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+ Downtown Kyle gets a facelift. - Page 1D April 20, 2016 Page 1C BY MOSES LEOS III Having lived a life that spanned 103 years, Cecil M. Clark experienced events ranging from the Great Depression, to the moon landing and cell phone technology. But for Clark's son and daughter, Cecil A. Clark and Bobbie Clark Kasper, memories of their iconic father, who passed away Friday, extend to his always- friendly disposition. "He never met a strang- er," Kasper said. "He could talk to anyone and he was friends with everyone. He never had a bad word to say." Clark, according to a 2012 AU Around Hays article, grew up on a farm in Goforth and lived in Central Texas his whole life. During/he 1940s, Clark worked as a firefighter at Camp Swift in Bastrop. Following the end of Wodd War II, Clark and his wife, Wayne, opened Clark's Market and Grocery on Main Street and oper- ated the business over the course of 23 years. Itwas during that time- frame when Clark became one of the first members of the BudaVolunteer Fire Department. Afterward, Clark worked at what was Buda Grocery for another 22 years. Kasper, who recalled working at the Clark's Market on a daily basis, loved said her father was one to help, even if some customers He really theirCuldn't paYbills. did. And "If anyone needed any help with he helped anything, he was ready to a lot of he]p them," Kasper said. But she also re- membered -Cecil A. Clark, her father's son of Cecil M. Clark ability to be a great com- municator. She said he often talked with a group of men who conversed on the front porch of Clark's grocery. "He liked people and talking to them and being , around them," Kasper said. In 1972, Clark entered a new venture when he be- came caretaker of the Live Oak Cemetery. He held Cecil (right) and his wife Wayne years on Buda's Main Street. the position of caretaker until 2015, and remained president of the cemetery association until his death. According to family, Clark was asked to work there, and did so without hesitation. "That was his nature." Kasper said. "He loved to work." Deer hunting was one of Clark's lifelong passions. His son, Cecil, said his Clark pose near the front of Clark's Grocery and Market, that they owned and operated for 20 father killed "two bucks nearly every year." His first kill was made on the Fox Ranch in Johnson City manyyears ago, Cecil said. The trophy remains hung on the wall of Clark's home. "Most of the time he killed one on the first day," he said. Clark hunted at several locations during his life, with the latest being the McCoy Ranch in Kyle. He also held a fondness of drMng well into his later years, along with the domino game "42." His enjoyment of Whataburger was also an important factor. Several of Clark's birthday celebrations were held at the Buda location. On Oct. 24, 2012, the Hays County Commission- ers Court celebrated Clark's 100th birthday by pro- claiming "Cecil Clark Day." He also gained recognition from the state of Texas and President Barack Obama. His son Cecil said Clark was the "best man in town." "He loved people. He really did. And he helped a lot of people," Cecil said. Clark is survived by eight grandchildren, 23 great- grandchildren and 20 great-great grandchildren. Recently while do- ing some research for our new medicinal / healing gar- den, my wife shared an article with me on the Moringa tree, and the more I read, the more fascinated I became. First of all, the Mo- ringa, also known as the 'Drumstick Tree,' is nearly entirely edible. It can grow with little wa- ter, has multiple times the amount of nutri- ents as oranges, carrots and milk, and grows very well in regions of malnutrition. Could this impressive tree, Morin- ga oleifra, solve the world's food crisis? Many are convinced it will. The Moringa is a distant relative of cab- bage and papaya. Its roots taste so much like its cousin horseradish, that sometimes people called it the horseradish tree. The fruit, a popular Indian vegetable, looks like a cross between an okra and a pole bean, and has the flavor of asparagus. The tree's cooked flowers mimic mushrooms in taste, while the leaves hint at spinach and lettuce. Its immature seeds are used like peas, and if you fry them when mature, they resemble peanuts. In fact, it's hard to find a part of the Moringa tree that isn't edible. Even the bark is some- times taken internally for diarrhea. Locals consider it a living, phar- macy. #IS About Thyme by David K. Sargert The Moringa has proven to be a multi- purpose arsenal that dispenses some of the best secrets nature has to offer. For centuries it has been used in an- cient Indian ~yurvedic' herbalism to treat a host of ailments such as anemia, bronchitis, tumors, scurvy, and skin infections. Drought hardy and disease re- sistant, the Moringa Tree is a godsend during the dry sea- son, when little food is avail- able. The leaves offer a spectrum of nutrition, rich in vitamins A, B, and C, as well as protein, calcium, and iron. They are so nutri- tious, in fact, that they contain more vitamin a than carrots, more vitamin C than oranges, more calcium than milk, more iron than spinach, more potassium than bananas, and more pro- tein than either milk or eggs! A traditional item in pickles and curries, the raw leaves are also perfect for salads. Like the leaves, the flowers too are edible when cooked, packed with calcium and potas- sium. As a bonus, they are incredibly fragrant, and help support native bee populations. IT'S ABOUT THYME, 6C BY PAIGE LAMBERT "elissa Rodriguez and her brother .met after years of hurt and frustration caused by his drug addiction. As they talked, he explained his addictions stemmed from concealing the abuse he received as a child. "We never talked about it as a family," Rodriguez said. 'Tknd when he went to treatment, he said every single person had childhood trauma, every single one." Rodriguez, director of community partnerships for the Hays Caldwell Women's Center (HCWC), said one of the biggest issues with child abuse is the victim or family won't talk about it. "It is not uncommon for them to keep a secret and not go to morn or dad immediately," Rodriguez said. "Even to parents that say if anyone ever does anything you need to tell me." She said feelings of shame or embarrassment keep the child from going to the parents because they typically know the abuser. According to a Children's Bureau 2014 Child Maltreatment report, 93.2 percent of abusers had some form of a relationship with the child - whether as parent, teacher, friend of family or other instances. Familial abusers are more likely because the family doesn't want to confront the issue or the victim doesn't want to cause trouble, Rodriguez said. "Most people want to be good parents ... If you have a little bit of education and support, you can be." Julie Ramsay New, Greater San Marcos Youth Council director "We are sending them tend to be the least this message that it's likely to take the child to okay. And why? Because therapy, follow up and they are family," she said. especially be supportive '~ald we are sending a through the criminal message to the victim justice process, she said. that they don't matter as '7tll those things much." compound in a child and The children at risk can make their efforts at for prolonged trauma, healing more difficult," even into adulthood, are Rodriguez said. "They those whose parents are tend to take back their unsupportive or don't allegation because they believe them, Rodriguez don't have the support of said. a mom." Unbelieving parents Rodriguez said her own mother didn't want to talk about her brother's abuse for fear that bringing it up would cause him more pain. Julie Ramsay New, Greater San Marcos Youth Council director, said most parents want to help their children, but don't know how. The council offers parental counseling for those whose kids may be abused, or use the council's service, New said. "Most people want to be good parents," New said. "If you have a little bit of education and support, you can be." Rodriguez said the best thing a family member can do is be part of a child's support network. Many of the therapies and recovery processes at HCWC include the parents and focus on how to move forward as a unit. "The truth is when trauma happens to your child it happens to your family unit," Rodriquez said. "This changes not just their life but it changed yours too and you need to process that." She said many times, an adult's history of abuse will come out while attending therapy for their own child. Keeping the abuse hidden has shown to create patterns of abuse in the person's life, whether it is with drugs, alcohol or sexual abuse, Rodriguez said. "I know what keeping it a secret does, I know the dangers that are involved with that," Rodriguez said. "I also know there is power in healing and recovery." [ii il I