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June 2, 2022 3:05 am
On this episode of Our American Stories, Paul Kotz gives a touching tribute to his father by reflecting on a time when Paul needed a great deal of encouragement and his father turned to an American novelist to cheer him up. Danielle Mickelson tells us how her business 'Mickelson Tiny Plants' was expanding and bringing fresh homemade food to the people of Rolla, North Dakota...but then the state health department had other ideas. Chris Siriano tells this curious story about Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin being placed in a glass coffin.
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00:00 - Inspiration from my Dad and American author Jack Kerouac
12:30 - Danielle Mickelson Had to Sue Just to Sell Soup
37:00 - The Man In The Glass Coffin
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At the time I did not know who Kerouac was. I had to look him up because it was a comment that came from my dad and I wanted to know the significance of this pronouncement Kerouac as mentioned before is recognized for his style of spontaneous prose like all of us had his fans and detractors appealed to the beat generation. My dad said I was kind of worried because at the time I was stuck in my writing and did not think I would ever finish.
Some believe that at times that Kerouac's writing style did not produce livelier energetic prose.
The famous Truman Capote said of it that's not writing, it's typing it. According to Carolyn Cassidy and others.
He constantly rewrote and revised his work at the time of my father's comments I was encouraged because as I learned more about Kerouac. He had an attraction to the writing of Joyce.
This is often overlooked by scholars of prose. Kerouac alludes to his Joyce's work more than any other author. Also, Kerouac had high esteem for Joyce and he often used his stream of consciousness technique appreciated. Experimenting with this language to but in this case, my discussions with my dad. I was trying to finish this dissertation were stream of consciousness wasn't highly valued but the ability to make statements supported by very literature clear methodology in your work is quintessential style of its own.
I was grateful for this time and advice with my dad connected with this idea was this elimination of the. Substituting instead along connecting – as such, the phrases occurring between dashes might resemble improvisational jazz licks and when spoken the words take on a certain musical rhythm and tempo well in writing this I returned back to reflection of the influence my dad's comments had on me. My dad wasn't very generous in praise, but he was there in the background and could be a presence when I need that extra push in the moment was right was my writing like improvisational jazz licks. Did they have a musical rhythm and tempo. Like many thought of Kerouac that may not of been the one to go to all your games are events, see when you did something well or frequently comment on it when he did, it made an impact.
I am indebted for this.
He passed away in April 2000 and I still miss him. The words my dad had for me had an influence at the time I had to delve into Kerouac to bring to life. My dad's comments which seem incomplete and asking for and tapping when he fully meant I may never know the true extent and a great job on the production is always by Robbie Davis and a special thanks to Paul Cox and by the way we love doing listener story send them to our American stories.com and you may just hear your story on our airwaves and on our podcasts. My goodness, it shows once again we talk about a time and again the importance of fathers and sons and daughters lives just this little discussion about a dissertation and spontaneity, but right now, many people think of term papers and dissertations as spaces for spontaneity with the dad suggestion. The dads prodding his son forward and along his own path. Paul Cox's story and tribute to his father and one of his favorite American authors dear on our American story. We have been here, the host of our American stories every day on the show were bringing inspiring stories from across this great country boys are big cities and small towns, but we truly can't do the show without you are stories are free to listen to what they're not free to make if you love what you hear but our American stories.com and click the donate button a little of a lot about our American stories.com.
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I went to university English teacher, which I immediately started doing graduated in 1990 so I was an English teacher for 22 years.
The entire time I was doing raising my kids. I always gardening my grandmother was a gardener. My mom and dad were gardeners just seemed like you know you had to have a garden produce your own food you have to save it for the winter. You have to course cook meals so we were always food producers producers just for our family. 2014 teaching gardening. My 14 and 12 wanted to make a little money to their grandparents who live in Las Vegas in the wintertime I told them they could sell all of our extra vegetables that we set up a card table and bolts from my kitchen and saw green beans and potatoes and they made $72 and they were beyond excited right over the course of the next few years, we grew our tables grew started handing everything from pickles to salt jams and jellies and became an intense passion all my heart needed to be in the classroom anymore and that was the last time that I would leave my garden at the end of honest next August. I would be there with no longer be teaching my world has changed and I need Danielle would mean Michaelson tiny plants.
So Michaelson tiny plants because kids were really little.
