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My scouts were adamant about wanting to ride in the back of my pickup, and Gordy was their spokesman. "Riding in the front of a pickup is stupid," he said. "Riding in the back is awesome."

I have always felt that when it comes to working with scouts, a person has to pick his battles. Some battles truly are worth fighting head on, for others an alternate way should be found, and then there are those that should not be fought at all. I found this to be a good philosophy, especially in my case...

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TODAY
So here hath been dawning
Another blue day:
Think wilt thou let it
Slip useless away.

Out of eternity
This new day is born;
Into eternity,
At night, will return.

Behold it aforetime
No eye ever did:
So soon it forever
From all eyes is hid.

Here hath been dawning
Another blue day:
Think will thou let it
Slip useless away.
by Thomas Carlyle

When we awakened to a vast blue sky, washed clean by yesterday's rain, this poem came to mind. Songbirds were trilling their morning song; a melodious salute to a...

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Sharon Ford (left) and Helen Gregory (right) admire the quilt made from family quilt blocks by Louise Bridges (center).

It all started back in late March 2013 when a woman visits Born Again Quilts with a quilting conundrum. The woman is Louise "Weezer" Bridges who spent a portion of her childhood growing up on Dale Drive off of Bluffton Road. The ladies group at Nine Mile United Methodist Church had recently rediscovered a stack of quilt squares in a dusty old box in the church basement. A note scrawled on the cover indicated they were made by one of parishioner Phyllis Genth's grandmothers, most likely Adeline...

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The viney honeysuckles are blooming all over the banks of Clay now, just as they do every year at graduation time. That nostalgic scent will be forever intertwined in my mind with the long-ago memories of leaving the old high school for the last time.

I don't think there is any bigger milestone for a young person than high school graduation. There may be more significant events in one's life, such as college graduation, but I believe this sudden jump from adolescence to coming adulthood is the...

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June is "Adopt a Shelter Cat Month" and the Allen County SPCA needs help finding homes for all of the adorable felines in need of pet parents. Springtime is when more kittens are born and the need is greatest. ACSPCA staff has decorated the Born Again Quilts Studio storefront windows to draw awareness to this special month. Of course the displays would not be complete without cat quilts and feline fabric to round it out.

Now one of the huge posters is a puppy. "Woofers" will have their month...

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FOREVER
I learn as the years roll onward
And leave the past behind,
That much I have counted sorrow
But proves our God is kind;
That many a flower I longed for
Had a hidden thorn of pain,
And many a rugged by-path
Led to fields of ripened grain.

The clouds but cover the sunshine,
They cannot banish the sun,
And the earth shines out the brighter
When the weary rain is done.
We must stand in the deepest sorrow
To see the clearest light,
And often from wrong's own darkness
Comes the very strength of right.

We...

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