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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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Barbara Allen’s contemporary poppy quilt is a tribute to those who died fighting for our freedom.

I love a parade and there is no finer one than the Waynedale Memorial Day parade. When I was in junior high my older sister Karen played her flute in the parade as a member of the Elmhurst Marching Band. Now forty-four years later thousands of people still line the streets to show their gratitude to the men and women who served their country and come to the Prairie Grove Cemetery to hear the roll call of the veterans who passed away since the previous Memorial Day and to hear the 21 gun salute...

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The average person enjoys a little pampering in their life. When it comes to toilet paper, most consumers want the strongest, softest rolls available. However, the effect these luxurious sheets have on a home's plumbing could be costly in the long run.

"Many homeowners fail to consider their toilet paper as a cause of their clogged toilets," stated Glenn Gallas, Mr. Rooter Plumbing Franchise Consultant and former Mr. Rooter franchise owner and plumber. "But, the softer and stronger a sheet of...

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Rifling through old family records I discovered the obituary of my great-grandmother. Her name was Ola Whitfield, a simple woman born in the 19th century, and so much like the other sharecroppers in the Deep South at the time.

She worked hard, was sparsely educated, remained anonymous to the greater world, birthed a farmhouse full of children, and died young. Much too young, from an infection that would likely be cured by a single round of antibiotics today. She lived only 36 years.

Of...

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