From writer observer Norb Blei of Ellison Bay (Door Co.) WI comes this posting this morning. http://poetrydispatch.wordpress.com/2010/11/22/jan-morris-why-i-mourn-the-decline-of-whistling/
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Re whistling -
We are put in mind of Art Olson of Olson's Ace Hardware Store, Waukesha WI. His steady whistling as he dispenses his goods is a high point of a trip to his got everything hardware emporium.
There's a man in the world who is never turned down,
Wherever he chances to stray;
he gets the glad hand in the populous town,
or out where the farmers make hay;
he's greeted with pleasure on deserts of sand,
and deep in the aisles of the woods;
wherever he goes there's the welcoming hand—
he's The Man Who Delivers the Goods. (while whistling, we add)
So many of you contacted us after yesterday's SRN posting for the recipe on the church mice candies that we obtained it from the kindly cook, Kirsten Dobson: