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lOB Wednesday, May 5, 2010 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter EDITORIAL and OPINION EDITO1KIAL What makes Mother's Day Mother's Day? Is it the bouquet of flowers, the greeting card, the meal out or the long distance phone call? Historically, it's none of these things. Mother's Day started innocuously enough in 1858, when Ann Jarvis, a young Appalachian homemaker, planned a day to raise awareness of poor health and sanitation conditions in her own community. She called it "Mother's Work Day," because she believed this was a cause best advocated by moth- ers. As she continued her work, she organized women on both sides of the conflict during the Civil War to work for better sanitary conditions. In 1868, she began working to reconcile her Union and Confederate neighbors. When Jarvis died in 1905, her daughter Anna Jarvis came up with the idea of an official "Mother's Day," and she chose the second Sunday in May for the celebration. In 1907, she passed out 500 white carnations at her mother's church, St. Andrew's Methodist Episco.pal Church in Grafton, West Virginia one for each mother in the con- gregation. Anna chose Sunday for her Mother's Day cele- bration, as she intended it to be a holy day. She al- so made it clear it should be Mother's Day, not Mothers' Day, because she wanted each individual family to come together in celebration and honor of their mother. In this way, the day would bring families together, which seems to support .the elder Jarvis' idea of reconciliation. During the Civil War, members of the same family often found themselves on opposite sides of , this tragic struggle. A day that emphasized the importance of the family bond seemed especially valuable. Englishwoman Julia Ward Howe, a social ac- tivist, started her own version of Mother's Day in the years following the Civil War. Her Mothering Sunday was also influenced by Jarvis, but was in- tended as a call to unite women against war in the wake of the most terrible struggle the United States had ever seen. .From the first official Mother's Day in 1907, the custom spread to 45 states. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson declared Mother's Day a national holiday. The later commercialization of Mother's Day so infuriated the younger Jarvis, however, that she spent much of the latter part of her life and her in- heritance fighting its effects. She criticized the practice of buying pre-printed cards, which she thought was a sign of being too lazy to write a per- sonal letter. She was arrested in 1948, for disturbing the peace while protesting against the commercializa- tion of Mother's Day, and eventually said she re- gretted ever starting the day. Mother's Day, currently, is one of the most suc- cessful commercial occasions in the U.S., and it's the most popular day of the year to dine out. Ac- cording to a business research firm, Americans will spend around $2.6 billion on flowers, $1.53 bil- lion on gifts and another $68 million on greeting cards. It's also one of the days more phone calls are made than any other calls from children to mothers who live too far away to visit. There don't seem to be statistics recorded on how many mothers wait to receive those phone calls each year. No one knows exactly how many save every one of the cards they get, or who feels loved when they are given those flowers or who is jus.t plain relieved they don't have to cook. Mother's Day is not, perhaps, what it set out to be. Maybe we aren't fighting for or against anything on that day. But, we can still take the day to remember and value what and who is important to us. Seathe ng paper go to plumasnews.com Michael C. Taborski ............. Publisher Keri B. Taborski ...Legal Advertising Dept. Delaine Fragnoti ........ Managing Editor Diana Jorgenson .......... Portola Editor Alicia Knadler ........ Indian Valley Editor Kate West ............... Chester Editor Shannon Morrow .......... Sports Editor Mona Hill .................. Copy Editor Staff writers: Joshua Sebold Cheryl Frei Wil Farris Ruth Ellis Sam Williams Brian Taylor Barbara France Pat Shillito Susan Cort Johnson Linda Stachwel Feather River Westwood Bulletin PinePress (530) 283-0800 (530) 256-2277 Lassen County Chester Progressive Times (530) 258-3115 (530) 257-53211 Indian Valley Portola Reporter Record (530) 832-4646 (530) 284-7800 EDITOR'S NOTES DELAINE FRAGNOLI Managing Editor dfragnoli@plumasnews.com The weather in Plumas County may have been spotty lately, but our cultural offer- ings have been sunny and bright. Every once in awhile, I am amazed anew at what all we can pull off when we want to. Over the last month, I have attended so many varied events that I have almost lost track. Bear with me as I recount a few. First up was Taste of Plumas. I was quite content by the time I waddled out of the fairgrounds after sampling great food from restaurants around the county. I now have a must-try list of several restaurants the next time my travels take me to opposite ends of the county. That gourmet gluttony was followed the next week by a reading and workshop by noted author Ariel Gore at Feather River College and a yoga workshop at Whitehawk Ranch. That weekend included two perfor- mances of dramaworks' delightful version of "Willy Wonka." Then it was off to the All County Jazz Night, where jazz bands from county high schools performed for an enthusiastic crowd. I took my trombone-playing daugh- ter to that for inspiration. A trio of Earth Day activities followed. Rain didn't dampen spirits at the festival organized by Feather River College stu- dents. A film, "People of the Amazon," and lecture by the film maker on environmen- tal activism lured me to the Town Hall The- atre the next night. I ended the week at Will Lombardi's talk on John Muir's Feather River journeys, but not before I took in din- ner and an art show by FRC students at Pangaea. The events just didn't let up. I sampled Carl and Margaret Chavez of Graeagle visited the Alcazar Royal Palace in Seville, Spain. They spent three weeks traveling through Spain and Portugal, with a side trip across the Strait of Gibraltar to Tangier, Morocco. Next time you travel, share where you went by taking your local newspaper along and including it in a photo. Then e-mail the photo to smor- row@plumasnews.co m. Photo submitted one of the Lunch and Learn lectures, this particular one on Nepal, offered by the Plumas County Library. For upcoming top- ics, see our Events Around Plumas County calendar. Then last weekend, my daughter and I at- tend the High Sierra Community Youth Or- chestra spring concert, which followed on the heels of the Plumas County Museum's "Black Bart Rides Again" presentation. I list all of these to give you an idea of the quantity, quality and variety of cultural of- ferings we're blessed to have here in Plumas County. And those were just the events I made it to. There were many more to choose from. There was the quilt show in Portola I didn't get to and the Ancient Mu- dras and Sufi Meditation (doesn't that pique your interest?) at the yoga center in East Quincy. There's no sign of things slowing down. In the next week alone, FRC presents "Ok- lahoma," Plumas Arts hosts a Downtown Art Walk in Quincy, the library has anoth- er Lunch &,Learn lecture (this one on Mayans in Guatemala) and the Portola Ro- tarians serve up a chili cook-off. What's interesting to me is that all this cultural hustle and bustle doesn't leave me tired-- it leaves me inspired and ener- gized. Give me more! Bring it on! And it leaves me grateful. An amazing amount of unpaid and underpaid work goes into so many of these events. I applaud all of you who have helped support and orga- nize these recent and upcoming events. That we have so many groups and indi- viduals willing to give of their time, their talents and even their own cash speaks of a kind of richness of soul that many more- populated and affluent counties would have trouble matching. For most of us, all we have to do is show up. A number of these events are free, low- cost or donation-based. All we need bring is that energy and inspiration I mentioned earlier. The artists, writers, musicians and performers feed off of our enthusiasm. This is how we build a vibrant cultural life to- gether. So I ask you take that back-- I exhort you to get out there and breathe in what Plumas County has to offer. Engage. You just might find yourself contemplating your own lecture, show, concert ... Graeagle, Portola and Walker Mine loca- filed with the California State Banking RAEMEMBE1K WHEN tions to be announced. Commission this week. The proposed board of directors and founders include KERI TABORSKI 50 YEARS AGO... 1960 the following organizers: Jerry Kehr, Oliv- Historian The proposed $31 million Belden power er McGill and Jessie Wellenbrock of plant project by PG&E was endorsed by a Chester; Everett Bey, Bob Moon, Bob four to one vote by the Plumas County Dellinger, Ernie Leonhardt