Archive for November, 2008

Thinking and Living by Bicycle

November 14, 2008

By Ed Chasteen

This is the title of my new book due to be published soon. Here is an excerpt from page 46 in a part of the book called My Friend Martin.

I must have the bicycle. I must be hours on it, working my muscles, my mind, my sweat glands. That bicycle to me is like a dialysis machine to a kidney patient. I cannot live without it. But the bike by itself is not enough. I also need the supportive interacting of the people. All kinds of people. Everywhere. The bicycle or the interaction alone is half a loaf, insufficient to my appetite, leaving me wanting. And dying.

I cannot resign myself to a life of mediocrity. I am a pilgrim who cannot find a lasting city. I am a wanderer from another place. A bicycle I need to bring me quietly into the lives of people down the ever-beckoning road. Quickly I must make a place for myself in their lives. When our souls touch and we embrace, when we recognize our mutual love and need of one another, I must be gone.

Others await. And the pain of parting is almost more than I can bear. Knowing, though, that had we not parted, I would not now know these precious ones, each day is an ode to joy. “No pain, no gain” is a larger truth than those who say it usually know.

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November 10, 2008

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My Two Causes

November 7, 2008

By Ed Chasteen

 

            I ride my bike most every day to some small town 15 to 25 miles from my home in Liberty, usually to breakfast. I have learned to love riding, though when I started I did not. I was scared. That doctor who told me I have MS said to rest and not get hot. When living that way was killing me, I started to ride. Loving it came later. But for years now I have loved it, as it became the only medicine I take for my MS.

            That’s not quite true. Bike riding is the only medicine I take for my physical symptoms, the only thing I need to keep my body in shape. But for my mind, my heart, my soul, I need more. I need to be a World Class Person, able to go anyplace at anytime and talk to anyone about anything and feel safe. So I started HateBusters. We help people hurt by hate. We teach people how to like people who are not like them. We never say no when asked to help and we never charge fees.

            I write about everything. I write about the small town cafes I visit on my bike. I write about Catrick’s, Fubbler’s Cove, JJ’s, Mill Inn, Sarah’s Table. I have put my stories in little books. I’m offering them for sale for $5.00 each. They are for sale at Biscari Brothers Bicycles in Liberty. Money raised from their sale will be divided equally between MS and HateBusters.

            Please see Dave at the bike shop. Buy a book. Buy one of each. Buy one for a friend. Spread the word. Help me raise money for my two causes.

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Man of America

November 6, 2008

By Ed Chasteen

 

            Jubilation erupted around the world the night of November 4 when Barak Obama was declared President Elect of the United States. A line from my favorite play sprang to mind. The play is Man of LaMancha. The line: “Too much sanity may be madness, and the greatest madness of all may be to see the world as it is and not as it should be.” With this election, America begins its journey on the high road to the world that should be. A world where we all become World Class Persons, able to go anyplace at anytime and talk to anyone about anything and feel safe.

            “Wickedness wears thick armor.” So say those who caution the Man of LaMancha. He responds, “And for that you would have me surrender? Nay, the enchanter may confuse the outcome ten thousand times, still must a man arise and again do battle, for the effort is sublime.”

            Indeed it is.

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Fellowship of the Concerned Chili Dinner

November 1, 2008

First Friday in November

November 7, 2008

First Presbyterian Church

138 N. Main   Liberty

By Ed Chasteen

 

            For 43 years now it has happened in our town on the first Friday in November. From 11 in the morning until 7 in the evening. At the Presbyterian Church. Homemade chili and pies. Many in our town show up. We meet and greet each other. We have bought our tickets already. Or we get them when we come. Either way the $6.00 we pay goes to support the good work done all year by The Fellowship of the Concerned.

            Joe Wally and John Pritchard had a dream in the 1960s. They went to Julian Houston. Joe and John dreamed that black people and white people in our town would meet together on a regular basis to get to know each other and do things good for our town. Julian was pastor of the Presbyterian Church. Thus was the Fellowship of the Concerned born. So did it come to be housed at the Presbyterian Church.

            For five decades now people needing a helping hand, a friendly face and a little help have come to the Fellowship. Without fanfare or formality, the Fellowship makes things happen when people are hurting. When someone needs a bus ticket, a car repaired, the utilities paid, groceries bought, a ride to the hospital, a little money to tide them over, the Fellowship helps. When local students need money for college, the Fellowship helps.

            Every other Sunday morning from widely scattered places in our town we come. Two or three have come an hour earlier to fire up the stove and put on the coffee. By 6:45, all is ready, and the Fellowship sits down to breakfast. By 7:15 we are ready for business. Each member mentions the community needs he/she has learned of since the last meeting or tells what progress has been made with a problem previously brought before the Fellowship.

            The Fellowship of the Concerned never has much money. Members dig in our pockets to help. We hold garage sales. Our big fundraiser comes on the first Friday of November every year. The Fellowship of the Concerned Chili Dinner has become an institution in our town, a cherished annual event central to our being a community, a wonderful life moment in time.

            Friday, November 7th is the day this year. First Presbyterian Church is the place: 11 AM-7 PM is the time. Members are out and about in our town selling tickets. Buy several. Bring the whole family. Bring friends. If a member doesn’t get to you before November 7th, bring your money and come to the church. Get your tickets at the door. Join our town as we celebrate our goodness and demonstrate our generosity.

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