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Waynedale Leisure & Entertainment

Kick back and relax, you deserve it! All of the stories in this section are unique, original entertainment by our local Waynedale, (Fort Wayne) Indiana columnists, created just especially for you. Our columnists love to hear from their dedicated readers, view our columnist's biographies and e-mail them here.

JUST HANG ON

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When I was a bit younger and a bit braver, a group of friends and I shot the rapids on the Ocoee River in southeast Tennessee. The Ocoee, which I think is the Cherokee word for "terrified rafter" is a world-class whitewater adventure.

Now, I'm no world-class athlete, and that became evident on the river. I so feared being sucked out of the boat that I literally dug my toenails into the rubber raft I was paddling. But by the time we finished, I was on a first name basis with rapids named Broken...

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HOW OLD IS GRANDMA?

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One evening a grandson was talking to his grandmother about current events. The grandson asked his grandmother what she thought about the shootings at schools, the computer age, and just things in general.

The Grandmother replied, "Well, let me think a minute, I was born before: Television. Penicillin. Polio shots, frozen foods, Xerox, contact lenses, Frisbees, and the pill."

"There were no: credit cards, laser beams, or ball-point pens."

"Man had not invented: pantyhose, air conditioners...

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NEWS FROM THE HILLS: THE FIRST SIGN OF SPRING

Details ALYCE FAYE BRAGG

The first definite symbol of the coming of spring showed up in our yard last week. On a relatively mild day, our front lawn was populated by half a dozen youngsters (I say that loosely) playing a vigorous game of softball. We sat on the front porch and watched them, mulling over the scores of children who have played their games down through the years.

At one time, we "thought" we wanted a neatly manicured lawn, with smooth green grass and well-ordered flowerbeds. That plan was swiftly...

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AROUND THE FRAME: THE QUESTERS: “IT’S FUN TO SEARCH AND A JOY TO FIND.”

Details Quester members (from left) Ruth Proctor, Sherry Fulbright, Chapter President Sharon Clark and Indiana State President-elect Janet Sylvester enjoy learning about the quilt restoration process at Born Again Quilts.

Soon after I opened the Born Again Quilts studio on South Wayne Avenue, Jean Wyss comes to visit. Jean who lives in Waynedale grew up in the neighborhood and is curious to see what new venture has taken over one of her childhood haunts.

Jean is a member and treasurer of The Questers a non-profit international organization founded in 1944 by Jessie Elizabeth (Bess) Bardens to encourage an appreciation of antiques and raises funds for the preservation and restoration of historic landmarks.

The...

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HOME COUNTRY: COOT LESSONS

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It occurred to me the other day just what a blessing it is to be a grandfather. The children think we're all powerful, a fount of knowledge and wisdom. Then they turn three ...

We could all use coot lessons.

Yes, the enigmatic old coot in every small town like ours has wisdom corralled, knowledge tucked away for a rainy day, and is especially mysterious. So here are some coot lessons.

Lesson One: Look colorful. Wear a hat that was found buried at Gettysburg or Thermopylae. Don't clean it up...

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NEWS FROM THE HILLS: THE VOICE OF SPRING

Details ALYCE FAYE BRAGG

The voice of spring is awakening the land after the long, cold sleep of winter. She whispered first to the songbirds, and they gathered their flocks together to return to our hills. Each morning, they greet the breaking of the day with their joyous and melodic songs of praise. She tenderly touches the tips of the tree branches, which hung dead and barren through the winter, and the buds begin to swell and turn green.

The violets heard her soft voice and began stirring underground to thrust...

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