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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.
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    NEW OFFICES—Fayette village administrator Steve Blue speaks with tax administrator Genna Biddix at the new front desk of the village office. Village council members voted to use budgeted renovation funds targeted for the old office and instead buy the vacant bank building on the corner of Main and Fayette streets. The old office was sold to Sherwood State Bank. When everything is put into place in the spacious new village office, an open house will be scheduled. Council member David Wheeler donated all of his time needed to make changes in the bank interior to fit the Village’s needs.

2013.02.06 Parting ways with a mirror

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

I've spent some time today staring into the mirror. Anyone familiar with my appearance knows this doesn't happen all that often. After a shave and a quick brushing of the hair, I'm out the door.

Actually, I have shaven in the dark a couple of times just to see what it would be like if I lost my sight. No blood. I brush my hair in semi-darkness most every Wednesday morning before taking the papers to the post office. No reason to turn on the bathroom light for five seconds. Only the postmaster knows how this works out.

But I was looking into the mirror this morning knowing that what I was seeing isn't what other people see. I learned that Friday night while listening to the National Public Radio program called Radiolab.

Radiolab, with Robert Krulwich and Jad Abumrad, is described as a show about curiosity, "where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy and human experience." Curiosity, indeed, and I'm always impressed by what they come up.

Unfortunately, I must not be impressed all that often because I generally forget to tune in. While setting the radio alarm for my wife Friday night, there it was and they were part way through a show they called "Desperately Seeking Symmetry."

The episode started off with Plato's myth from 2,400 years ago, as told by Aristophanes, about the creation of humans. Of course you remember, as any well educated person does. Well, maybe I wasn't listening that day, or perhaps I was never exposed to that tale.

The story says that way back when, people weren't born separately from each other. They were entwined and coupled, and they rolled around with their multiple arms and legs. The beings developed courage that changed to pride that became arrogance. They decided to challenge the gods until Zeus hurled lightning bolts and split everyone in half.

People had been warm and tight and wedged together, and now they were detached, alone and depressed. The gods were worried they might not survive, so changes were made. The head was made to face forward. The skin was tightened and knotted at the bellybutton. And we were left with a memory of the past and a longing to find the original half of ourselves that made us whole.

People come together to form a couple and sometimes they can't explain the attraction. They just know they've found their other half.

The program goes on to talk about a researcher at Princeton who studied brain scans looking for symmetry to see if a "brain double" turned out to be someone just like herself. She found a person whose scan matched hers to a remarkable degree. It didn't matter one bit. They were nothing alike other than their first name.

Next the show went molecular. Take an inanimate object like a chunk of concrete. Half the molecules point to the right and half to the left. But living things—dogs, trees, you and me—always have molecules that point only to the left.

And then there's the mirror and the mirror image.

Someone named John talked about how he was teased and bullied as a kid, but everything changed when he began parting his hair on the left side rather than the right. He always saw the part on the left when he looked in the mirror and he thought he looked fine. He made the change to the left and thought it looked odd, but the people who used to beat him up suddenly acknowledged him and accepted him.

There's a photo on the Radiolab website showing Abe Lincoln as he appeared to the world and another showing how he saw himself. Hmmm, is this mirror-image stuff all gibberish or is there something to it? A researcher in Australia points out that if you look very closely at a smile, there's a little bit more on the left than on the right, so the image does change in the mirror in more ways than a hair part.

The program ended with talk about the odd proton that allows us to be what we are, and of course they tied all these parts together into one coherent and interesting show.

I tried a right part this morning and then a left part. There's a difference, but they both looked strange because I've been center-parted since way back before Zeus split me in two.

At my age, I'm just lucky to have hair to part.

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