2Jason W. Selby      2014050500846                                  1                   13611399298080214017227302552014Garden Road - May 6, 2014First of all, happy Mothers Day to all the caring women out there, especially those that dont receive the acknowledgement of family members who should tell them more often what an important, integral duty they perform to the function of society. That goes for my mother, Sherryl Selby, my mother-in-law, Barbara Pruiett, and to my wife, Jennifer.0a0aThis week, I will allude to another addition of 'The Mentor,' a magazine from 100 years ago found at a rummage sale:0a0aWe are what we are, say some, and rest with thatlike derelicts on the stream of progress. But it is not for humanity to rest in contentment. We are born to hopes and aspirations. The world moves on, and to most of us existence is a longing and life is a daily urge. About us, others are seeking, learning, and growing, and we feel the imperative call. We must keep up.First of all, happy Mothers Day to all the caring women out there, especially those that dont receive the acknowledgement of family members who should tell them more often what an important, integral duty they perform to the function of society. That goes for my mother, Sherryl Selby, my mother-in-law, Barbara Pruiett, and to my wife, Jennifer.0a0aThis week, I will allude to another addition of 'The Mentor,' a magazine from 100 years ago found at a rummage sale:0a0aWe are what we are, say some, and rest with thatlike derelicts on the stream of progress. But it is not for humanity to rest in contentment. We are born to hopes and aspirations. The world moves on, and to most of us existence is a longing and life is a daily urge. About us, others are seeking, learning, and growing, and we feel the imperative call. We must keep up.0a0aMy wife and I were browsing through old photographs my mother sorted and placed in a shoebox, and I found pictures of each first school day, from kindergarten through my senior year. It seems my awkward stage lasted for quite a while. In one photo from late in elementary school, I am wearing sunglasses and a Hawaiian shirt. I always held either a backpack or a Trapper Keeper, which I understand some schools have banned. My first day of kindergarten, I was excited to go to school. As the years went on, you can witness the gradual deterioration of this eagerness to dread. It wasnt until college that I began wanting to learn about everything again.0a0aSomewhere along the line, in my mind, knowledge became a competition, rather than cooperation.0a0aThe desire for self-improvement is the root of growth, and this desire is stirred by the accomplishment of others. We rarely improve when we have no other than ourselves to copy. In seeking knowledge we need the stimulus and the encouragement of fellowship. As we see the joy of learning in our fellows and the sense of mastery that knowledge brings them, we instinctively summon our natural resources and sound the note of advance. We must keep up.0a0aAs these words were printed, World War I was creeping along in its trenches. In college, I read poetry and novels from the aftermath. It all sounded like the same voice. In 2012, Iowa Public Television had two specials on the 100th anniversaries of two tragedies, the sinking of the Titanic, and the axe murders of nine people in one house in Villisca. Those are the subjects of our infatuation.0a0aMy wife and I frustrate ourselves sending out our work to literary magazines. Sometimes I wonder why I do it. Literary folk used to be the rock stars of their culture, at a time before 'The Mentor' was even imagined. Now, even when the most prestigious journal publishes you, it feels as though I am barely whispering. And the voices often sound similar, because the editors are used to what they want to hear.0a0aI hope its not just sour grapes to say that. Because, occasionally, there are breakthroughs. 'CALYX Journal' recently accepted a poem of Jennifers, Mourning List. It might be her biggest publication to date. That helps to encourage both of us to keep sending our work out, because when you are feeling your way in the darkness, its good to hear the sound of your own voice echoing off the walls.0a0aAs we were sitting together the other night searching through magazines to which to submit, my wife said, Im going to do artwork on the walls in Jasmines room [Jasmine is our unborn babys name].0a0aI am going to do artwork in the basement for the shadows, I answered.0a0aJennifer asked me to repeat myself. She did not believe she had heard me right, before she shook her head and rolled her eyes.0a0aIt is not the brilliant minds that invite us and give us courage. We believe the philosopher who said the industrious cultivation of moderate abilities is entitled to more esteem than a rare natural talent. It is not, then, the example of the gifted few, but the companionship of those of like abilities to our own that draws us on. We are all seekers, for we know that knowledge is gained only by seeking. Nature supplies food to the birds, but she does not put it in their nests for them.0a0aThis is an extremely American view, in some ways. We built our education system to try to hold everyone up, and its the basis for our society.0a0aIn Centerville in the early 20th century, the principal of the school district was a man named Harry Hamilton Laughlin, an inveterate racist, proposing the superiority of men of Nordic ancestry. He served as director of Americas Eugenics Record Office from 1910 to 1939, and earned an honorary degree from the University of Heidelberg in 1936, at the height of Nazi Germanys power. He advocated one world government to prevent race mixing. As Wikipedia succinctly puts it, He worked as a high school teacher and principal before his interest turned to breeding. You can learn more about him in Enfys McMurrys book 'Centerville: A Mid-American Saga.' His view was that only a few should be allowed knowledge, and that by chance, he belonged to the race of the few. He had a disease that lies dormant in all of us until awakened, when it becomes fatal.0a0aIt is not in the narrow path of the cloistered scholar that we should seek. It is in the broad and open fields of knowledge, and the spirit that prompts us in seeking should not be one of selfish