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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 JOYS OF GIRL TOYS - AROUND THE FRAME

Details A highly collectible Singer sewing machine, a 1930s tin stove and Diane’s early 1950s toy iron are a part of her collection of girl toys.

Christmas will soon be here, and once again TBS will run the classic movie "A Christmas Story" for a 24-hour stretch. For the uninitiated the movie recollects author Jean Shepard's magical Christmas when his father gifts "Ralphie" with a Red Ryder BB gun and as admonished by his mother, he goes outside and thinks he's accidentally shot his eye out. As passionate Ralphie was about his BB gun it makes me wonder what toys of the 1940s and 1950s would bring the same kind of joy to girls?

Now of...

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SHALOM

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"On earth peace, goodwill toward men," sang the angels on the first Christmas morning. The Hebrew word for peace is shalom. In Judaism shalom is a living concept, not a word; a vision for how life could be, should be, and the life God is pulling his whole creation toward.

In this way of thinking, peace is not merely the absence of war or conflict. It is not simply quietness or calm. It is overall wellbeing. It is health and wholeness. It is personal, communal, and cosmic harmony. It is a...

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NOVEMBER - SCHINDLER SEZ

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November is the only month people don't mind getting the bird.

Redskins
I don't understand all the fervor over the name Redskins, as in the Washington Redskins. Hell...I'd be honored if they'd named them after me and they wouldn't even have to give me any firewater!

Whip Cream
Recently, Justin Bieber threatened a neighbor who complained about his driving. Would someone please tell his neighbor not to worry? If the truth were known, Bieber couldn't whip cream!

The Girls
Whenever the girls,...

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FIRST SNOW - NEWS FROM THE HILLS

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The first snow of the season came in the night this week and we awakened to a white world. The trees had stripped off their colorful autumn garments and put on cloaks of white. The hemlocks branches were draped in velvet, but the bare branches of the other trees shone in stark beauty. They were outlined in white, and viewed from a distance looked like delicate lace.

The Rose of Sharon bushes were tipped with balls of snow resembling cotton balls. It was beautiful, but very cold. Snow came...

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THE ONES JESUS LOVES

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"Just who do you think you are?" Now there's a question that has been posed and pointed more than a few times. Usually it is a weaponized question of sorts, laden with accusation; or it is a declaration aimed at someone's preposterous behavior. Nevertheless, I think it is an essential question of spiritual identity.

Consider the writer of the New Testament book commonly known as "John." Tradition holds that this Gospel was written by the disciple John, one of Jesus' closest associates, though...

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HAVE YOU STARTED TAKING YOUR RMDS?

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Throughout your career, you have been working hard to save in one or more retirement accounts. Then, once you retire, you'll have some new decisions to make. But one choice has already been made for you: the age at which you must start taking withdrawals, or "distributions." It's a good idea to familiarize yourself with these distribution rules because they can have a big impact on your retirement income. And you may even want to take action before the end of the year.

Here, in a nutshell, is...

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