Waynedale Leisure & Entertainment

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I started out the year well, determined to lose weight. I worked out every morning for quite a while, and barely saw the weight drop, though I could tell I was putting on more muscle. Then, as usually happens, there came a week when I was burning the candle at both ends, and trying to squeeze out one more minute for exercise was absolutely impossible.

After having missed one week, it was easier to exercise fewer days the next week, and fewer the next, and soon I had given up altogether. Every...

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We turn another calendar leaf, and a New Year is spread out before us. Unused, unspotted and blank. The beginning of another year brings a desire to make each day count; to live it to the fullest. I am just now beginning to realize what the psalmist meant when he wrote, "So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom." (Psa. 90:12)

As we get older, it sometimes comes as a shock that we don't have that many days left. A short time ago, Criss exclaimed to me (I don't...

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Connor sleeps beneath his “Good Night” quilt a gift from late Great-aunt Judi.

Now the winter holidays are behind us and it is time to settle down for some serious quilt restoration work. For as many projects completed this year at Born Again Quilts, there are many yet to complete. The work is steady as long as my calloused fingers can take it. Restoration work is done one stitch at a time from the underside of the fabric making for a laborious process. When complete and seeing the look on my customer's faces as they see their once less than desirable quilt brought back...

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For our family vacation this year, my husband, and our 6-year-old son, Isaac, and I loaded into the car and made a seven-day journey from our home in Fort Wayne, IN to the eastern part of the U.S. We went to eight places in seven days; we saw history first hand in Gettysberg, Antietam, Ford's Theater, Mount Vernon, Monticello, and more.

After leaving Mount Vernon, President Washington's home, we headed to Thomas Jefferson's home, Monticello, which was the final destination in the "history...

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When my office phone rang, I answered it to find the chairman of the C.I.S. (Computer Information Systems) department on the other end of the line. He was very upset. "You tell your students to stop it!"

"To stop what?" I asked.

"Just tell them to stop it!" he said angrily, ignoring my question. "And to stop it now!"

He then hung up the phone before I could say anything else.
My own department was both math and computer science. I headed the computer science end of it in addition to my...

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For years now, Herb Collins has been helping Santa by donning the red and the beard and the tassels and waving to passing cars on Christmas Eve out at the Old Fort Road crossing. He takes a bag of candy along, in case anyone cares to stop, and he also takes his daughter Cindy along, because she's always been his head elf. Cindy's grown now and has helpers of her own, but this has been a daddy/daughter event for a long time and neither sees any reason to quit.

He had done it a few years and was...

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