Waynedale Leisure & Entertainment

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As I stood in the grocery store checking my list, I thought I heard someone call my name. I turned around, but I didn’t see anyone I recognized, so I went back to my list. I heard my name again, but this time there was no mistaking it. I turned to see a young man approaching me. He was about 6 foot 2, and skinny. I couldn’t figure out who he was until he grinned. That grin triggered memories I would never forget, nor could I believe who was standing in front of me.

“Mr. Howard, do you remember...

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The annual Fourth of July picnic is a celebration of time and freedom. We’d all watched the parade, earlier, because that’s what you do on the Fourth, and we believe in it.

Our parade features Scout troops in uniform, the high school band, floats with pretty girls ... well, okay, it’s actually Delbert’s convertible with signs on the doors ... and little kids proudly leading their dogs down our main street. In other words, pretty much everyone.

Those of us who aren’t marching have been known...

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A heart wrapped in fur Toby

He was a year-old shelter dog. But even an animal deserves a second chance in life, so we adopted this shaggy, skinny mutt along with his behavior baggage from possible abuse and neglect. For more than 13 years he brought calamity, chaos, character and charm into our lives.

Finding an appropriate name for this unkempt, untrained, over exuberant canine was more difficult than naming our four children. While perusing a Bible for an appropriate handle we came upon the Book of Tobit. My wife...

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This year’s Opportunity Quilt “Trip Around Baltimore” designed by Jocelyn Smith and Debbie Ackley and quilted by Deb Geyer will go home with a lucky winner. (Need not be present to win)

This year’s QHF Celebration will be held July 14-16 at the Quilters Hall of Fame the former home of quilt designer/maker Marie Webster, located at 926 S. Washington, Marion, Indiana.

This year’s inductee is Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi: a master fiber artist, exhibitor, curator; author, researcher, quilt historian; mentor, groundbreaker, and former aerospace engineer.

Dr. Mazloomi’s fiber art/quilt themes include family life, women’s rights, and political freedom. Her quilts have been exhibited...

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It seems that the viney honeysuckles are always blooming on the banks of Clay at graduation time. Its yellow and white flowers, and sweet, unforgettable scent, still brings back memories of my own high school graduation. Although it has been 64 years since I stepped up and received my diploma, poignant memories flow through the recesses of my mind of that long ago time. There are shadowy images of young people of the past who populate my mind and live again in their youth.

Some of them are...

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Steve looked out from the turret of his cabin and watched the sun set behind the mountain. Branding is over for the spring, and he was able to get away from the ranch for a few days, so here he was, in his private castle, sipping private coffee, looking down at his private horse eating hay in his private corral.

For a man who has spent most of his life in a bunkhouse, a suite at the Ritz couldn’t be more wonderful than this little hole-up spot in the mountains.

He slid open one of the turret...

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