Mystery of the Sunflower is a framed original oil by Nona Hengen.
As a 10 year old Nona wrote an uncle that she wanted someday to be an artist. That dream was shelved-there were no art schools in the region, so she followed her mother and uncle into a career in education. She taught school, as they had, and when sputnik shocked the nation into using television to win the race for space, she was hired by the Spokane School District to teach German because it was the language of science, and educators believed would be the key to winning the race to put a man on the moon.
One morning in late September I tossed a large sunflower into the chicken yard and went back to working in my garden. I noted the chicken’s extreme caution in considering this foreign object, but they soon discovered its edible content and were well on their way to demolishing it when I returned.
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