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.

Shawn Wall, Edward Jones

This week, Major League Baseball's All-Star game will be played at Citi Field in New York. If you're a baseball fan, you'll enjoy the annual gathering of the sport's best players. And if you're an investor, you may be able to take away some valuable lessons from the All-Stars — lessons that can prove valuable to you long after the game's final out is recorded.

So, what can you learn from the All-Stars? Here are a few of their traits:

•Consistency — All-Star teams rarely include ballplayers...

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Reed Civil War ReEnactor

When Union and Confederate soldiers square off this fall, James Reed hopes to be among them on the side of the South portraying General James Lawson Kemper at a battlefield in Hartford City, Indiana, site of one of the largest Civil War re-enactment events in the country.

Mr. Reed, 69, is recovering from an illness at Community Nursing and Rehabilitation in Indianapolis, but the progress he has made gives him hope that he will also be with his re-enactor family and friends when Hartford City...

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Each year I am hired to go to Washington, D.C. with the eighth grade class from Clinton, WI where I grew up, to videotape their trip. I greatly enjoy visiting our nation's capitol, and each year I take some special memories back with me. This fall's trip was especially memorable.

On the last night of our trip, we stopped at the Iwo Jima memorial. This memorial is the largest bronze statue in the world and depicts one of the most famous photographs in history — that of the six brave soldiers...

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It was now or never! Tony Kanaan had wanted it all his life. He'd been in the lead on 221 laps in previous Indianapolis 500's, and never won. They were all on the yellow flag caution. Three laps left. If he didn't make a move, and there was another yellow lap coming up, he'd be stuck behind and couldn't possibly win.

So when the restart came, he zipped around the leader and roared to the lead. Almost immediately after, there was a crash – another yellow caution flag came out, and he was...

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"There is something rotten in the state of Denmark." That is a centuries old phrase from William Shakespeare's masterpiece, "Hamlet." Going back to your high school English class, you might remember that strange things were indeed going on in Hamlet's world.

His father, the Danish king, had been murdered. His uncle was behind the conspiracy and had taken over the country. Ghosts and apparitions were visiting the castle. One of the characters finally states the obvious: "Something is fishy...

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Alyce Faye Bragg

The air is hot and muggy today, as an impending storm draws closer. There is a low rumble of thunder in the background, and the little Jack Russell terriers crowd closer to my feet. Minnie is especially scared of thunder, and trembles at the sound. When we were youngsters, lightning and thunder were one of our greatest fears.

We were attending Hagar Grade School, when a sudden thunderstorm rolled in. Our school was located on a slight hill, and a huge oak tree spread overhanging limbs on the...

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