Waynedale Leisure & Entertainment

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Joanne Sauder and the Ugly-pretty quilt set to be auctioned to benefit others.

Ugly-pretty: A term I learn while watching Tyra Banks' America's Next Top Model TV show where the contestants dress, design make-up and pose in unique settings to make themselves look fascinating and ugly.

Last fall Joanne Sauder visits the Born Again Quilts studio with an estate sale quilt top find in hand. She relates how a fellow member of the Grabill Community Quilters (GCQ) exclaimed, "That's ugly!" when the group got its first look at it. From that point on it was known as "Project...

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Years ago my oldest son asked me a question: "What is a saint?" When you're driving along with a numb mind at day's end, as I was, that's not the type of question you are prepared to answer. So I splattered out, "A saint is someone who does what God wants them to do." My son answered, "If that's a saint, then why did New Orleans choose that as their football mascot?" I didn't have an answer for that question either.

What is a saint? Well, we often think of saints as being holy or remarkable...

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Alyce Faye Bragg

When Mother Nature puts on her finest garb, and the hills are covered with varied hues of green and bright flowers and shrubs bloom with abandon, it gives the housewife an urge to decorate and refurbish her dwelling. When the doors and windows can be flung wide open to let the spring breeze blow in, it is time for spring cleaning.

Many conscientious housewives have probably already finished this spring task, but I've found that my spring cleaning usually flows over into fall cleaning...

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PFC Robert Eubank, newly graduated from the Marine Corps basic training in his seasonal service uniform.

He was back and gone again. Our son who embarked on a cold rainy day in mid-March to San Diego for United States Marine Corps basic training is now Private First Class Robert E. Eubank.

Husband Tom, Robert's friend Emily and I flew out to San Diego to see the transformation of this tall lanky young man into a hard body U.S. Marine. Early Thursday morning we watch a rehearsal of the next day's graduation ceremony. We knew he is a member of Platoon 1002, but from a distance and in their woodland...

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Those of us who call this little valley home have a unique blessing in the form of Perry, our dentist. Yes, when we go to get the fangs fixed up at O'Dontall Dental, down in the old brick building near the office of the Valley Weekly Miracle, the grinding and scraping and numbing and lip shaking is accompanied by...well...acting.

You see Perry worked his way through dental school by treading the boards...acting on stage, that is. When all was said and done and he received his final mouth...

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Shawn Wall, Edward Jones

This issue, we celebrate Independence Day with fireworks, sparklers, picnics and parades. Amidst the hoopla, though, it's always important to reflect on the many freedoms we enjoy in this country. And as an individual, you may want to use the occasion to think of another type of independence you'd like to enjoy — financial independence.

In some ways, we are living in a time when attaining financial freedom is more difficult than it has been for quite a while. We're still recovering from the...

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