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From: Aroideae at aol.com on 1999.12.11 at 23:20:59(3922)
My IAS newsletter finally arrived in last evening's mail and i can now see
why everyone was so excited. Congratulations Neil, and to all the
contibutors!! It's obvious that a lot of good and thoughtful work went into
this issue. I was really surprised by the clarity and excellent color
reproduction of tom croat's photographs. Super!!

I hope Craig Phillips' informative article will inspire people to submit more
material along the same lines. Plant nuts are always hungry for information
and sometimes just a simple paragraph can answer a special question.

Thankyou Julius for the soup recipe! I'll add it to my file. You really
must write a book full of these someday, before they're lost to the cooking
world!

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From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at email.msn.com> on 1999.12.12 at 12:41:01(3926)
To all concerned---

AHHH---one of THE moments a true aroid nut lives for 'happened' a few days
ago with the arrival of the NEW format Aroid newsletter at my home!!!!
What a wonderful effort by all involved! Neil and anyone else involved, a
pat on the back and hugs for a FANTASTIC job VERY well done!!! Your
problem now will be to produce another of equal (this one can NOT be
topped!!) quality!!

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From: Jmh98law at aol.com on 1999.12.12 at 12:47:35(3928)
Ah, I finally opened the mail, and I see what all the raves are about. The
articles were superb, the photographs wonderful, and mmmmmm eddoes. Julius
-- would you believe that I found eddoes [labeled "taro root"] in the
supermarket I frequent in Traverse City, Michigan! They looked exactly like
the ones you brought to Dewey's a few weeks ago. Colocasia esculenta, right?

And I also liked the tips for propagating Monstera from a cutting. [I killed
the cutting you gave me, Dewey . . . ] So I hope to get another cutting
sometime and to treat it properly.

Thanks for all your efforts, folks.

Jeanne Hannah

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From: Betsytrips at aol.com on 1999.12.13 at 06:35:40(3932)
Well, it's about time you all let it be known how great the newsletter is. It
must have been the US Mail that was so slow because I know the kudos would
have come faster and more furious if you all had it to read. Just to say it
again with a cheer and toast, job well done and hope for the future. As Dewey
just said, articles, articles, contributions, etc. I know many feel they are
too amateur, but I just bet an observation of a line or two, like what we
spew on the email, might just be helpful and interesting to others, so keep
this in mind when you look at your plants, transplant, see a flower, watch a
leaf, see a beautiful leaf, etc. Keep the newsletter in your mind as you do
plant things so Neal's job will not be burden but a joy to all of us. I will
even attempt to take my own suggestions after I survive Christmas with my
crew. Short notes, short articles, interesting pictures, something that
fascinated you, may well fascinate others. We have never done too well at
supporting this project, I included. Perhaps Neal's effort may well show us
how much we like seeing and reading what interests us, so it is up to us to
contribute. I know, I have bitched aplenty. Well, the buck stops at home with
this kind of project because it is OUR NEWSLETTER. If we do not participate
it becomes a burden to the editor and we have no one to blame but ourselves
if the quality goes down and we do not see what we want.

Onward, all have a wonderful Christmas Holiday and a fascinating New Year.
Then come January, put your thinking caps on and watch and observe and write
and make copies of those photos and keep the material coming into Neal. Let's
truly make this a living working informative, enjoyable project that revives
this society and makes it a living entity outside of South Florida.

Lecture done.....

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From: plantnut at macconnect.com (Dewey) on 1999.12.13 at 07:16:12(3937)
Betsy,
Wonderful, wonderful.... Would have been impossible for me to have said it
better!!!! Only you can put the words together like that, Betsy....

Not enough on Temperate Aroids: OK, so you think we publish too much about
Tropicals.... Do like Betsy says... Write something!!!! You do not have
to be a pro.... Not looking for pros.... just your thoughts...
Dewey

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From: "Bonaventure W Magrys" magrysbo at shu.edu> on 1999.12.13 at 08:46:51(3938)
I enjoyed the newsletter also. Great with the photos also!
In response to making cuttings take, and problems with rot and establishment, I
would be willing to write up a short article on technical tips that I have used
for other rhizomaticous(spelling correct?) epiphytic plants, ie. orchids.
Someone may be able to apply these to aroids as well.
I don't grow many non-bulbous, non-temperate aroids beside Calocasia and
Amorphophallus (bulbous), but if it is welcome I could submit extensive
observations on Arisaema.
Bonaventure W. Magrys
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From: Betsytrips at aol.com on 1999.12.13 at 08:50:26(3939)
That was the whole point of my note. All of us have something to contribute
if it is only how we plant, what we plant, how it grows, the bugs we get
.... on the plants, where we are and the hardiness of plants, soil outside
and greenhouse, etc. I want to see short suggestions, observations,
proposals, questions, ideas, likes and dislikes. If you want more hardy
stuff, then start asking your questions, I feel sure Neal will open a spot
for questions and then answers can come from others who have experience.
There are so many ways this can go, but if we want it to be good, it is going
to take the effort of many. If those who want hardy stuff described, then
they are going to have to take the initiative and get the ball rolling with
their questions, their observations, or suggestions. Come on now, let's make
this thing work by a little from many and move from there. I guess what I am
saying is, LET'S MAKE IT FUN. LET'S MAKE IT ALIVE. LET'S KEEP IT GOING EVEN
IF IT TURNS OUT LIKE A ROUND ROBIN KIND OF THING WITH AN ARTICLE OR TWO. IT
IS OUR NEWSLETTER. LET'S REMEMBER THAT. NOW THAT WE HAVE CONTROL BACK, DON'T
LET IT GO AGAIN. I CAN SEE THIS BEING THE SAVIOR OF IAS, BUT MORE THAN THAT,
IT CAN BE DOWNRIGHT FUN!!!!!!!

