Opinion

Bob Mitchell: Winter solstice starts longer days

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

In just over a week, the Winter Solstice will be upon us, one of those happenings in December that some folks like to see roll around.

For this part of the world, which is the Northern Hemisphere of this planet, it means that around the 21st of the month we will have reached the shortest day of the year. It’s also the first day of winter for this year.

As the sun reaches its farthest journey to the south, in the days after solstice, we will see a change of the sun’s direction, and a reverse of direction will begin. For a few short days, that return to a northward trend will be slow, and the sun’s path actually seems to stand still before beginning to head back our way even if by just seconds each day.

Honey remedies

This is possibly out of pace with the season, but there has been a note on my spike for sometime that point toward some uses for honey. We all know that the products of bees and their keepers are well known and succulent when placed on a table with hot biscuits or cornbread, but there are many other uses that are about as useful as anything that might exist on this earth.

Discovery of one of these uses came to my attention during a visit about a year ago to the Veteran’s Administration in Fayetteville. The appointment was for another purpose, but a nurse spotted an injury and decided to investigate it.

Her concern was well-founded as the treatment being used wasn’t providing the healing effect desired by the medicos with knowledge of the age of the “ouchie.”

Use of Medi-honey

With a trip to the dispensary, she provided a new dressing and a sheet-like substance called Medi-honey, by the nurses’ terms “the best healing material known to humans.” And, in a few short days it proved to be exactly that, a quick cure for semi-minor cuts.

During a couple of subsequent instances, when using the Honey product the same quick and highly favorable results were achieved.

The lone disappointment that I discovered was that this product isn’t from the United States, instead, it comes from Canada. But, that’s not all that bad, they are in fact a next-door neighbor.

Honey’s other many uses

Honey has many other good uses, which might be something to consider before the coming of another year.

Here are some that were mentioned recently:

Well known, at least from childhood, a bit of honey is good for a wintertime cold or cough.

Having trouble sleeping? A bit of honey at bedtime can set off chemical reactions in your body that will eventually provide the needed melatonin to drop you into la-la land.

There is another one that might surprise you. Got a dandruff problem? Studies from European medical sources say applying a solution of honey and warm water to the scalp and letting it remain a few hours will begin a process of ridding the problem. After an every-other-day application, your problems will be over.

So much for the industry provided by those honeybees that use your flowers of the summer for their subsistence and products. Now you know all the information that I have on the subject of honey.

“Lightning” Harris remembered

Each time I pass a large Ford agency at Republic, it brings back memories of a one-time neighbor in Sunset Heights that once owned that firm. His name was Floyd Harris who was once a tractor salesman in Cassville. “Lightning” is what he was called in these parts, moved to Republic from here and became owner of the agency, at that time located in the downtown portion of the town. The Harris family, included significant numbers in those days.

Political thought

Gerrymander, a term denoting a region designed to favor a political party, and is nothing new to the world of elections. Long ago, the Seventh Congressional District of Southwest Missouri was carved-out to favor the Republicans by politicians in Jefferson City, then controlled by Democrats, in order to get their majorities in place elsewhere in the state. That plan has been turned topsy-turvey in these days.

Remember Robert Wadlow?

I have often wondered how many folks can remember the day that Robert Wadlow, at nine feet tall and the world’s tallest person, arrived in Cassville. It was at the old city hall-library- community building on the west side of the square. The entire school system was assembled in the bleachers and awaited his arrival. Each in the audience received a “clicker” advertising his sponsoring shoe company.

Bob Mitchell is the former editor and publisher of the Cassville Democrat. He is a 2017 inductee to both the Missouri Press Association Hall of Fame and Missouri Southern State University’s Regional Media Hall of Fame.