Threshing The Wheat From The Chaff

| March/April 1971

The one boy, dressed in overalls and carrying a guitar, said, 'The bond that holds us together in this group is our faith in Jesus Christ. We go from school to school, and church to church, giving a three-act play based on morals and faith in the classroom. I accompany the performance with my guitar.'

'Sometimes we wonder if we'll make it to the next town, our old bus breaks down so often,' he continued. 'But we travel on faith, and the Lord always provides. Before we finish an engagement in one place, the churches and businessmen of the next community along the way are sending us invitations and backing to perform there.'

As the Old Year passes away, and the New Year of 1971 approaches, there are other significant developments that portend  improvement. Cigarette commercials on television are to be no more. Rapid progress in education and planning is being programmed for the cleaning up of our countryside and waterways. People are becoming aware of the dangers which have been besetting us and are seeing the light. We have just read in Life Magazine where Natural and Health Foods are becoming more popular, and the youth are doing much of the promoting. Several huge Health Food Stores are being operated by young men and women in California. Their vegetables and fruits are raised in gardens fertilized by manure and compost heaps, just like Grandpa did it, and no toxic sprays or plant foods are used whatever. The article goes on to state that young people are no longer accepting the 'junk foods' that have been promoted by false advertising and unsafe methods of production.

While there is much to deplore in this modern age, there are shafts of truth and light already appearing through the dark clouds. And youth is marching in the front lines along with those of their elders who are aware that improvements must be made if mankind is to survive.

In a recent visit to a large Natural Food Store, we came away with quite a few purchases - such as Cabbage Juice, Roasted Sunflower Seeds, Natural Vitamins of Potassium and Iodine, a package of Golden Seal Tea, and the like - all from Nature's garden and storehouses, designed for better health.

I once had a fine old friend, Frank Robbins - one who had been a blacksmith for many years, as well as an old-time fiddler. Frank used to come to my place to make fiddlin' records, and while he was around I also took some pictures of him and wrote him up in the Dayton Paper. He told me he could work twelve hours a day in his blacksmith shop, then he'd drive to the county seat in an old buggy in the coldest winter weather and fiddle into the wee hours of the morning. Afterward he'd drive back through a blizzard, sleep four hours, and be up at the crack of dawn to work another day at blacksmithing.


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