They were tiny tiny humans and even bigger, they were still little little people and we always referred to tiny pants come here tiny pants and like every time that when I start my tiny plants growing in the spring. It's like growing your children. There's this means coming out of the ground and it's ground that belongs to me and is nurtured by me and watch them watch the plants grow and produce food and remember one of the years at first years I was teaching had been reading an article about food security and how people often don't have security in your life standing in my garden and he realized that I was wise my food security, and I could help making food security for my community which is important to providing a service. Nobody else does in her city and giving people options such as healthy food very long distance from where the majority grocery store.
The average time from when a vegetable tell it gets to Raleigh. Dakota is between 10 and 14 days. If you take a look at the minute you pick up fresh vegetable it starts to lose nutrients thinking about you know that lots of nutrients. By the time he gets to the grocery store could provide to our community that had been picked literally the day before you practice that we believe in no waste and we just decided to start using our what we were waiting for products little bit longer shelf life. So the overage goes into jars and we just started putting a few out on the table with our vegetables and realize that we had a following were coming back for more. 1950 jars last year until pickles and from there we started looking at what you could probably North Dakota. One thing was sourdough bread. No way to get fresh sourdough bread.
We don't even have a bakery in Rolla. We do tomato juice with spicy tomato juice and so we use our peppers and onions and jalapenos and tomatoes and make coldpressed juice that we can one day food freedom bill was passed that allowed us to start processing food into other things, otherwise known as team 33 the cottage act was passed by elected officials in the North Dakota Houston seven open the door for Daniel's business to expand even more. You see, before the bill passed.
Things like pizza and French onion soup could only be sold out of somewhere with a commercial pitch. Now Danielle and others consult their own kitchens directly to their customers right over to your neighbor and give them to enjoy in your neighbor said can you make me for my family and you could point out that you can but you couldn't which seems strange to me that cottage food law actually freed. The transaction is person-to-person. As long as the producer of the food is food to the consumer and the consumer can question product and decided they trust you inherently.
That's what outright friendships and trust that you can sell really made a huge difference for people who wanted to try starting a small business now and then putting in $100,000 commercial kitchen because you think you might be good at something is a little scary.
You can actually do a test market test market. Now you can try selling things. I know that some people are going about my dill pickles. My family loves him does not mean that everyone who tries and actually will come back to buy more. We didn't know, and so is our business grew. That was a big deal which allowed for people to start to expand business grew, so I quit teaching in June 2017 and the cottage. In 2017 so it was excitement that you know when I quit teaching, small food producer. This was like another door opened in front of me. I could just envision where my business could go.
It was just that it was a reason reinforcing my decision to be a small food producer and businesswoman, it was like the stars align right.
I quit teaching I put all my energy into this magical door opened all my creativity and all my planning and thoughts to grow my business literally straightforward, at least that's what Daniel would happen with the new law in place. He didn't expect the face of lawlessness from her own government and Danielle Michaelson told the story of her own freedom to pursue her passion turned out that passion was in the garden when we come back more of the story well North Dakota Daniel Michaelson story freedom story on our store millions will make Medicare coverage decisions for next year and United healthcare can help you feel confident about your choices for those eligible Medicare annual enrollment runs from October 15 through December 7. If you're working past age 65. You might be able to delay Medicare enrollment. Depending on your employer coverage. It can seem confusing, but it doesn't have to be firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more United healthcare helping people live healthier lives. I know everything there is to know about running a coffee shop for small business insurance. I need my State Farm agent make sure my business days equal and competent business owners to help you best. State Farm is in your corner and on like a good neighbor. There call your local State Farm agent for quote today doing household chores can Artie be time-consuming and tedious. There's nothing more daunting than facing piles and piles of laundry that need to be done can be overwhelming for anyone. If you want to get those larger laundry loads done right and get back to your life.
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Everything seemed to be going well. Daniel Michaelson North Dakota Department of Health. Other ideas and try to get rid of the cottage food laws which allow Daniel to sell food she otherwise could not even sure how this could possibly be happening that department decided that they were worried about the safety even though there was no foodborne illness in farmers market produce cottage foods produced foods since the passing of the law and try to changed and they failed because the North Dakota legislature used to make the changes to the law with the help wanted, but after this the health department anyways which is a violation of the rule of law because administrative bodies pass laws on their own. They can only carry out laws, but the legislature passed to stop selling my soup. I suddenly had to put all of my ideas on hold and I was just shocked. I was shocked that this is where we got because I was elated with what could come and then it was just stopped dead over fear for food safety and the one thing I stressed over and over again is when you buy a jar of salsa for me you by court of soup from me. Actually take what I feed my family from the exact same supply and I'm going to be above and beyond careful about what I am providing two people for sale because the exact same food. I'm feeding my family food producers feel. Also, business model is unique. One person thinking your business is done so small business can't ride out E. coli outbreak on romaine across the nation. Business has to be on top of their game and specific in particular and perfect at all times. We were surprised when these rules came out because we felt like we were.
