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    Grapes, a Cookbook, and Afternoons with Ashley on June 26th

    John A. Wojtecki
    Doctor John A. Wojtecki has 45 years of experience in Human Resources, Safety, and Training serving the toy, food, plastics, steel, and office furniture industries. John operates his own consulting business and is a Certified Facilitator in Real Colors. He is a volunteer with the Quad Cities Mediation Service. He posts monthly on his LinkedIn account.

    Muscatine Living

    Today is Sunday, June 14th. It is a cool and partly sunny day. Temperatures in the low 70’s, a wonderful day. Earlier, in the afternoon, I found myself trimming our grapes. This was the first time for me, and hopefully not the last time. There is something medicinal in seeing the fruit in its infant stages. Through the trimming, the teeny-tiny grapes have an opportunity to bathe in the sunshine, get drenched in rain, and mature to a full fruit.

    The grapes were my suggestion. We have flowers. It seemed only appropriate to have fruits and vegetables that will help sustain us.

    My efforts with grapes are in the early stages. When I think of grapes, I think of Mike and Diane Furlong and their business at Ardon Creek. Mike’s obituary was posted last week. Mike’s passing hurts.

    I know both Mike and Diane through HNI. I remember talking to him a few years back at the winery. He was mentioning that he hoped to make a profit in eight years. Now that is dedication to operating a business. When he opened the winery, I thought at the time that it was a wonderful idea. I told him so, and I fully supported his effort. I can only hope that Diane and Mike’s son will continue in the legacy. If you have ever visited Ardon Creek, even if you do not consume wine, it is breathtaking. Here is a farm that produces grapes – a noble effort. The dedication to a business, one that involves food, the earth, and a positive impact on the environment, is one to be applauded.

    Now, it is my turn for dedication to a project – for me, on a much smaller scale. Nonetheless, for our Muscatine Community, for the Salvation Army, and for the Pearl City Outreach, it is most important.

    A few articles ago, I mentioned about my reading (coincidentally on another Sunday afternoon) and the development of a cookbook for the Muscatine Community. I pitched the project to the folks at Discover Muscatine, with proceeds going to the Salvation Army and to Pearl City Outreach. I did not find a discouraging word.

    Now is time to remind everyone of the importance and the benefits of submitting a recipe to me at [email protected].

    We would develop and print a Muscatine Cookbook. We would sell the Cookbook at a reasonable price. Anyone from the community could contribute to the Cookbook by sending their recipe to me at [email protected]. Proceeds would go to The Salvation Army and Pearl City Outreach. Everyone will get appropriate credit (no compensation, only recognition) for their submission.

    Pearl City Media’s Ashley Loveless has agreed to include me on an “Afternoon with Ashley” on Friday, June 26th, two days after this arrives in your mailbox. We hope to answer questions and discuss the benefits of the Cookbook Project. Tune in or watch the replay. Don’t forget – this doctor’s prescription is for you to send your recipe to [email protected]. I hope Mike is smiling.

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