START THINKING AND JOTTING NOTES AS YOU GO ALONG. COME JANUARY, PLEASE PASS
THOSE ON TO NEAL FOR HIS PERUSAL. LET'S OVERWHELM HIM AND TAKE A BIT OF THE
FEAR OF THE DRUDGERY THAT COMES FROM SUCH A PROJECT AWAY.

Betsy

From: Jmh98law at aol.com on 1999.12.13 at 20:20:42(3941)
In a message dated 12/13/1999 11:46:49 AM US Eastern Standard Time,
magrysbo@shu.edu writes:

<< I don't grow many non-bulbous, non-temperate aroids beside Calocasia and

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From: plantnut at macconnect.com (Dewey) on 1999.12.13 at 21:38:18(3944)
Jeanne,
Well, why don't you write about your experiences with Arisaema for the
Newsletter... No one in the group is a "real pro".... and if they are...
no big deal.... Articles from 'amateurs' are most welcome...

Also, tell the folks on the Arisaema list to write for the Newsletter...
Their articles would be most welcome!!!!
Dewey

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From: Betsytrips at aol.com on 1999.12.14 at 07:04:33(3947)
Perhaps I am way out in left field, but I see the Newsletter as the arm of
IAS that is the amateur's, the little guy seeking information and excited to
tell others of their achievements, observations, and methods. Aroideana is
for the botanist basically and that is good, but so often we would like the
growing end of things in the picture, plus the amateur type quest for
knowledge and information. From that perspective, all of us are the volunteer
donators, each and every one of us. I mean no exclusivity to the amateur but
I think it is the forum where the amateur can get information and give it
also.

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From: Neil Carroll zzamia at hargray.com> on 1999.12.14 at 07:07:59(3948)
>I guess what I am saying is, LET'S MAKE IT FUN. LET'S MAKE IT ALIVE.
>LET'S KEEP IT GOING EVEN IF IT TURNS OUT LIKE A ROUND ROBIN KIND OF THING
>WITH AN ARTICLE OR TWO. IT IS OUR NEWSLETTER. LET'S REMEMBER THAT. NOW
>THAT WE HAVE CONTROL BACK, DON'T LET IT GO AGAIN. I CAN SEE THIS BEING
>THE SAVIOR OF IAS, BUT MORE THAN THAT, IT CAN BE DOWNRIGHT FUN!!!!!!!

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From: plantnut at macconnect.com (Dewey) on 1999.12.15 at 06:49:43(3952)
Right on, Betsy..... You said it! Now, everyone else..... WRITE!!!
Dewey

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From: StellrJ at aol.com on 1999.12.15 at 06:55:43(3954)
I, too. very much enjoyed the newsletter, particularly the account of the
expedition to Ecuador, since exploration is one of my main interests. Gotta
keep ahead of the chain saws!

Jason Hernandez

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From: Aroideae at aol.com on 2001.12.15 at 16:48:22(7919)
dear all,

i'm wondering if everyone has received the latest issue of the IAS
newsletter. i've not seen any comments about it, so thought i should put in
my 2 cents. ron and jill are doing such a terrific job and they deserve a
big 'thankyou'!! they've put a lot of time and caring into each issue. i
liked the way the photos were presented in an almost scrapbook format....and
the fact that there were LOTS of photos with the articles.

i particularly enjoyed joep moonen's article . having visited emerald jungle
village, a couple of years ago, the article brought back many vivid memories
of this beautiful place and of joep, marijka and bernie. it is all you could
possibly imagine and more!

congratulations and many thanks to jill and ron! keep up the good work!

lynn hannon

From: SelbyHort at aol.com on 2001.12.16 at 09:03:10(7923)
I just wanted to second Lynn's comments about the newsletter. I've been
meaning to post a big thank you since I received it, but just got too busy in
the last few days. Its great to see all the photos and news from the show. I
was so sorry I could not attend this year and this issue helped make up for
it. I also always love to get news from Joep Moonen, one of the most
wonderful aroiders I have ever met!

Thanks again Ron and Jill and I look forward to future issues. I know we all
need to get off our duffs and send you our aroid news, so go ahead and nag us
why don't you!

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From: "Sheri Ann Richerson" voulezvous at fwi.com> on 2001.12.17 at 13:28:13(7933)
I have to second your two cents on the great job Ron and Jill are doing.
Any writing project is tough, but a newsletter sent to thousands is very
difficult!

Keep up the good work!

Sheri

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