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Mike Volpe

Delaware Town, Mo

DELAWARE TOWN –  fifteen miles southwest of Springfield, Missouri.

The Lenape-Delaware Presence in Southwest Missouri ca.1820-ca.1830.

From 1820 to 1830, when the first white settlers came into the region that now comprises Christian County, the only settlement of any consequence in the entire area that is now southwest Missouri was Delaware Town. 
It consisted of the James Fork Trading Post (named so because it was situated on the James Fork of the White River), several homes, a warehouse, a building where cheese was made (all these structures were made of logs), several hen houses and corn cribs, the many lodges of the Delaware Indians who resided in the village of the principal chief of the tribe, Captain William Anderson, and a large horse-racing track where the Delawares raced their mounts and wagered on the outcome.

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Wilson’s Creek Battlefield

The Battle of Wilson’s Creek (called Oak Hills by the Southerners) was fought ten miles southwest of Springfield, Missouri on August 10, 1861. Named for the stream that crosses the area where the battle took place, it was a bitter struggle between Union and Southern forces for control of Missouri in the first year of the Civil War.

Border State Politics

When the Civil War began in 1861, Missouri’s allegiance was of vital concern to the federal government. The state’s strategic position on the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers and its abundant manpower and natural resources made it imperative that she remain loyal to the Union. Most Missourians desired neutrality, but many, including the governor, Claiborne Fox Jackson, held strong Southern sympathies and planned to cooperate with the Confederacy in its bid for independence.

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Joplin, Mo

Joplin is a city in southern Jasper County and northern Newton County in the southwestern corner of the US state of Missouri. 

Although often believed to have been named for the ragtime composer Scott Joplin, who lived in Sedalia, Missouri, Joplin is named for Reverend Harris Joplin, an early settler and the founder of the area’s first Methodist congregation.

 Joplin was established in 1873 and expanded significantly from the wealth created by the mining of zinc; its growth faltered after World War II when the price of the mineral collapsed. 

The city gained travelers as Route 66 passed through it; “Joplin, Missouri” is among the lyrics to Bobby Troup’s legendary song, immortalizing the city among others on the famous highway.

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 Ignoring the service of Delaware and Shawnee to the Union, the Kansas legislature in 1863 called for the removal of all Indians from Kansas.
  On July 4th, 1866 the Delaware signed their final treaty with the United States which allowed the Secretary of the Interior to sell their remaining Kansas lands to the Missouri River Railroad Company.
  Individual Delaware, if they wished, could keep their 80 acre allotments and become American citizens, but in a situation reminiscent of the burnings in the Wyoming Valley in 1763, the Delaware Council House mysteriously burned afterwards. Most Delaware took the “hint,” and of the 1,160 Delaware in Kansas, 985 of them decided to move to Oklahoma.

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A vision can revolutionize, build, and at times, even motivate. However, sometimes we may feel very secure in our comfort zone. We close ourselves off to new ideas and stubbornly bask in the familiar glow of monotony. Our reality could use some spice but we believe it is just fine the way it is. It becomes easy to stay in a familiar zone while waiting to receive a vision. This waiting is futile. You do not have to wait until you receive a vision. A vision can be created at any time and can be changed if you so desire, but never live a day longer without a vision of your own.

A wise person once said, “We see what we want to see, unless we make a conscious effort to see what is really there.” This is true, in fact, at times the blueprint to our own vision is laid before us and we don’t even recognize it. It is always our personal choice as to how we want to see the world. If we chose to see setbacks than we’ll become enslaved by setbacks. If we choose to see opportunities, than our opportunities will multiply.

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There are two types of persona found within the world. The first is comprised of people who need to make a positive difference because they value contribution and derive satisfaction from meaningful work. The second is made up of people who feel validated by tangible benefits, for example, winning should be rewarded.

​While these two types exist, it is a myth that each one of us has a fixed, self limiting personality. Personality, as a concept, is merely an illusion for it can be changed at will.

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Being Creative

Creativity is our very own spice of life. We are all creative and are born with a creative drive. It is our choice whether to explore that creativity and discover where it might lead or to allow it to remain dormant inside our minds. If we chose the first, we find that we can create our own plans and life will in turn respond. Thus, to become involved with life, at its very essence, you soon find that your life becomes the subject matter of the creative process.

In the words of photography master Wynn Bullock, “The urge to create, the urge to photograph, comes in part from a deep desire to live with more integrity, to live in peace with the world and possibly to help others to do the same.” Each one of us has the ability to do particular tasks, usually quite well. We have gifts, talents, and we immerse ourselves in activities we love to do. It is our job, as humankind to recognize these simple hobbies and allow them to grow into something more.​

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Motivation is an emotion that allows you to have the ability to get yourself to take action regardless of whether you feel like it or not. One of the main reasons people fail to achieve their goals is because of inaction. It is easy to say or think about what you are going to do but actually doing what you say you will do takes commitment. It is not that people have a hard time taking action once. Anyone can motivate themselves to get to the gym to workout one time. It is being able to consistently take action that is a challenge for most people.

I find I have to keep motivating myself to keep pushing to the limit. As I walk along, my thoughts tend to meander back to Joplin. When I arrived there was a group of kids, both young and older, from Oklahoma. A few days after their group departed Joplin, a few of the kids returned with a friend to continue volunteering for 2 more weeks. That was very inspiring to me, that young kids could be so motivated to make a difference.

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Today’s Life

Today’s life is hectic, fast paced and at times, even impersonal. When the cashier at the coffee shop asks how you are doing, your typical response is “good and you?” Does the cashier care about how you feel? Do you care about how the cashier is feeling? We pitter patter about like cordial robots, doing day to day things to support ourselves and our families, rarely stopping to do something out of the ordinary.​

The priorities of life get pushed aside by worldly demands. These priorities are ones such as dreaming, learning, and growing. The simple joy of wonderment seems out of reach each day. We often are overwhelmed with the many roles we play throughout the day. We’re mothers and fathers, bosses and line staff, friends and siblings, neighbors and community leaders. We’re so busy with the daily grind that we lose eight of the purpose of life.

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Purpose of Life

At the end of our lives there are only two things that will matter: the actions we took while alive and the difference that we made in the world. During our lifetime we are obsessed and fascinated without thoughts, dreams, and aspirations. Sometimes we even spend our whole life dreaming without acting upon these powerful ambitions. For in the end, the only thing that will matter is the dreams where were accomplished, not the dreams which were thought about.

​During life, we are offended and we offend other people. We want to prove we are right and that others are wrong. We sometimes hurt others and we have most certainly been hurt as well. Many of us keep pretending that our existence is a never ending game. Especially when we are younger, we don’t consider the fact that life will come to an end. We believe we have ample time and ample chances to become the person we hope to be.

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