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What do carpenter ants build?

A Double
Barney Wertzberger,
In Two Brother's Bar
With a five cent beer,
And a ten cent cigar

"The next one's on me,"
Said the one brother,
"I'll buy one too,"
Said the T'other.

"I'll have an Old Granddad,
I'd like that a lot,
And give me them both.
With a double shot."'

(In case you teatotalers and young whippersnappers don't know it, way back then you could really buy a draft beer for a nickel. But Old Granddad was and still is, an expensive whiskey.)

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Rod always fell asleep in class. It didn't matter if it was math, English, or science. Ten minutes into the class, and he was sound asleep. A person might think he had a sleep problem. He did, actually. It was called not going to bed before 2:00 in the morning. The teachers tried talking to him about it, and he always promised to do better, but he never did.

In math class he would lay his head down on his desk, and soon he was out. One day he fell asleep and rolled his face onto the wire rings...

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Larry Duhammel’s memory block.  He was my 6th grade teacher at Hillcrest School (1968-69)

Recently the pastor of Nine Mile Methodist Church was transferred to a new parish. The church ladies wanted to give her a special gift of farewell. Parishioner Marilyn Gibson shared the experience with me:

Pastor Shalimar Holderly served as pastor of the Nine Mile United Methodist Church, Fort Wayne for eight years. In 2014 she was transferred to another church. This expected move was announced in spring and the congregation knew they would miss her and the memorable programs she started. They...

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August always seemed to me to be the tail end of summer, but the season seems to be hanging on. The garden is at its peak, while the housewife rushes to get it all canned and frozen while it is ready. This is the busiest time of the year for us, but when the canning season is over and the youngsters are back in school is welcome relief. No wonder that autumn is our favorite season!

I've heard mothers say that they hated to see their children go back to school, but it would be hypocritical for...

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Midsummer simmers along, with hot, humid days and sticky nights. The common oxeye daisies have given way to brightly colored black-eyed Susan's that stare boldly from large patches along the wayside. Spotted Joe-pye weed is beginning to appear in fields and meadows, showing its pale purple, fuzzy flower heads. All signs point to coming autumn.

This is a good blackberry summer. The berries hang heavy and ripe on their briers, waiting for eager hands to gather them. I can hear Daddy singing now...

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“Come to my Garden 30” x 30” wall quilt by Arnold Savage was started in the 1930s and finished in 2005 with the addition of the picket fence and rooster.

When I met up with friend Robin and her granddaughter Anna at The Quilters Hall of Fame 2014 celebration we learned to expect the unexpected. We missed this year's inductee Ruth B. McDowell's morning walk-thru of her quilts and the opportunity to meet and interview her. As we walk into her exhibit space a sign states photographing her quilts or sketching them is forbidden. Anna is particularly disappointed because she remembers posing in front of her favorite last year to have her photo taken...

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