Consider gardening

To the editor:

In a very real way, gardening signifies beginning, renewal and trust. A sense of hope occurs when you plant, water, weed, and watch, as nature offers gentle advice and guidance.

There is no timetable or deadline except one you might impatiently impose. In the garden, time is controlled by growth, not by you or your schedule.

And as you occupy yourself with this and that you’ll notice a shift occurring: chores melt into concern. “And how’re my maters doing today?” If you find yourself asking them, don’t worry — they just might answer.

The condition of your garden becomes more important and more meaningful than the insistent blathering of social media. You’ll come to realize the permanence of Mother Nature and her beauty.

She asks for nothing and gives everything. If we care for and cooperate with her, we learn patience in ourselves and hopefully instill it in others.

If you want respite from our constantly disruptive society, put down the phone, pick up the trowel, and start gardening. Water, weed, and repeat as needed. And remember to plant a row for the homeless.

Bill Lusto Waynesville

Doctors are the best

To the editor:

Mountain Eye Center is also my doctors. I could not have gotten better care from anywhere else. From the front desk and into surgery, very professional, kind, and caring. I also had cataract surgery on both eyes.

The one thing that touched dearest to my heart, Dr. Markoff came to preop and wanted to have prayer with us before we went in to surgery. I was thankful for those few seconds.

I have been going to this group of doctors for several years. My experience has been a pleasure at every visit. You can tell when doctors really care for their patients.

I have all of my doctors here in beautiful Haywood County. They are all wonderful caring medical professionals that are the best. And Haywood Regional Medical Center is the best all around — from the emergency room to the operating room. They care about their patients.

Beatrice Zielke Clyde

Seeking Rhineharts

To the editor:

My name is Kim Wright, and I am hoping The Mountaineer can help me find some of our Rhinehart kinfolk for a Rhinehart family reunion to be held Saturday, July 6 from 1 to 5 at the Dutch Fisher Park in Waynesville.

My husband, Ted, is grandson of the late Ed and Dora Lee (Ammons) Rhinehart. Some of you may remember our family as we lived there for a time and one of our ten children was born there. We played bluegrass music, The Wrights.

One of the grandchildren, Laurie Rhinehart Smith and her husband, Walt, are coming in from Vermont. She’s not met any of you, and I would love to give her a great attendance! Please bring pictures and memories to share! It will be a potluck. I am also very interested in compiling a Rhinehart cookbook. Could you bring recipes to share?!

Please contact Joe Arrington locally for any questions. He can be reached at 828-550-9335.

You can call me, Kim Wright at 360-423-3583.

Joe Arrington has started a private Facebook page for descendants of John and Sarah (Hoyle) Rhinehart, so please don’t hesitate to contact him if you have family information to share. My husband’s grandmother’s folks were Lon and Bertha (Medford) Ammons, and I would love to hear from their descendants as well.

Kim Wright Kelso, Washington

Cemetery rules serve a purpose

To the editor:

Take a walk through Greenhill Cemeyery and you’ll see how hard upkeep can be, and the hill part is most of the cemetery.

This letter is not to offend anyone in anyway. I wasn’t a part of the “cleanup” but now my heart is there as I buried my husband in the VA part.

I know rules are made for a reason and somehow I missed them at both entrances. So, I bought angels, vase flowers and things I could place with a lot of love at his grave.

Chris, who is one of the nicest and sweetest guys said, “you can leave them a day or two” and very nicely explained the rules and why they were there.

My husband’s grave is a sacred place to me. You’ll find me there nearly every day.

Cemeteries require a lot of maintenance, and with all the kinds of markers, it’s a challenge to say the least.

I choose to respect the rules so the maintenance crew can do what they are there to do. That’s to keep our loved ones’ resting place looking good.

I’m not telling anyone anything cause I don’t know their story, only mine.

Thanks Chris and the rest of the crew. I appreciate all you do and the kindness you give.

Debby Knapik

Waynesville

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