Waynedale Leisure & Entertainment

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I’ve discovered the wonderful world of petty mail-order junk. I love it. A computer is a grand tool for opening the world of spending petty cash for a guy, but it’s not really essential. You can do without one if you just get on the catalog list. The simplest way to do that is to send away for a catalog, listing your address and name, of course, but beneath your name add the title “Purchasing Coordinator.” Then you add a note telling the catalog folks not to give your name out to anyone else or...

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More than a decade ago, former Chief Justice Roy Moore of the Alabama Supreme Court installed a massive granite monument inscribed with the Ten Commandments in the rotunda of the Alabama State Judicial Building. Two years later it was removed by court order as a violation of the separation of church and state. Shortly thereafter, Justice Moore was also removed by court order from the Alabama State Judicial Building.

Not long after these events played themselves out across our cable television...

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I wandered today to the hill, Maggie
To watch the scene below
The creek and the rusty old mill, Maggie
Where we sat in the long, long ago.

The green grove is gone from the hill, Maggie
Where first the daisies sprung
The old rusty mill is still, Maggie
Since you and I were young.

A city so silent and lone, Maggie
Where the young and the gay and the best
In polished white mansion of stone, Maggie
Have each found a place of rest.

Is built where the birds used to play, Maggie
And join in the songs that...

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Cat quilts pay homage to our love for our feline friends.

As the month of June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, it seems fitting to shine the spotlight on the Barn Cat program approved last August and administered by the Allen County SPCA. It is quite clear: not all cats are born for a household environment. We tend to think of cats as cute cuddly bundles of fur who love to snuggle and purr on their pet parents' laps. For those cats used to an urban environment their lifestyle creates challenges as they are susceptible to disease, malnutrition and...

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It is the heat that defines us this time of year. Defines our sweaty days with the brassy skies and afternoons that make us clamor for shade. The heat gives us an excuse to make June the biggest beer-drinking month of the year and returns certain words to our vocabularies: cooler pads, swampers, squirrel cages.

The days themselves aren't much fun, and we pity those who spend the days working outdoors, even as we envied them in the soft warmth of spring. The heat is an entity now, an...

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Recently I was contacted by Shawn Ambrose, a homeschooling father and member of the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), who's concerned about Indiana's online public school system, Hoosier Academy, being mistaken as offering a curriculum for homeschooling. This distinction may not seem like a big deal...after all the children are at home learning right? When it comes to protecting our freedom to homeschool our children the details matter!

Shawn's experience with homeschooling has...

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