Waynedale Leisure & Entertainment

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It is the heat that defines us this time of year. Defines our sweaty days with the brassy skies and afternoons that make us clamor for shade. The heat gives us an excuse to make June the biggest beer-drinking month of the year and returns certain words to our vocabularies: cooler pads, swampers, squirrel cages.

The days themselves aren't much fun, and we pity those who spend the days working outdoors, even as we envied them in the soft warmth of spring. The heat is an entity now, an...

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Recently I was contacted by Shawn Ambrose, a homeschooling father and member of the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), who's concerned about Indiana's online public school system, Hoosier Academy, being mistaken as offering a curriculum for homeschooling. This distinction may not seem like a big deal...after all the children are at home learning right? When it comes to protecting our freedom to homeschool our children the details matter!

Shawn's experience with homeschooling has...

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David was an incredibly brilliant student, but sometimes that was almost his downfall. For example, my students were supposed to write a program called "Twenty-one" where two players would take turns removing from one to three items out of twenty-one. The goal was to force your opponent to remove the last one.

We were programming on an old Unix system through terminals. The graphics were ugly and the interface was limited. All I asked them to do was a fairly simple input and an output of how...

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A yellow butterfly hovers over the Persian lilac bush, with its purple blooms swaying in the breeze. Purple and yellow seems to be the color scheme on this lovely spring day, with dandelions and violets vying for attention along the edge of the yard, and winter cress spreading yellow clusters in the meadow. From the leafing maple tree, a cardinal pours out a melody of pure praise, thanking the Great Creator for another beautiful day.

Although there has been a light frost the last three...

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A red felt and beaded brooch made by Canadian Evelyne is worn as a reminder of those lost in war.

On May 25 the Annual Waynedale Memorial Day parade will wind its way through the streets to the Prairie Grove Cemetery. Once again we will gather to mourn those brave men and women who gave their lives in service to their country. The bell will chime to mark the passing of each local veteran who passed away during the last twelve months. The solemnity of the ceremony, the words of comfort and sacrifice, the air filled with the sound of guns and taps: this is Memorial Day. I would ask everyone...

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Delbert's at it again. You know Delbert McLain, our local chamber of commerce? He's the guy who wants to bring lots of people here so the place isn't quite as nice as it is now.

Well, ol' Delbert zipped into the Mule Barn truck stop the other day, plopped down at the empty Round Table, and motioned for those of us at the philosophy counter to join him. We did.

"Boys," he said, when we were seated and sipping, "I want to bounce an idea off you and see how it goes."

He almost whispered, "Two...

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