From the Editor's Computer
Ever try and find something only to discover it was right in front of you the whole time? Or have you ever tried to look for someone to help you with a particular task and just as you are about to give up you find out that the person next you has all the necessary skills?
That’s a bit about how I felt a couple of weeks ago. My poor windshield has sported three lovely chips for a handful of months now. I wanted to get them fixed but could not see the point of driving all the way to Red Deer to get the job done. Besides, what if I ended up with another chip after fixing three? I had basically gave up on getting them fixed right away.
On Tuesday out of the blue I discovered that I could get my windshield fixed right in Alix! A chance comment from someone in the library solved my problem in a flash. Not only did I not have to drive to Red Deer...I only had to go across the street! Before I left town that day I had a freshly repaired windshield and bright, clear view of the world outside my car.
Many times we make our lives much more difficult than they need to be. The answers really can be found closer to home than we realize. Pay attention to the conversations around you and you may just discover the solution to something that has been plaguing you for a long time.
Ask around, the answers that you need or the assistance you require may be right beside you.
Happy Father’s Day to the Fathers!
Beth Click here to read the complete latest issue of The Chautauqua.
From the Editor's Computer
We’re at that wonderful time of year when the fruit blossoms are flowering, the grass is growing, and gardens are being planted. Greenhouses are busy as eager gardeners are stocking up on plants of every description.
In the midst of this profusion of new life and growth and colour is one very bright, very noticeable sign of the season. The dandelion.
The dandelion is one of the first signs of spring and one of the first flowers to bloom. Kids love them. Not only because of the various games they play with them but they make a beautiful bouquet for their moms.
People curse and fret and fume every time a dandelion pokes its sunshiny head up. They try various methods to rid their lawns of that pesky intruder. Sometimes they are successful, sometime not. A good wind blowing the seeds around ensures a new crop no matter how vigilant you’ve been.
Yet, throughout history, the dandelion has been considered one of the most important foods in our world. The lowly dandelion contains vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, calcium, silicon and magnesium. The dandelion is a staple in any herbalist’s kit.
The young leaves are great in a salad topped by the bright blossoms. The flowers can also be sautéed. Dandelion honey is easy to make by boiling flowers with sugar and lemon juice. The roots are a coffee substitute when dried and ground. You can also make dandelion wine if you are inclined.
Why are we letting such a valuable resource go to waste and calling it a weed?
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