Saluda News & Notations 

Published 10:45 pm Thursday, March 28, 2019

The great lesson
from the true mystics is
that the sacred
is in the ordinary, that
it is to be found
in one’s daily life,
in one’s neighbors,
friends, and family,
in one’s backyard. 

~ Abraham H. Maslow 


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With a spring weekend of sunshine, last Saturday I headed to the yard with pruners, weed-eater and handsaw. Plus, took the push mower apart and got ‘er going. For nine months, it was hard if not impossible to do any of those things with an out-of-order hand. Hand surgery in February got a ruptured tendon repaired: the paw can move much better! My days of hauling heavy rocks may be over, though. Old habits are hard to break, when you’re a gardener who wants things moved and done. 

I won’t even tell you what the medical bills are that trickle in to the mailbox daily. Should I say everybody’s got a hand out? Hand it over! It’s just hard to believe a small incision on the wrist costs so much moola. Upon opening a bill yesterday, I had to put my glasses on to re-read the fine print, my mouth hanging open in shock. I won’t say what words came out of my mouth right about then, but you can guess, Dear Reader.  

Speaking of big bucks, Silver-the-Subaru has been parked out back since January, waiting for a new tran$mi$$on. $ilver might be taking off on a wrecker for a repair $hop—thanks to folks lending a helping hand. Like hand surgery, a transmission costs big buck$. (Maybe Silver and I are both getting patched up and will be running better.)  

The best thing is to be able to haul brush, prune, and battle winter’s branch piles for two days. River was straw-boss, and the cat just hopped up on an old stump to sharpen her claws. Neither offered to work. Who’s smarter?  

Learn more about Saluda Community Land Trust (SCLT) by visiting or calling 828-749-1560. SCLT’s 12th Annual Meeting is May 1, 6:00 p.m. at Saluda Center. For  information on joining “Walks in the Woods”, contact Chuck Hearon at (828) 817-0364 or; the next walk is April 7 to Moonshine Creek, a strenuous hike down to the Pacolet River. Meet and carpool from Saluda Library’s parking lot at 2:00 p.m.    


Saluda’s Historic Depot is open Tuesday-Saturday 10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.,  Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Donations can be made by mailing to Saluda Historic Depot, P.O. Box 990, Saluda, NC 28773 or 



Medical loan equipment is available from Saluda Center; call Donna, Center director at 828-749-9245. Meals on Wheels is available at little or no cost: volunteers are always needed to deliver.  


A BBQ fundraiser will be held for Mason Mintz, son of Preston and Valerie Mintz, at Saluda Fire Department on March 30, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  


Garden Notes: it’s a good time to get an early start on taming wild honeysuckle vines popping up, and not too late to cut kudzu crowns back before the evil monster rears its head.  Honeybees are busy in blooming cherry trees; I walked underneath one, and looked up into a cloud of petals and humming bees! What could be better to hear bee songs on a spring day? Don’t poison those dandelion blooms: bees appreciate them too.  


Happy March Birthday to: Faye Chandler, Genell Jespersen, Valerie Mintz, Sheldon Mintz, Curtis Pace, Anita Odgen Moore, Charles Weinhagen, Kevin Kerr, Dorrie McKinley, Catherine Ross, Monica Pace, Ken Justus,  Elizabeth Justus,  Arlene Klippel, Rachel Bradley, Chris Bradley,  Martha Stoney Anderson, Dawn Ward, Peggy Wolf, Dori Ray, Martin Anderson, Lucy Holman, Craig Bass, Laura Bass, Patty Martin, Dana Browning, Tangie Morgan, Melanie Keener, Erica Shanks, and John Dean. 


Feel free to contact me at, (828) 749-1153, or visit