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The sun has tried valiantly all morning to break through the cloud covering but has succeeded very few times. There are patches of blue interspersed between the clouds, bringing hope for a nice spring day ahead. Warm weather has been a little remiss in coming to Clay County, although golden dandelions cover the lawn and modest purple violets peep from the greening grass.

Each portent of spring is eagerly looked for, and the buds on the lilac bush are beginning to open. In Charleston, the...

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Long-time Harlan resident Shirley Spindler and her “Chintz” quilt made of Kaffe Fassett fabrics.

The Harlan United Methodist Church's fourth biennial quilt show was another great success. Once again the church ladies under the leadership of Shirley Spindler and her daughter-in-law Rose served up great quilts and a tasty lunch. The church sanctuary and fellowship hall brimmed with colorful quilts to pay homage to their theme "Blessed are the Piecemakers". It is such a joy to see so many hand-quilted quilts along their contemporary machine-stitched sisters.

I spent a few minutes with...

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Palm Sunday, celebrated this weekend by the world's Christians, is customarily a day of joy. Directed toward the event known as "The Triumphal Entry," Palm Sunday marks the day that Jesus came riding into Jerusalem, just days before his death, welcomed by the jubilant masses.

People took off their coats and threw them on the ground, an act of homage to a conquering king. They cut down palm branches, waved them wildly in ovation, and sang, "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!" Thus...

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"Hark, I hear a robin calling!
List, the wind is from the south!
And the orchard-bloom is falling
Sweet as kisses on the mouth.

In the dreamy vale of beeches
Far and faint is woven mist,
And the river's orient reaches
Are the palest amethyst.

Every limpid brook is singing
Of the lure of April days;
Every piney glen is ringing
With the maddest roundelays.

Come and let us seek together
Springtime lore of daffodils,
Giving to the golden weather
Greeting on the sun-warm hills."
~By Lucy Maud...

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Jacque Eriks and her award winning quilt “Ewe-Niquely Baltimore”.

Once again the String-A-Long Quilt Guild's biennial show is a resounding success. This is my third time to attend the show this time with the BAQ Crew Louise and Herb in tow. As we enter the Porter County Expo Center my cousin Janet Levihn is working the check-in tables. Her term as treasurer is over but she uses her expertise to lend a helping hand. Janet enters a hand quilted redwork embroidery wall hanging "Child's Play" featuring 1920-30s boys and girls sailing a boat, feeding a rabbit...

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"Oh, I wish that the winter would go, and I wish that the summer would come, and away from the tents on the hill, the little brown bees would hum . . And the robins their pipes would trill, and the woodpecker beat his drum, and away from the tents on the hill, the little brown bees would hum . . ." so sang Daddy every late winter when the days were bleak and it seemed that spring would never come.

I can hear his voice even now echoing down through the years, as winter takes another swipe at...

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