Saturday, July 28, 2012

Here and There...

We were all so sorry to hear about Shirlene's bout with cancer, but with today's amazing medical advancements chances are very good for a complete recovery.
We are also sending our prayers too...

Ellouise just concluded a very successful engagement at the Capital Fringe in Washington. She says that since her husband Jim's death, she has to "practice, practice practice to de-sensitize" some parts of her stories. She adds that telling stories from personal experience is tricky -

"Jim was a big part of all my stories. Just to be funny - fate is testing me. My first show in July was on my birthday - and the fifth show is Sunday July 28 - 3 days before Jim's burial at Arlington - full military honors. Would you say that's running the gauntlet. By the 18th I should be back on my feet."

August 18 is the day when she will by my guest on the show that I host on Virginia Cable TV, called OUT OF THE PAST.   Don't be surprised if we talk a lot about Charlotte Central High School on that show. After we finish editing the show, I'll put a link up here on the website.

Ellouise was thrilled to have Lydia Peele introduce herself after one of the shows last week. The amazing Lydia is the grandaughter of Warren and Becky Sparrow, and happens to working in Washington for the TEACH FOR AMERICA PROGRAM. Lydia was President of the Student Body at Kansas State University!

That should give you an idea of what kind of dynamo she is.

The press reviews of Ellouise's show were great.

So was Lydia's "Grandaughter to Grandaddy" review:

Lydia Peele and Ellouise
"I just returned from seeing "Pushing Boundaries," featuring storyteller Ellouise Schoettler. She was wonderful! After giving us some background about her exodus to Baltimore to be a nurse, meeting her husband and having children, she talked about the experiences that molded her in college, and how she became Campaign Director for the ERA, among other things. I really enjoyed hearing her stories and what she learned from the different people she met. She referenced being from North Carolina many times.

After the presentation, I told her that I was  Warren Sparrow's grandaughter and that I had also met his friend Jennie Margaret, the famous senator. She and her friends seemed delighted. Ellouise assured me - and I agreed - that you had many "NC politics" stories to share. I think I will e-mail her to tell her again how much I appreciated her story.
Love you,

....Two weeks ago the vegetable stand I go to every summer got in a load of ripe tomatoes from North Carolina. The were the best that I've tasted in at least three years. Yesterday they had tomatoes from Maryland and they were very good also. Don't know what the problem has been in previous years, but am happy to know that my favorite fruit is back!
Yes, the tomato is a fruit. 

But, as someone once said, Knowledge" is knowing the tomato is a fruit, Wisdom is knowing not to put it  in your fruit salad." 



By Guy Clark

Ain't nothin' in the world that I like better
Than bacon and  lettuce and; homegrown tomatoes
Up in the mornin' out in the garden
Get you a ripe one don't get a hard one

Plant `em in the spring eat `em in the summer
All winter with out `em's a culinary bummer
I forget all about the sweatin' and diggin'
Everytime I go out and pick me a big one

Homegrown tomatoes, homegrown tomatoes
What'd life be without homegrown tomatoes
Only two things that money can't buy
That's true love and home grown tomatoes

You can go out to eat 'em that's for sure
But it's nothin' a homegrown tomato won't cure
Put `em in a salad, put `em in a stew
You can make your very own tomato juice
Eat `em with egss, eat `em with gravy
Eat `em with beans, pinto or navy
Put `em on the pan and put `em in the middle
Put a homegrown tomato on a hotcake griddle

If I's to change this life I lead
I'd be Johnny Tomato Seed
`Cause I know what this country needs
Homegrown tomatoes in every yard you see
When I die don't bury me
In a box in a cemetary
Out in the garden would be much better
I could be pushin' up homegrown tomatoes

(Lyrics by Guy Clark)