2018-11-08 / Columns

100th Armistice Day observed

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MEMBERS OF the Omena Women’s Club toured the Dennos Museum exhibits last week. Pictured (backrow, from left) are Mary Smart, Joey Bensley, Kathy Schaeffer and Kathy Miller; (second row, from left) Joan Kalchik-TenBrock, Kana McKee and Doni Lystra; (front row, from left) Nana Kennedy and Mary Tonneberger. MEMBERS OF the Omena Women’s Club toured the Dennos Museum exhibits last week. Pictured (backrow, from left) are Mary Smart, Joey Bensley, Kathy Schaeffer and Kathy Miller; (second row, from left) Joan Kalchik-TenBrock, Kana McKee and Doni Lystra; (front row, from left) Nana Kennedy and Mary Tonneberger. This year marks a very special Veterans Day celebration. November 11 is the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. The major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect.

Next year will mark the 100th anniversary of Veterans Day, which was originally called Armistice Day, here in the United States. On November 11, 1919, President Woodrow Wilson addressed the nation, saying “A year ago today our enemies laid down their arms in accordance with an armistice which rendered them impotent to renew hostilities, and gave to the world an assured opportunity to reconstruct its shattered order and to work out in peace a new and juster set of international relations.”

The United States Congress adopted a resolution on June 4, 1926, requesting that President Calvin Coolidge issue annual proclamations calling for the observance of November 11 with appropriate ceremonies.A Congressional Act approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday, known as ‘Armistice Day’.

In 1945, World War II veteran Raymond Weeks from Birmingham, Alabama, had the idea to expand Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans, not just those who died in World War I. President Eisenhower signed the bill into law on May 26, 1954. Congress amended the bill on June 1, 1954, replacing “Armistice” with “Veterans,” and it has been known as Veterans Day since.

November is the start of the holiday season, and I’m already late getting started on getting in shape. Healthier eating also helps with quality of life. I’ve noticed that, in spite of the high cost of living, it remains popular. I’m having a hard time eating healthy. Every time I try, a chocolate looks at me and Snickers. I thought about becoming vegan, but I knew it would be a big missed steak.

Elections are finally over. I won’t miss all of that junk mail, calls and even texts. I have my own campaign to ban pre-shredded cheese. It would make America grate again. The lotteries have really been in the news lately with the huge payouts. I’ve always wondered why don’t we ever see the headline “Psychic wins Lottery”?

November is also hunting season in northern Michigan. I went to buy some camouflage trousers the other day, but I couldn’t find any.

Some people might start fleeing Omena in November for warmer climes, but Don and Penny Valmassoi and their nephew, Jason Davis, came up from the Cincinnati area to enjoy the last of the fall colors. They were still impressed, especially with the reflections of the color on the bay. Speaking of colors, my mood ring is missing and I don’t know how I feel about that.

The November Omena Womens’ Club (OWC) meeting was a tour of the Dennos Museum, including the permanent exhibit, the exhibit in the new wing, and the two new visiting exhibits, “Homage: Inspired by Outstanding Canadian Women,”and “Visions of American Life: Paintings from the Manoogian Collection, 1850-1940”.

Homage is a collection of 40 framed neck-pieces created as a celebration and tribute to Canadian women, past and present. The curator, Susan Benson RCA, sketched portraits of each of the women to accompany the pieces which, along with short biographies, add so much to the educational aspect of the exhibition. As a contemporary jewelry artist, Donald Stuart has used the familiar form of the necklace to explore history from a fresh perspective. Visions, from the Detroit Institute of Arts, features 40 outstanding works by late-19th and early-20th century artists capturing American life, culture, and identity in that time. Among the American artists featured are Thomas Moran, Childe Hassam, William James Glackens, Jane Peterson, Francis Davis Millet, and Aaron Bohrod.

The OWC members gave high marks to the Dennos docents who made the exhibits even more interesting. After the tour, the group had lunch at the Calypso Mediterranean Restaurant. Thanks to Doni Lystra for organizing the event.

After almost 11 years of doing this column, I thought that I would share a little bit about myself. My mind is like lightning - one brilliant flash and it’s gone. As a writer, I’m friends with 25 letters of the alphabet. I don’t know Y. I’m also interested in the English language. “I am” is reportedly the shortest sentence in the English language. Could it be that “I do” is the longest sentence? I have an inquiring mind. For example, what hair color do they put on the driver’s licenses of bald men? Why can’t they make the whole plane out of the same substance that the little indestructible black box is? If it’s true that we are here to help others, then what exactly are the others here for? If a cow laughed, would milk come out of her nose?

Enough of that. To be frank, I’d have to change my name.

Tonight at 7 pm at the Village Arts Building in Northport, the Northport Arts Association (NAA), is hosting a presentation by Joan Farago about her work and a demonstration of her printmaking. Ms. Farago is an abstract artist/ painter of emotional landscapes expressing spiritual and emotional connections thru nature with unique printmaking, waterscapes and landscapes. She lives in southeast Michigan and has been creating art since a young girl and has been an exhibitor at ArtPrize in Grand Rapids. The event is open to the public.

In case you hadn’t guessed it, Happy National Punster Day today! Many thanks to Ed Oberndorf and Stewart Fisher for helping to make it a punny column again this year.

Happy Birthday to Ralph Kalchik, Marsha Holtz, Hayden Treece, Kathy Cigan, and Dave Johnson.

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