We were the best of the best right and suddenly were the ones that are suffering under the administrative rules. It almost makes you feel like you're not intelligent enough to know better. My tumors were just heartbroken that they couldn't get the soup that they had learned to depend on funny because all the people that live in my community are they all have the ability to cook and cook well takes a very long time to caramelize all those onions and you know I could make this myself but I'd much rather you did it because yours is so good I don't have to do all the work they come to market and they want to buy soup and I have to say I'm sorry but the health department made rules and I can't tell you soup anymore. If you are, you know English teacher from the town of 1400. You know what you can do no quote. I didn't have the resources to hire an attorney to fight sure what the fight would be and for the most part you know where just following lighting he people and we don't get put in places where was fighting against administrative rules everything before I'll probably when I was in high school but never thought about it school even know what to do and not a business statement and in my and my hopes and dreams for second just went back to work. I guess we'll just sell fresh vegetables and the things that we can bacon and give up soup and that's just how go sort of resigned yourself and terrible thing to say about what happened to me.
Thankfully she would be approached by the Institute for Justice public interest law firm that stands up for Americans when the rights are violated at no cost to people like Danielle so thankful for the Institute for justice because I didn't even know we could find it and suddenly they show your knight in shining armor and there like we can help. You gotta be kidding me right now.
We can help you. You just have to be willing to stand up and be the plaintiff in the case and here we go explained to me that it was unconstitutional what they did unilaterally with the administrative rules circumvent what the entire house and Senate know they had spoken were not changing the law.
They circumvented when they had already voted it down. There was also a second violation of the rule of law, the North Dakota Constitution states that people have to be treated equally under the law, but the rules created by the health department didn't do that. You see, the regulations allow farmers to sell uninspected raw poultry banning a home-cooked like Danielle from selling chicken noodle soup that makes no sense.
It's completely arbitrary and thankfully the court sought that way to Daniel's favor when your case and it was over all my brain just spun thinking about all of the way open this door for me again and it was time to not worry about being stopped and just forward and we have new goals now and the girls are super funny super interesting are super ironic however you want to see but our next goal is to build a large-scale indoor market will actually have a commercial kitchen and commercial kitchens will allow us to ship so even now. My flight was for cottage, which means I can cook it in my kitchen. My long-term goal gets me a commercial kitchen, then I'm on the other side cost over, but the reality without the cottage, food, ability, I would have never been able to build my business that started in 2014 to a place where I'm ready to build a facility and have a commercial kitchen so maybe one more year we will be looking at building a new facility right on Main Street watch now. This business is going to grow like crazy and great job as always to Monty Montgomery and a special thanks to the folks at the Institute for Justice represented Michelson represented her freedom to sell food on an equal playing field and also for the people of North Dakota allowed them to this kind of food and not have it blocked by people who weren't represented in the state legislature. These rules were passed and promulgated by people with the Department of Health Department of Health doesn't have the right, North Dakota do such things. What was fascinating was listening to Daniel's sheer frustration is that I know what to do.
I didn't even know what the fight was with what you could do about the Institute for Justice and wilted what they do is represent mostly small businesses. Rule of law and property rights story of general Michelson. The story of Michelson tiny plant and about so much more particularly, the rule of law on our Medicare coverage decisions for next year and UnitedHealth care can help you feel confident about your choices for those eligible Medicare annual enrollment runs from October 15 through December 7. If you're working past age 65. You might be able to delay Medicare enrollment. Depending on your employer coverage.