and Rich De- 80 YEARS AGO... 1930 Board of Supervisors this week. Mars, all of Quincy; George Bartlett of Por- Advertisement: Gifts forMother's Day at Chester volunteer firemen set fire and tola, Mike Shaw of Graeagle and Bob Portola Me~,cantile--Gifts suitable for razed an infamous structure in Chester Schoensee of Mohawk. Mother include silk gloves, house frock, Sunday.'It was the house that in which the silk hoisery, silk umbrellas. Santos gang plotted the robbery and mur- 10 YEARS AGO... 2000 Advertisement: Just in time for Spring-- der of Chester grocer Guard Young and his Bertie Lee Keen will be in Plumas County three children in October of 1952. Lloyd Grawford, who has overseen during the month of May to do natural per- Plumas County's mental health and drug & manent hair waving as follows: Lee Lodge 30 YEARS AGO... 1980 alcohol programs for the last 15 years re- in Chester, Phil's Barber Shop in An application to organize a Plumas signed at the Tuesday Plumas County Greenville, Adele's Beauty Shop in Quincy. Bank with headquarters in Quincy wasBoard of Supervisors meeting. Bicyclists are motorists: Share the road While riding a bicycle, it's good to obey The popularity of"naked" streets is the rules of the road, as if in a car. Howev- spreading across Europe, as officials are er, there are times when safety and corn- finding that less governance leads to mon sense seem more applicable than laws greater social responsibility. made for automobiles. In a way, Plumas County is ahead of the i~i~:~!::!i::~'~,! Ultimately, everyone on the road is try- times in this regard. Most locals aren't il ing to get from point A to point B in a safe afraid to stop in the middle of the street to ~'~:: and timely fashion. If we are considerate talk to their neighbor, but they also don'ti and careful, most incidents can be avoided, hesitate to give pedestrians the right of MY --' I'URN-- It's goodtohave a,few rules, but we've way. " ~ 1 ................................. SH-AN~iON"Moi~ROW ................................ reached the point where many drivers are Too many rules create an atmospnere oi Sports Editor more focused on pushing the rules than competition, similar to sports. Driving smorrow@plumasnews.com sharing the road. should not be competitiye. On the con- If all our actions were solely dictated by trary, driving should be an exercise in co- One of the many blessings of living in a what was legal or illegal, society would operation. small town is that most destinations are a crumble. Morals and ethics should trump The same goes for bicycling. No one on a short distance away, and it's often easier to regulations, which constantly change, bike wants to get in the way of a car, but it ride a bike or walk, rather than get in a I'd prefer to share the road with drivers is often necessary for cyclists to maintain car. who diligently scan ahead for others, the right of way to merge or turn. As the winter season ends, it's fun,to see rather than continually check their If you're in a car, please make al- more bikes on the road, many with bags rearview mirror for cops. lowances for those on bicycles, and if and lights and bells. More bikes means less Several towns in Europe have gotten rid you're on a bicycle, please do your best not vehicular traffic, which most everyone of their street signs and road markings to to hinder traffic or scare drivers. agrees is a good thing, help non-motorized traffic feel more corn- Many of us are sometimes motorists, Bicycles are smaller and more nimble fortable on the road. sometimes cyclists and sometimes pedes- than cars and provide a greater field of Instead of everyone depending on signs trians. Throw buses, skateboards, tractors, view. Moreover, bicycles aren't nearly as and lines, people simply negotiate around scooters and strollers in the mix, and we lethal as motorized vehicles, each other by using eye contact and paying quickly find that collaboration works bet- Many people have no interest in ever rid- attention to others' intent, ter than segregation. ing a bike around town, and that's totally These shared spaces have increased mo- Ultimately, we're all just travelers. What OK. But because so many people do use bi- torists' awareness of others, and people benefits one benefits all, and what harms cycles, a shared respect between motorists have naturally become more considerate one harms all. Let's be mindful of others as and cyclists is essential for all. and careful, we proceed along our paths. I I