Positively Parish News – Week of 11-09-12

Hope you all had a pleasant week.

Last night at our bird feeder, we had three of the largest raccoons.

They were no more that two feet away as we were inside watching them.

They did not mind at all that we were watching them clean up those seeds.

Eleanor Roosevelt, the Grande Dame of American politics, is a person I have always admired and have read and reread “My Day,” a book of the daily columns she wrote between 1936 and 1962.

After agreeing to write Positively Parish,  I immediately thought about Mrs. Roosevelt’s style of writing and  quoted her frequently and her down to earth style in my articles hoping readers would find in them something of interest.

As you might have guessed what I am leading up to, Mary Lou’s sabbatical has come to an end and she will be back with you next week.

I knew it was a short-termed assignment and I appreciated the opportunity to do it, Mary Lou said have ‘fun with it’ and I certainly did.

I wish to thank her and RoseAnn Parsons, managing editor of Independent Mirror, for giving me the opportunity to write about life and the goings on in Parish.

I want give an added thank you to  Evelyn Stelmashuck.

When I asked if she would contribute short essays on a Parish farmer’s point of view, she came through in great style.

Then came B. Mullen’s essay on wildlife observances and her input for today’s column.

A huge thanks for all the cards and emails.

To all those that just walked up to me on the street with words of encouragement, thank you.

This is Nancy Weaver-Bookheimer signing off with one of my very favorite quotes from Eleanor Roosevelt  “A woman is like a tea bag – you never know how strong she is until she gets into hot water.”

Speaking of Animals, by B.  Mullen

Whatever you say about how “high tech” we are becoming as a community, our agrarian past is still with us.

We use figures of speech that originated in past centuries without thinking of what they referred to.

For instance, I was always told I should  “high tail it for home” when I was a kid.

It was not until living in Parish and watching chipmunks scurry across our driveway that the original meaning of the phrase was obvious.

A chipmunk moving fast carries his tail up at an angle of 90 degrees.

We use similes in everyday conversation such as “independent as a hog on ice,” “in hog heaven,” don’t “hog” something, and “pig out” without thinking about how recently our grandparents raised hogs for their livelihood.

We could be “sheepish,” “muleish,” a “sitting duck,” or “doggone weary.”

We could have our “feathers ruffled,” our “dogs barking,” or our greedy behavior described as “dog in the manger.”

Our human behavior is often described in barnyard terms.

Our darker side is often described as “a snake in the grass,” a “bull in a china shop,” a “little stinker” or an outright “skunk,”  a “weasel,” a “toad,” a “slug” or a “vulture.”

We drive like a “bat out of hell,” get  “drunk as a skunk” (come now! Have you ever seen an inebriated  mustelid?), are told to quit “monkeying around,” or are considered  “crazy as a loon.”

In short, we use animal images often in relating people to their behavior.

However, past usage and derivation of some of our common injunctions can be rather embarrassing.

To be told to “Quit stalling” is still common.

But it originated with horsemen, as the act of voiding its bladder by a horse was called “stalling.”

And behavior characterized as “horsing around” was derived from the verb “to horse” or “horsing” which described bringing a stallion to a mare.

You probably could add to this list, and might enjoy on some dark night with the snow falling and the power out, making a parlor game out of thinking up the phrases you use that may have come from our understanding of and relating to the natural world in our distant past.

Take care.

RT. 69 Birdwatcher.

Parish Happenings

The Parish Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service will be held at the New Hope Presbyterian Church, 814 Rider St. on Nov. 18 beginning at 3 p.m.

The Ecumenical choir will share its talents along with young musicians.

Please bring non-perishables and the good will offering will benefit the Parish Ecumenical Food Pantry.

This is such a much needed, important local mission supported by the local churches and community.

The youth group from Parish United Methodist Church will be doing a food drive through town on November 18 from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Elves at Work, is a Christmas Program in Parish that provides gifts for children.

The Elves assists families that require some help at this time of year.

Starting November 12 there will be a box at the Key Bank in Parish for anyone who wishes to leave an unwrapped gift for a child from infancy through 18 years.

Any questions, call Lillian Harter at 625-7874.

If you wish to make a monetary contribution, checks should be made out to Elves at Work and mailed to Parish Chamber of Commerce at P.O. Box 303, Parish, NY 13131

Join a Relay For Life Event today!

Hello Everyone – Just talked to Grist Mill and all dates that we discussed are approved and able to have there, here are the dates:

November:- noon – 6 p.m.

January 14: 6 p.m.

February 11: 6 p.m.

March 3: 6 p.m. committee and 7 p.m. team captain meeting

April 15: same as above

May 5: same as above

June 3: bank night – 6 p.m. and quick meeting to review for day of

Just need to schedule kickoff date and location.

Thank you,
Margaret DeNeve
American Cancer Society
Special Events Director
6725 Lyons Street
East Syracuse, NY 13057
Office 315-433-5627 or cell 315-415-1318
Fax 315-437-8233