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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.

SCHOOL’S OUT

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Curtain climbers. Yard monkeys. Cherubs. Whippersnappers. Ankle biters. Urchins. I don't know what you call them, but our children have been turned loose on the world. School is out for summer (at least it ends this week here where I live). By the end of summer I'm afraid my description of these little animals will be a bit stronger. I'll be ready for them to return to the classroom.

Still, I appreciate their euphoria. I can recall the butterflies that formed in my stomach as summer break...

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THE WISDOM OF SIMPLICITY

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In Paulo Coelho's brilliant little book, The Alchemist, the author tells of a young lad sent by his father to a wise man to discover the secret of happiness. The wise man lived in a magnificent, faraway castle complete with sweet music, beautiful artwork, delicious food, and sprawling gardens. It was a wonder of the world.

After a long journey to the castle and waiting for hours to speak to the sage, the boy finally gained an audience. The wise man listened to the boy's explanation for his...

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NEWS FROM THE HILLS - MOTHER'S DAY

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The last day of April dawned bright and sunny. Songbirds were warbling merrily; the purple lilac's heavy blossoms wafted a heavenly scent across the yard, and vied with the lavender azalea bush for beauty. It was a perfect spring day to be enjoyed to the fullest.

Daughter Patty called and suggested that we clean the cellar on such a fine day. By the time she got up to our house, I had another idea. "I would love to go up Hick's Holler," I suggested. It is not far from our house, and has always...

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MOM AND ME: FABRIC SHOPPING - AROUND THE FRAME

Details Lois Eubank and mother

Growing up in a family of six children, my mother sewed a great deal for her family: neckties for dad, dresses and jumpers for the girls and shirts for my brothers. I imagine all of us kids were presented with at least one pair of pajamas or nightgown.

To accomplish all of this sewing requires tremendous yards of fabric, notions and patterns.

I remember fondly the trips to Southgate Plaza to visit House of Fabrics, JC Penney's and Stillman's. Sometimes we'd hit Sear's too and in the later...

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INVESTORS CAN LEARN FROM SWIMMERS’ DIETS

Details Shawn Wall - Edward Jones

Summer isn't here yet, but it's getting close. And for many people, the arrival of summer means it's time for swimming at the local pool or lake. If you're just a casual swimmer, you probably don't have to adjust your diet before jumping in. But that's not the case with competitive swimmers, who must constantly watch what they eat and drink, particularly in the days and hours preceding their races. While you may not ever have to concern yourself with your 400-meter individual medley "splits,"...

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CARL GROMEAUX DIDN’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT - PT. 2

Details CarlStoryGromeauxService

Continued From The April 12 Edition.

Life as a POW
When they finally made it to Stalag IX-B they were crowded into large open buildings with leaky roofs and missing windows. It was midwinter in Germany. Most of the men had only the clothes on their backs; some of the less fortunate didn't have coats. The barracks had a potbelly stove in the center and they received a ration of one armload of wood a day to keep them warm. At night they were forced to extinguish the flame, supposedly to avoid...

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