pride but one of human fellowship. The mind should not be simply a private storehouse to be stuffed full of goods; it should be a living fountain, drawing constantly from the sources of knowledge and giving out freely for the benefit of others.0a0aKnowledge is like breathing. In some environments, it is impossible to expand your lungs fully without choking. So we go from one place to another trying to find the best air, and in the process learn not to inhale what suffocates us.autoauto21          850am2 1                2Jason W. Selby      2014050500850                                  1                   13621399299622213999019692552014R.J. Olmstead deals with loss by moving forward***image1***R. J. Olmstead has owned North East Auto & Cycle since 2001. His father, Robert Olmstead, helped him get the business started, before he passed away from prostate cancer.0a0aI had an injury, and Ive always been very mechanically inclined, Olmstead says. He hurt his knee on the job as a welder for John Deere. Im good at looking at a component of your car and knowing how it should be built. Im good at tearing things apart, putting things together and figuring things out.0a0aOlmsteads father was a marine during the Vietnam conflict stationed in Japan. He worked as a mechanic on aircraft like the F-4 Phantom, and saw many of the dead and wounded during his job overseas.***image1***R. J. Olmstead has owned North East Auto & Cycle since 2001. His father, Robert Olmstead, helped him get the business started, before he passed away from prostate cancer.0a0aI had an injury, and Ive always been very mechanically inclined, Olmstead says. He hurt his knee on the job as a welder for John Deere. Im good at looking at a component of your car and knowing how it should be built. Im good at tearing things apart, putting things together and figuring things out.0a0aOlmsteads father was a marine during the Vietnam conflict stationed in Japan. He worked as a mechanic on aircraft like the F-4 Phantom, and saw many of the dead and wounded during his job overseas.0a0aMost of Dads [help] was just guidance, Olmstead says. He wasnt a super strict dad, but [he taught me] a lot of good values he learned in the service, that I still carry to this day. My motto is that if you cant do a good job, dont do it.0a0aIronically, while his father helped him get his automotive shop on the northeast side of Corydon started, it was his fathers death that motivated Olmstead to put his heart into the family farm. He began row crop farming a couple of years ago.0a0aIt was a bad time to start, because were in a recession, but Im going to keep doing it, because Im not going to fail. I might not have anything when Im done, but Ill never give up.0a0aSometimes I think my farming, even though its stressful sometimes, is the way I wind down.0a0aDad was in there with me all the time [at the shop]of course he still worked for the countyhe kept me focused on what I had to do. When he passed away six years ago from cancer, I focused in a different direction. I never was really into farming. He told me how I did so well running the machinery. Now I want to farm and still do my business.0a0aI dont quit. Im not a quitter. I cant be. It just isnt in my blood. I will not fail at anything I do. Failing just means that you give up.0a0aOlmstead graduated from Wayne Community High School in 1992. He and his wife, Autumn, have two girls together, Zoe, two-and-a-half years old, and Holland, 10 months old. They also raise Autumns little brother, Aaron Casey, who is 13-years-old and a seventh grader at Wayne.0a0aJoan and Benny Davis are Olmsteads aunt and uncle. Olmstead flies airplanes out of the hangers at Davis airstrip east of Corydon. A few years ago, Olmstead restored a 1941 Taylorcraft from the ground up in nine months.0a0aMy uncle is probably the closest thing Ive got to a father figure now, Olmstead says. A lot of the skills Ive got in problem solving came from him, because that man can build anything.0a0aIf Olmstead seems attached to the many people that stand by him now, it is only because he understands the meaning of loss.0a0aIn 1998, Olmstead came home from working at John Deere, and all the lights were on. His mom would check cattle in the evenings. As he was settling down in his room for the night, his father came to the door and told him his mother was dead. The weather was rainy and the lot muddy, and Olmstead carried his mother from the cattle lot into the ambulance, but by that time there was nothing he could do. It was a freak accident while she was doing the evening chores, and then she was gone.0a0aTwo years before that, on New Years Eve in 1996, Olmstead drove by a wrecked vehicle. He spoke with the crew at the scene, who told him there had been two fatalities. Later, he would find out it was Matt Selby and Todd Davis.0a0aThat night, we were all together. [Matt] was one of my best friends. Todd Davis wanted to stay behind, but my girlfriend at the time wanted to watch the ball drop at midnight. So they stuffed everybody in the vehicle and took off. About 45 minutes later, I left, and when I came around the curve where they passed away at, I saw the pickup upside-down.0a0aIm an only child. Losing my mom and my dad and my best friends[now] everybodys my family. If I get to know you very long, I start caring about people. I really value family.0a0aMy shopI believe in doing as good as job for everyone and trying to be fair and treat people with respect.0a0aOlmstead has more time now to farm with the addition of mechanic Cory Heun. He also employs Anna McCaslen.0a0aI never knew a stranger, Olmstead says. I like to talk to people. My business has been here 13 years. Its not a super moneymaker, but it keeps my employees paid.0a0aAbout a month ago, I was actually thinking about shutting it down. But I would not shut it down because I have a customer base that depends on me. Its one of those deals where Im trying to balance business and farming. People think Im shut down. People dont even know where Im atIm kind of separated from this business, because I farm 750 acres now. [But] Ive got a good mechanic in there, Ive got a good staff.0a0aOlmstead also farms hay. He tries to keep hay prices to local farmers reasonable.0a0aIm not greedy. Im not going to punish somebody because the market