I would like to give recognition to a young man who has been helping out over at the Nutrition Center for several months. Aaron Spala is 31, employed at the AT&T Corporate Office, and has plans to marry Donn England. Aaron has many friends at the Center, because of his kindness, helpfulness, and the way he is always ready to say Hi, and extend his own friendship to everyone he meets. I will take this opportunity to say “Thank you Aaron, we appreciate you!”
I made a mistake when I said The Tree of Heaven produced a wonderful-smelling spice, found on the tiny “pods” that encase the undeveloped leaves, which fall to the ground after the leaf emerges. Betty Mull and I have deduced that “spice,” as far as we know, refers to something used in cooking or eating, although something other than that can have a “spicy” smell.
What she has actually given me is a baby tree from the genus Commiphor, which includes several trees and bushes that produce a fragrant gum resin in the manner already described. This particular tree is thought to have been the source of myrrh, spoken of in the Bible, and is called “The Tree of Heaven” for that reason. I know myrrh was very “costly,” and I wonder what purpose it served in Bible-times. I read that today myrrh is used in incense and perfume. Anyway, I’m looking forward to next spring when the green leaves come forth and I can experience this wonderful fragrance for myself. Thank you Betty (and thank you Carrol for taking care of the dirt-work).
Saturday, June 9, the Nutrition Center will be hosting a variety show. The price will be ten dollars per person and the proceeds will go to help our local Center. The show starts at 1:30 and you won’t want to miss this one-time opportunity to see, in person, Dolly Parton, Minnie Pearl, Mark Twain and Dirty Sally (you may not know Sally now, but I promise you will never forget her). I am expecting to have a rip-roaring time and I hope to see you there. Tickets will be sold at the door, and this will be one way to show our appreciation for all those marvelous meals that appear for us, day after day.