on money I made from yard sales and from selling eggs. That year we got a loan on our house to pay off car loans and I grew much of our food and raised chickens for the eggs. I sewed a lot of the gifts we gave and made do where I could. I found paying bills was very difficult, but I managed and throughout the year I wondered how people who have nothing to begin with, manage to get along financially. Some people seem to live to complain. It's so easy to solve other people's problems. It's easy to say "If you didn't spend money on X you'd be able to pay Y. Other people make the most from what they have and I admire them. We are so fOrtunate to live here in the Julian Community. We can get food twice each month from Feeding America when the truck comes to town on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays. Several organizations have rummage sales each year; this past month the Methodist Church was selling clothes for $1.00 a bag. You could have gotten aa child's wardrobe for.an entire year for less than gallon of milk would cost. We have bargains everywhere if a person knows where to look. A country life can be a life full of cost free activities. Our mountains are full of hiking trails and at least once each summer we can watch a movie at Jess Martin Park. Our library has a full calendar of things to do for all ages and books and movies can be rented for free. .This past week I watched a TED Talk video of Mia Birdsong speaking. Mia is a Family Activist Mia Birdsong has an impressive resume that centers on lifting people up from poverty and prejudice. I am very impressed with her attitude and the wisdom that she shares. l 24 Hour Emergency Service r ]Pro.m GASCheck co' ha"-t In Mia Birdsong's TED Talk she says "the story we tell about poverty isn't true. Let's honor the skills, drive and initiative that poor people bring to the struggle every day." She asks us to look again at people in poverty: They may be broke -- but they're not broken. One of the stories she tells in her 15 minute talk is about three women who formed a group to help each other financially. These three women formed a house cleaning service. They made up flyers and posted them many places and the jobs came to them. The way they operate is for two women to work at house cleaning while the third woman watches the children. They rotate their responsibilities and share the income. 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Health Care Product and Services AD OFFICE ltOURS: Monday 6:30-8am O~ly Fridays 8am - Noon $30.00 Ad/us/ing themselves a bit from the poverty that they had lived with throughout their lives. Mia tells stories of other people who lift themselves up and if we look around we can see many more stories of possibilities fulfilled. I know that in my life I have learned to utilize my assets and I share whenever possible. I am given scraps of cloth and I sew them into something useful. When I cook a zucchini or slice a tomato, I save seeds for next year. This week's leftover corn goes into last week's pot of homemade chili to stretch it for a bigger meal. A pile of used boards can become a raised bed for plants. I never want to sound like I'm lecturing people. However, in my nearly 65 years I have learned so much from so many friends who were willing to share their knowledge, their seeds and sometimes their scraps of cloth, rve often told people that I am a pack rat and to be a successful pack rat, rve learned to use the things I collect. This way I really don't think will ever feel poor. These are my thoughts. OLD F XSHIoNED, INEXPENSIVE FUN FOR TIlE WttOLE FA, iIIA. 59th annual traditional old time Melodrama in the Julian Town Hall, every Friday and Saturday night from Oct 2 through Oct 24 at 7PM, and matinees every Saturday and Sunday afternoon From Oct 3 through Oct 25 at 2PM. $10- Adults and Teens, $5- 12 & Under, Free- 3 & under. Tickets available at the door or in advance at Town Hall Chamber Office or through our website: wwwJulianMelodrama.com