CHAMPION‚ÄĒNovember 9, 2008


        When Champions plow, they plow with hope the way Paul directed the Corinthians to do.  Not that all that much plowing is going on this time of the year, but now that the political dust is settling Champions are optimistic for a good harvest of the fruits of a participatory democracy.  Citizens of the Greatest Nation are idealist by definition.

        Looking for fun is another Champion enterprise.  One of his brothers said that Donald Krider who lives in Illinois now and his Dad, Oscar, looked up one day to see Clinton McCoy coming up the road riding a cow and leading a horse!  It was funny.  It turns out that Clinton was a prankster.

        Veteran’s Day brings all those who serve in Uniform to the forefront of Champion consciousness.  The requirement for Love and Gratitude toward the US Service Personnel cannot be overstated.  The years ahead will find those Veterans in unexpected situations and Champions will be there with encouragement and understanding.

¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬† The full moon in November is called the Beaver Moon.¬† It occurs at 12:17 a.m. on the 13th of the month according to Linda‚Äôs Almanac from the Plant Place over in Norwood.¬† ‚ÄúBeaver, more than any other animals besides humans, alter the environment to meet their needs.¬† The dams they build in streams, the trees they cut for food and the channels they dig to increase their mobility in the water bring diversity in plant and animal life to the area.‚Ä̬† This is according to the publication:¬† Missouri‚Äôs Beaver, A guide to Management, Nuisance Prevention and Damage, available through the Missouri Department of Conservation.¬† The birthstone for the month of November is the Topaz!¬† It is an interesting stone‚ÄĒquite lovely in a buttery, caramel, sorghum kind of way.¬† It is mined in Utah and Arizona in this Wonderful Country.¬† Its most common colors range from pale yellow to brown, but it also occurs as a clear stone.¬† Treated with heat or other circumstances the clear stone can become blue like aquamarine or pink in a color that looks like it wants to be a garnet.¬† Topaz–a lovely stone, which can exist in a wide range of color and is often multifaceted.¬† Many famously charming Champions celebrate birthdays in November.¬† Among them are Sue and Bob Weltanschauung from under the hill (not nearly over it) and Elva Ragland who will be celebrating on the 19th‚Ķquite a substantial birthday!

¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬† Enjoy a buttery topaz, gloriously golden autumn morning on the porch at Henson‚Äôs Store.¬† It is on the North Side of the Square where Patriotic Champions are softly singing a sanguine song and are insatiable in their interest in everything natural.¬† Champions are perpetual optimists‚ÄĒready for fun and Looking on the Bright Side!