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Friday, September 26, 2008

It's a Johhny Appleseed Friday Five


Raise your hand if you know that today is Johnny Appleseed Day!

September 26, 1774 was his birthday. "Johnny Appleseed" (John Chapman) is one of America's great legends. He was a nurseryman who started out planting trees in western New York and Pennsylvania, but he was among those who were captivated by the movement west across the continent.

As Johnny traveled west (at that time, the "West" was places like Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois) he planted apple trees and sold trees to settlers. With every apple tree that was planted, the legend grew. A devout Christian, he was known to preach during his travels. According to legend, Johny Appleseed led a simple life and wanted little. He rarely accepted money and often donated any money he received to churches or charities. He planted hundreds of orchards, considering it his service to humankind. There is some link between Johny Appleseed and very early Arbor Day celebrations.

So, in honor of this interesting fellow, let's get on with the questions!

1. What is your favorite apple dish? (BIG BONUS points if you share the recipe.)

2. Have you ever planted a tree? If so was there a special reason or occasion you can tell us about?

3. Does the idea of roaming around the countryside (preaching or otherwise) appeal to you? Why or why not?

4. Who is a favorite "historical legend" of yours?

5. Johnny Appleseed was said to sing to keep up his spirits as he traveled the roads of the west. Do you have a song that comes when you are trying to be cheerful, or is there something else that you often do?

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53 comments:

  1. Okay, I ate an apple and I posted here.

    And now I am going to bed and I'll be back in the morning with a cup of coffee to read what others have to say.

    HAPPY JOHNNY APPLESEED DAY!

    Yawn...

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  2. I'm obnoxiously singing "Val-dera-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!"here

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  3. Question: What do you do when you wake up after 3 hours of sleep and feel like you have slept for 8 hours?

    Answer: "Play Friday Five

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  4. :-) ps...

    I played too, but it is really morning here!

    apples and other stuff!

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  5. Does anyone remember the Johnny Appleseed Song? We used to sing it for grace in elemetary school. See it on the video here.

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  6. ONE cobbler recipe and a Wall Street banker... here

    :)
    Deb

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  7. Hereare my thoughts on apples writing on my MAC by Apple!

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  8. I played here
    Nice to do on a rainy morning!

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  9. Thanks for a great Friday Five, Singing Owl. I played over at my place.

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  10. I played here . See some great apple art, and find out my favorite apple variety!

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  11. I love it when you encourage people to share recipes!

    My best apple pie recipe is here.

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  12. Whew! Ya'll are early birds today.
    Regardless, I played and posted my favorite recipe here.

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  13. Good morning everyone. I got nostalgic about all the trees in my life before I went off to bed

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  14. I played....and put in a plug for our local Johnny Appleseed Festival. Wife, Mother, Pastor is my spot.

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  15. a fun and tasty friday five! thanks singing owl!

    i gotta run but i can't wait to come back and find some new recipes to try out!

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  16. Oh, it's apple picking time--I wish I were in Vermont. But I played here

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  17. Actually Songbird played there (oops--I linked to her and when I pasted, that's what came up) but I really played here!

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  18. What a fun Friday Five, Singing Owl! Thanks!

    I played here!

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  19. Great one, Singing Owl! I planted some seeds here.

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  20. Oh, the Lord is good to me...

    Me, Billy Joe Armstrong & Saint Jimmy played over at my place.

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  21. The smell of apples is now wafting through my brain...thanks for the fun!

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  22. Well, the font is a little goofy (good old Blogger), but nevertheless I played here.

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  23. My answers are up. I'm hungry for apple crisp now. ;-)

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  24. Thanks Singing Owl for another great Friday Five! Though I have no recipes of my own to share, I have thoroughly enjoyed everyone else’s!

    I blogged about honey crisp apples, a weeping willow tree, Harriet Tubman and a lovely Lennon/McCartney song here.

    Crunch, sleep and be well my friends!

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  25. It is Saturday morning. I played for a little sermon writing warm up.

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  26. Got back to the hotel too late to play yesterday. BUt I did this morning. Apples anyone?

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  27. How about Friday Five on Sunday, after all you know what they say; an apple a day ...

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  28. I played even later at signs-along-the-way.

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  29. :-) ps...

    I played too, but it is really morning here!

    apples and other stuff!

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