Saturday, June 13, 2009

Give a little love and it all comes back to you...

My patient after one day from surgery is like almost new. I am amazed. He is slightly sore, but driving again. I tell you, when this happened to me in the late 1970s, I was down for a week. And yes, he is young and strong, but really, the techniques of healing are slightly different and what a difference those small changes make! It doesn't take much to make change, only an energetic minority and a little clear-headed science.

A new note to those interested in hybrid cars...

Hello all:

I know this is short notice, but would appreciate anything you can do to get the word out- this will be a great product specific class for working technicians!

We have about 10 more seats open.Wake Tech will be conducting a three day workshop June 22-24 which will focus on technician training for two specific hybrid technologies.

This workshop has been customized at the request of the City of Fayetteville as their technicians will be attending the course. The workshop schedule:
Day 1, Introduction to hybrid technology, hybrid safety.
Walk-around of bothToyota and Honda hybrid vehicles.
Day 2, Class room and hands on technical training on the GM Belt AlternatorStarter (BAS) hybrid system. We will be working on both Saturn and Chevy BAS hybrids.
Day 3, Class room and hands on technical training on the Ford Escape hybrid.We will be working on a Ford Escape hybrid.

Class runs from 9:00 to 4:00 each day.
Cost is $55.00/student
Instructor: Rich Cregar
Location: Main Campus, Automotive Technology Complex (AUT)

Course qualifies for CEU's. Seats are available.

Please contact Mr. Cregar if interested.

Best regards;
Rich Cregar,
InstructorAutomotive Systems Technologies
Sustainable Transportation Technologies
Wake Technical Community College
Glaxo Smith Kline Faculty Fellow
Institute for Emerging Issues
N.C. State University
Raleigh, N.C.

The sacrifice of one or some can precipitate a tremendous change. I have found a book about a gentleman from Martin County, Life and times of Elder Reuben Ross , describing the life of a poor preacher born in 1776.

William Ross was the father of ten children, of whom Reuben was the youngest son. Three of his brothers were in the war of the Revolution, and two of them, Martin and James, became Baptist ministers.Reuben went to school only nine months in all, at different times, in the course of seven years, and left school finally at fourteen years of age. He greatly desired an education, but could not obtain it. He considered it his duty to contribute, by physical labor, to the support of his father's family. To such labor he may have been indebted for that vigor of constitution which made him every inch a man, and lengthened out his days so far beyond the ordinary limit of human life. He knew in his youth and early manhood the inconveniences of poverty. And why? Because his father had sacrificed an independent estate to promote the objects of the War; and his youngest son, when he had become old, was heard by the writer to say: “I was always proud that my father became poor by spending his estate to carry out the principles of the Declaration of Independence.” Such language as this could not have been spoken if patriotism had not reached its climax and its perfection. Poverty is generally regarded as a calamity, but Reuben Ross rejoiced in his youth, in his manhood, and in his old age, that his father became poor by cheerfully surrendering his estate to help forward the Revolutionary contest. How safe would our country be if such a spirit of patriotism pervaded the hearts of all American citizens!

And another entry....

From Martin County History Vol I by Francis M Manning & W H Booker p223.

William Ross of Martin County was the son of William Ross Sr, formerly of the State of Virginia, who came to North Carolina, and settled in Martin County (the islands section of what is now known as Williams Township). His son (William Jr), father of ten children listed below, was born on the 9th of August, 1731, and departed this life on December 25, 1801. "William Ross, Senior, [apparently talking about the next William, husband of Mary Griffin] was successful in accumulating property and he became quite prosperous selling products of the farm to traders from New England who ascended the Roanoke in their vessels. All this prosperity vanished, however, at the commencement of the Revolutionary War. Trade of all kinds was paralyzed and at the close of the eventful period, he found himself a poor man with a comparatively large family to provide for. Yet he was never heard to complain on account of his changed circumstances, but rather rejoice that by the sacrifice of his property and by the sending of his three sons, William, John, and Martin into the army, he had contributed his mite to obtain the priceless blessings of freedom."

Whatever comes, we can live through it.

Did you get to the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony? I went last year. I probably could have gone this year, but I thought I would be needed as a nurse a little longer. RG went and guess what, he had dinner with Doc Watson. No kidding. I was just plain jealous.

At the table with them were our friends Richard and Vicky Beard. Richard has a radio show on WNCW called Celtic Winds. He is also a fine instrument maker. He made a mountain dulcimer for the raffle event this year. The Wilkes Heritage Museum is the sponsor of the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame and the induction ceremony is turning out to be a great fund raiser for them.

Well, the board for OVTA is meeting today. I think this National Heritage Area is going to be a big deal very soon. You can create something with what you have. Listen to Doc Watson's explanation of how he created Black Mountain Rag for guitar. Then go have a Coke ...

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