Johnny 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.)

I like a good old fashioned apple pie.


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

I’ve never ceremoniously planted a tree. One year we got a live Christmas tree and then planted it in our yard and it was ginormous.


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

I love the idea of roaming around the countryside – I think it would be great fun. Preaching would make it all the more enjoyable, but not in a Great Awakening sort of way (not that there’s anything wrong with that). I just love the Bible and love sharing its truths with people.


4. Who is a favorite “historical legend” of yours?

I don’t know if I have a favorite “historical legend” but I have a favorite historical person about whom there are many legends – Teresa of Avila.


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?

I sing all the time and often don’t realize it. I sing when my spirits are up but not to keep them up. My spirits are rarely down, but if they are, it’s usually a mani/pedi, walk in the park or a light comedy.

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