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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.

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Keep it a Secret from Those Closest to You
When I got organized in the late seventies, I decided to keep my "project" a secret from my husband, kids, parents and best friend. I'd read that when you want to make a transitional change in your life, keep it to yourself and wait for "them" to come to you and say, "What's happened to you?" or "You seem happier and you're always on time lately, what's up?"

What I discovered by keeping my mouth shut on my plans was I had more energy! There was a...

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AROUND THE FRAME: THE UNIFORM OF THE MARINE RECRUIT

Details Poolee Eubank builds his upper body strength that is crucial in preparation for Marine Corps recruit training.

Uniform. It's a word used as an adjective or noun. As an adjective it means unvarying, conforming, always the same. As a noun it describes a distinctive outfit intended to identify those who wear it as members of a specific group. I cannot think of a uniform that is harder to earn or more proudly worn than that of a US Marine.

By the time you read this my son Marine Recruit Robert Eubank will be in his fifth day of basic training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego.

Robert started...

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NEWS FROM THE HILLS: A SIMPLE OBJECT

Details ALYCE FAYE BRAGG

Sometimes a simple object will trigger a flood of memories, things of long ago and almost forgotten. The recent high windstorm blew a small churn that I used to store umbrellas off the porch and smashed it in the yard. I looked at the broken pieces and thought about the past when we broke an earthenware crock or bowl.

Mom would set us to work pounding up the broken pieces into a fine grit. This was used in the chicken lot instead of oyster shell or store bought grit. Chickens must have some...

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HOME COUNTRY: SPRING

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Do you feel that itch coming on? It's time, you know. See the kids out flying kites? That's a sign. See little green bladelets in the lawn. That's a sign, too.

It's almost full spring, and that itch tells us it's time to do something. This is when we need to forget almost all our sensible resolutions about self-improvement and just concentrate on fun. List your favorite things and then take it one ridiculous step further and there you have it, a renewal of hope and fun and insanity to...

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USF HOSTING TRAVELING EXHIBIT, “MEMORIA: ASSISI AND THE JEWS”

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The photo exhibit, "Memoria: Assisi and the Jews, 1943-1944," will be open for public viewing in the North Campus foyer at the University of Saint Francis (USF) from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on March 17-22.

"Memoria" will transport the viewer to Italy in 1943 during Germany's wartime occupation of the central and northern parts of the country. Through the words, images and perspective of Don Aldo Brunacci, the exhibit recounts the dramatic rescue of several hundred Jewish refugees in Assisi.

Brunacci, a...

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NEWS FROM THE HILLS : THE SMALL THINGS

Details ALYCE FAYE BRAGG

Snowflakes dance and twirl through the air as the capricious wind blows them this way and that. The wind chimes tinkle madly, and the bare limbs on the trees bend to the whim of the wind. Winter has been showing his fierce teeth the past few days, with icy blasts, snow showers and freezing temperatures. Although February is with us still, the weather is more like March with its changeable moods. All at once the sun will pop through and blue skies are revealed before the snowflakes start flying...

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