Somewhere in the deepest reaches of my otherwise fertile brain, there must be a short circuit or crossed wiring of some sort. There must be - somthin just ain't write.
See what I mean? I'll make a mistake like that or 5ubstitute the number five for the letter 's'. 3very once in a while I'll type in the # 3 when there should be an "E." Some people might refer to this as a touch of dyslexia versus a more apt diagnosis: Just plain fool.
Sometimes it comes out in the way I read or interpret something. A couple of weeks ago, for example, I mistakenly said in a column about the Rev. John Bachman that two of his sons had married a couple of J.J. Audubon's daughters, when in fact it was just the opposite. My chief source for the column had it correct, but for some reason I got it wrong.
Anyway, numerous people picked up on the error, which is encouraging to the extent that so many people know about the Rev. Bachman.
According to the biography written by Bachman's grandson (John Bachman Haskell, son of William Haskell and one of John Bachman's daughters by his first marriage), the Reverend had 14 children by his first (Harriet Martin.) Many of these children died as infants and several others died as young adults. Two of Bachman's daughters by his first wife married two of John J. Audubon's sons. Unfortunately, both ladies died in their early 20's.
When Harriet Martin Bachman died, the Reverend subsequently married her sister, Maria Martin, but that marriage produced no children.
Apparently Maria was of great assistance to Audubon and painted the backgrounds in many of the later Audubon works. ...
Several weeks ago I ran a column featuring a letter from a reader decrying the relative lack of vocational school opportunities for high school students compared with the way things were around here during the mid-part of the last century. This got the attention of Jimmy Bailey, director of the nonprofit YEScarolina, whose mission is to teach entrepreneurship to young South Carolinians of all socio-economic backgrounds, and which is starting to make a real difference in the Charleston area.
The mechanism is to train teachers in any willingly receptive high school (not just vocational schools) how to teach entrepreneurship so that they can pass along to their students the art of developing business plans and starting businesses.
YEScarolina is a program partner of The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship based out of New York. According to Bailey, the founder of NFTE realized that one teacher could reach multiple students. The more teachers and the more varied the curricula, the better the outcomes.
Where YEScarolina is very interested in low income, at-risk students, services are offered to any student at any school, assuming there's qualified teaching at that school. The program sponsors business plan competition in schools and the winners advance to regional and statewide competitions at the College of Charleston.
I met a handful of the entrepreneurship students a couple of weeks ago and they were just so very impressive: A visually handicapped young man developing an app ("Eye Wanna Shop") that can be used by the blind while at the grocery store, a young lady from a poor neighborhood who is an artist and will be making money at the waterfront doing caricatures and portraits, another young man with cerebral palsy working on a food-healthy snack mix, and yet another in the website design business.
They are remarkable young people - all of them- who are getting a leg up from a very worthwhile organization.
A few weeks ago I was struggling with how to describe the fragrance of Ligustrum, which I find enticing but not necessarily sweet, subtle but not retiring, very pleasing in a modest sort of way. Hamlin O'Kelley helps me out with the following: "A citrus-tinged antiseptic smell bridging the gap between Confederate jasmine and gardenia."
There you go. I couldn't agree more.
Edward M. Gilbreth is a Charleston physician. Reach him at edwardgilbreth@ comcast.net.