A PET word from Swaziland and a note on George Washington Carver

PET MO-Columbia update 6-23-15
PETs built since 1-1-15 #680

This blog has to do with the troubled world in which PET exists — our
nation and a world in which racial hatreds simmer and explode. Last
weekend as the news was filled with the killing of the nine in
Charleston, my family and I made a visit to the George Washington
Carver National Monument near Diamond, Missouri. Mr. Carver has long
been one of my heroes, but I had not been to the site since it was
fully developed.

I have a strong suggestion to all parents and grandparents, and/or
those who deal with children and youth. Tell them the story of this
amazing man, and, if possible, make a visit to the Carver site. I quote
from the site brochure:

“George Washington Carver had a timeless message for humanity. Yet he
became famous not for his great wisdom, nor for his brilliance as an
educator, but for transforming peanuts into products like ink, paper,
soap, glue, dyes, massage oil, milk, cosmetics, and more. It is not so
much his specific achievements as the humane philosophy behind them
that define the man.

Mr. Carver said, “It is not the style of clothes one wears, neither the
kind of automobiles one drives, nor the amount of money one has in the
bank, that counts. These mean nothing. It is simply service that
measures success.”

Suggestions:

*** Go to your computer or bookstore and re-acquaint yourself with the
amazing life of George Washington Carver.

*** Tell some of the Carver stories to your children and grand-children.
As you spread a peanut butter sandwich tell them of this man who was
called the “peanut man.”

*** If at all possible, take a family trip to Diamond, MO (near Joplin,
MO) and invest a few hours in this lovely, inspirational and educational
spot. Plan on staying two or three hours.

*** If you are near Tuskegee Institute (Alabama) visit that institution,
where Carver became famous for his creative educational methods.

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*** A story from Swaziland: Nathi is the man who assembles and repairs the
PETs received by The Luke Commission (an NGO, medical team who have
received many Columbia made PETs).

At distributions and clinics, he adjusts the PETs for the recipient and
repairs older PETs. He says, “I have great joy when these PETs are given
to my fellow Swazis.”

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“Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those
giving more.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Mel West

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