Waynedale Leisure & Entertainment

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male northern cardinal Photo by George “Dewey” Powell

Robins have returned after spending the winter farther south. I hear one or two singing from the trees in our yard when I step outside every morning, if it isn't raining. I see one often on the lawn. Red-winged blackbirds are back and several call from the cattails of the marsh while others raid our bird feeders. Cardinals whistle from the trees and fly in and out of the feeders. Song sparrows sing.

Though the sky is often gray and the wind blows strong and cold, though there have been snow...

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Steve, the tall cowboy of us philosophy types, was riding a young horse through town the other day to get him used to "boogers."

To gentle a horse, he explained, you give them something to booger at, and then talk them out of it. You keep coming up with new boogers and calming the horse until screaming fire engines and jet exhaust are no problem at all.

He rode up to the Campbell house and saw Anita, Dud's wife, shaking out a throw rug. The young horse began blowing nuclear snot all over the...

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Warm weather is still hesitating on the threshold of spring, as if debating whether to enter or let winter weather linger a little longer. There is a rumor circulating through the hills that spring is truly coming back. It was first whispered to the songbirds at daybreak, when the first pink rays of the sun revealed a fair day. They burst into a medley of praise, proclaiming the news that spring was indeed on her way.

The greening grass heard the news and sent a message down into its roots...

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An All-American grandmother’s fan quilt from the estate of AAGPBL player Jaynie Krick.

The crack of the bat is in the air and many a mind turns to baseball. Soon the TinCaps will be promoting "Pitch n' Stitch" and we'll be in the stands working on our needlework projects hopefully under a warm sun and gentle breeze. Please contact me for discounted tickets if you wish to join us.

In 1992 Penny Marshall directed the film "A League of Their Own" a fictionalized account of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. The women played baseball and entertained the crowds...

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"So why do we salute the flag, kids?" said Abraham Lincoln Bahdziewicz.

Woodrow Wilson Bahdziewicz, the oldest of the Bahdziewicz kids, raised his hand.

"Yes, Woody?" said his dad.
"To say thank you for the United States of America..."
"No it isn't," said John Kennedy Bahdziewicz. "It's to pledge ourselves to the flag."
"And what's that mean to you, Johnny?"
"That says it's our favorite flag."
"Well ... yes, I guess so, but Woody's also right. It's a way of saying thank you for this country of...

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You'll be blessed reading my column this month, not because I wrote it, because I interviewed my friend, Annemarie D., about her homeschooling experience with her children. Her listening ear, encouragement, and advice were priceless to me when I decided to remove my daughter from "the brick schoolhouse."

I asked Annemarie what worked best for her, "Hoosier Academy, Indiana's online free public school system was the best! It was organized and a lot of work, but we got it all done. I liked the...

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