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Montgomery, the story of a robbery glass coffin and the local legend of the year is 1927 Place Benton Harbor, Michigan, home of the house of David religious colony, led by Benjamin Purnell who preach that if you follow his message and gave all your worldly possessions him you would never die. Unfortunately for Ben, though he contracted tuberculosis, which he died from Chris Soriano with what happened next teaches that he was to die so God and that's pandemonium is mass chaos at the house of David. So Benjamin wrapped in damp, warm towels for eight days. Thinking that he was going arising finally. Tony said listen, it's been eight days. The guy working. But luckily for the house of David. They had the Soviets for inspiration during that process of having him wrap like that they found out process that linen in Russia had been used to involvement put his product with body in a medically sealed glass coffin.
That's what they did there then Purnell set for the next 60 some years in his hermetically sealed glass coffin is massive mentioned the kid around him is the house of David. When will the numbers due to the belief in celibacy, but in 1988 twice the house of David diamond house got broken but the first time they ran quickly. The second time was his kids. These four periods have studied the movement of the positive people they had all in the woods.
There were locals they were in the backyard basically figured out with the house of David people back-and-forth around. They came back on a particular day that they knew was some days they cut a hole in the roof of the house really drop down and they spent the entire day stealing. So vases earn statues. Oil paintings from all over the world. Things came from the richest of the rich people is doing those things disappear.
Well, one of the worst things that happened was they were satisfied with just items that were in the rest of the mansion. They want to see Ben because he's that's a big big big part of our local history is in his body being in their and they found out that he was in his parlor. There's a stone wall that separates the catwalk from the diamond house and ask him to his area and it's got us big steel bank vault door on is no way to get through that door and the wire electric wires like shock wires from the door. So even if you touch the door departed to go to heaven or somewhere right so they went back was a contractor back to his house, got a big ramming bar in the land whole stone wall. They made it big before they could pull the rest of the rock so they could get the bodies through the hole in the got to his parlor where his tomb is that I those people. They told me personal.
We got there it was like a pharaohs. So around glass sealed coffin which is piles and piles of learning diamonds and rubies and necklaces and faces. It was like what happened to the stuff when people came the beautiful thing with the couldn't have. They didn't know they just had to give away 12. We were saved. Majority of safe so he was very, very like like a feral so they took some things off of that. But the sad thing was is been 22 current diamond ring on his finger in a big huge diamond and Ruby filled white gold custom-made necklace you they wanted those things bad and they took the prybar ramming bar and provide this glass dome is coffin which is hermetically sealed can't be sealed so they broke the ring off of his finger focus finger. In the meantime and ripped the medallion office. The 22 current diamond on his finger was one of the biggest world time so they got away got away with that bracket that it was advertised all over everywhere all over the country was a big deal. Finally, I interviewed the state police officer at my museum.
One day he said Chris the one made the rest of us talking about and he said we had we had pictures house, David had people have pictures of all these things that were the diamond house and they said work be my partner driving through Heights which is part of God's in this area and we look over it in front of this trailer. Is this little nickel plated parlor stove with flowers right so they walked up to the door, knocked on the door and a lady answered still have you tell us when we can get something like that and she said will my fax gave it to me for some gift, but he doesn't live. Here's his name and phone number. He gets busted loose lips. They all live right so come to find out both the people that did the job stealing and the police officer told me that what happened was because it was such a massive amount of things because it was so written about in the media so everything so they took everything and divided equally amongst them and then they would take one hit it in the upstairs of the other guy storage area basement. The lady Clawson lady underneath wrap around old sold anything that so they got all that stuff back, except the 22 current diamond ring with McCoy brothers appraised it like to half million dollars and the giant value, which was appraised that over half $1 million.
They found out that those kids took those south side of Chicago and sold them to their swap guy 12,000 he back then you didn't have the drivers license you have to ask questions.
So he had taken the diamond out and sold it to a Diamond Buying Pl., London like 60,000. Supposedly they chopped it up and sold it off differently so it would be detected but that that's all gone now. The scariest thing was the girl that told me the story. She came in twice two days in row spent hours without saying one word finally went up to her mom and I were there really fascinated by the story. Tell me why she said you want to know and she said, one all my stuff is right here she was capable of this place so she went on to tell me the whole story.
All the details so mammoth killed in. She said you know what I would do it fast hi I can't get enough security system at this point and it's a big country. My mom used to always tell me as a kid explaining the unexplainable. To me on the phone weird, my goodness.
This is both fun and weird and I goodness a guided basically into himself and surround himself with jewelry.
I always think of the great poem by showing us this is hard as these guys, and this one for the cult leader tried to talk about his eternal life and everyone else as well.
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