Waynedale Leisure & Entertainment

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There is a nighttime sweetness and hope that hovers over us this time of year here at home. This is a time for summing up and looking ahead ... and a time for dreams.

And at night... ah, that's the time, isn't it? Outside it's dark, December dark, and we're inside and warm and cocooned up. The cold makes our world shrink, especially at night.

But we have our dreams.

For Janice Thomas, our art teacher at the high school, it's that painting she's planning. She makes starts at it, from time to...

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For our family vacation this year, I wanted to go east to see some American history first hand. My husband was game with that, so we loaded our 6 year old son, Isaac, 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 lots of history. Gettysberg, Antietam, Ford's Theater, Mount Vernon, and more; it really was an education.

It was time to head over to one of my most anticipated destinations...

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It is a brown and white November day, with patches of snow scattered over a brown landscape. It is bitter cold; the warm sunshiny days have retreated into the past. With regret, I discard the last bouquet of summer roses and replace them with a sprig of hemlock with their miniature pine cones.

As the weather changes, Thanksgiving approaches, and minds naturally stray to past holidays and the memories they invoke. Echoes of yesterday---years that run together, break into bright blossoms of...

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Red and green fabrics and lavish quilting make this 1800s peony quilt a testament to the expertise of its maker.

As Christmas nears many homes will use a wreath to decorate their front doors.

The history of wreaths goes back to ancient times when Greeks crowned athletes with a laurel wreath and in Rome Julius Caesar wore one befitting his status.

Wreaths, circular in design bring the motifs of circle of life/eternal life to mind. Traditional Christmas wreaths are made of evergreens symbolizing the winter solstice and the slow return of the sun with the coming spring.

Applique designs in red/green/white...

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Appleseed Quilter’s touch quilts are given to people with Alzheimer’s to aid in their therapy.

Thanksgiving is a special holiday: It is not a religious observance, no one is mandated to observe it, but it is the one day out of the year people take and reflect on the many blessings they received over the past year and express their gratitude for them.

Airports are overcrowded as people take whatever means necessary to be home to share this traditional holiday with their families. Family time is great memory –making time as traditions are passed down from one generation to the next.

My...

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Steve will have Thanksgiving dinner over at Doc's and Mrs. Doc's this year, and any number of his friends are grateful for that. Steve is one heckuva cowboy and trainer of young colts, and a good friend to all, but he'd never make it as a dinner host.

Very few Thanksgiving dinners achieve legendary status, but "Steve's Thanksgiving" was certainly one of them. Some said it happened because he's lived alone and cooked meals for himself for so many years. Some say he has worked alone for so long...

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