“average JoeOhio Tour” cont.: We have come to Wellington, Ohio, home of Archibald McNeil Willard. He was an unknown, but inspired, wagon painter who did the famous “Spirit of ’76” painting. (And there is a Spirit of ’76 Museum downtown here.)… Wellington is also the home of Don and Norma Downs, who are ‘inspired’ in their own right. They have an apitherapy ministry at their home in the country. Wonderful people. Apitherapy is about the nutritional and medicinal aspects of anything having to do with bees (pollen, honey, propylis, venom…) That’s right, venom. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings, people come from all over the northern part of the state to get, well, stung. People with arthritis, with depression, with paralysis, and a variety of other ailments, submit to the stingings. Bee venom, said Don (who has been written up in a number of local newspapers), has great curative properties. So much so, there is an American Apitherapy Society. The evening we were here, groups of people from at least a 100-mile radius came to get stung and pick up supplies of honey, pollen and so on. This has been our second stop at the Downs, and the testimonies of the people who come here are pretty pheonmenal.