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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.

THE SCARS OF FORGIVENESS

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In 1939 General Francisco Franco, an ambitious Spanish military officer, became the absolute ruler of Spain. Franco took the title El Caudillo – the Leader – and he was ruthlessly so until his death more than 30 years later.

In the decades that he ruled, Franco had 30,000 dissidents executed, imprisoned more than 25,000 political opponents, built concentration camps, suppressed his people, persecuted his challengers, created a vast secret police network to spy on citizens, and even controlled...

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SUNLIGHT - NEWS FROM THE HILLS

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Sunlight is streaming down on hills that have been covered with snow for so long, lifting the spirits and making glad the heart. It is amazing how quickly the snow melts away, leaving the meadows basking in the sun. There is not a cloud in the blue sky, and this morning a songbird was trilling his praise for the day.

We have endured such a hard winter that some of our southern friends were beginning to make jokes about it. I received a poem from my sweet cousin Frank (Bobby) Samples who spends...

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SPRING GREEN - AROUND THE FRAME

Details Come on in and enjoy a discount at Born Again Quilts on International Quilting Day, March 15 from 9a – 6p

It would be so wonderful if by the time you read this all the snow has disappeared and tiny bits of green life is beginning to show. Let's face it. We live in the Hoosier state where the weatherman can't give a temperature without adding a wind chill or humidity factor behind it. So even though we can't predict when it will happen we know for certain our world will soon be painted green... and our rivers too as the FWFD hoses them green for the annual St. Patrick's Day celebrations where...

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ALL THAT ONCE WAS GOOD

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"Pitchers and Catchers report!" It's as sure a sign of the coming spring as erupting dandelions and fledgling fruit blooms. And as inhumane as this winter has been – as brutal as it remains in many locales – spring could not get here quickly enough, groundhog shadows and eminent March snowstorms be damned.

Yes, the return of baseball is a bellwether of warmer days, even if baseball itself should expect a somewhat chilly reception these days. Critics say the games are too long and frankly...

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WELCOME HOME - NEWS FROM THE HILLS

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WELCOME HOME
Will you join me in welcoming
The robin's return to West Virginia.
It is a sign of winter ending
That thrills and warms the heart within ya.

Legend tells us the old, old story
Of why your breast is red.
They say you comforted my Savior
There on Calvary when His precious blood was shed.

Your return with all your feathered friends
Is a delightful sight to see.
Welcome to our lawn and garden,
Feel free to roost and nest in the apple tree.

I know that some day, I too, will fly away
On wings...

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THE JOURNEY OF ATREYU’S QUILT - AROUND THE FRAME

Details Atreyu will always feel Judi’s love as he cuddles under his quilt.

On a late October evening a woman intently peers in the front window of Born Again Quilts. That's how I meet Judi Vaught who on her way to meet her friend Crystal and her nearly month-old son next door at the Friendly Fox Restaurant when the display of vintage embroidered crib sheets and baby quilts caught her eye.

Judi checks them out and decides an embroidered late 1950s baby quilt with green borders depicting nursery rhymes like Jack Be Nimble, Little Johnnie Stout, and Little Boy Blue...

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