Monthly Archives: February 2009

Thank you, Mr. President

One of the nice things about surprises is that they are surprises, that is, the treat of the thing itself is boosted by a bonus of not having expected it in the first place.

From Wikipedia

From Wikipedia

That’s how I felt this week when I learned that Helen Thomas is back on the front row at Presidential press conferences.  The surprise was that because of Ms. Thomas’ long and esteemed career, including having been a member of the White House Press Corps since President Kennedy and the first female officer of the National Press Club, I fully expected that ill health was responsible for her absence from the front row during the Presidential press conferences. What else could it have been?

This is not news to many of you, okay, most of you.  In fact, I think I may be the only person in the Western World that somehow missed that the 42nd occupier of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue had relegated Ms. Thomas to the back row for reasons that smack of yet more of the empty, but dangerous, huff and puff that was the Madness of George the W.

But, surprise, Ms. Thomas was not sick!  She’s fine and back on the front row!!

I am thankful to President Obama for so many things already, chiefly being a return of sanity and thoughtfulness in the person of the President of the United States.  Having learned some of the details of Ms. Thomas’ banishment and reinstatement to the front row, neither leg of that circuit is truly surprising.  But it is no less delightful for the lack of surprise.  It’s good to have her back.  Helen’s seat is one of the small details that tell all about our President.

In the words of the most esteemed Ms. Thomas, thank you, Mr. President.  I am not sure that this is what Ms. Thomas has meant all these years when she closed out the Presidential Press Conferences.  But here’s what I mean:  thank you, Mr. President, for being you;  thank you for being our President.

Harlan County Arts and Crafts . . . and food

From Poor Fork Arts & Crafts Store, Cumberland, KY

From Poor Fork Arts & Crafts Store, Cumberland, KY

One of the last times I was in Harlan County, I cruised the Little Shepherd Trail.  Now, I know, cruising the trail isn’t the coolest way of seeing the Trail, but that’s what I did. I wanted to see a Harlan County bear in addition to looking deep into the cool shade of the understory for mile upon mile.

No bear was seen that day, but I also cruised through downtown Cumberland, and uptown Cumberland (who knew?!), and was reminded of a beautiful mountain crafts store, run by the Poor Fork Arts & Crafts Guild. Next time you’re in Harlan County, stop by. There’s something so whole and good about our mountain crafts.   The corn cob flowers just knock me out.  And the weaving . . . wow!!

Another selection from the Poor Fork store

Another selection from the Poor Fork store

Let’s support the Guild and other artisans in Eastern Kentucky.   In addition to supporting someone’s wholesome livelihood, buying mountain crafts (and maybe taking a class to learn one yourself!!), not to mention locally grown eggs, honey, shuck beans and other foodstuffs, will preserve our crafts, save our bees, and return us to our more wholesome roots before they become lost.

I don’t know anything about the Guild, but I’m setting to find out!
Poor Fork Arts & Crafts Store