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"Springtime is coming, sweet lonesome little bird, your echo in the woodlands I hear." Spring has finally come in its fullness. The songbirds know it; you can hear them singing at daybreak; a melody full of hope and rejoicing. The song dies away later in the morning when they have to go about their daily business of building nests and feeding their young.

The trees too have heard the siren call of spring as tiny leaves begin to pop out on bare twigs, and apple trees flourish with their pink...

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A WW II  souvenir “Mother” pillow and its sentimental poem.

You find them in antique stores and flea markets: the souvenir satin pillows edged with fringe. These pillows addressed to "Mother", "My Wife", "Sweetheart" or "Daughter" followed by a sentimental poem were purchased by enlisted men during WWII to send back home as a token of endearment. The pillow covers often bear the name of a particular military branch or base and the graphics range from hearts and flowers to flags and eagles to tanks and artillery.

This May I celebrate my first Mother's...

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Once upon a time, the animal kingdom decided it must do something to help humanity face the challenges of the world. So the animals organized a school. They adopted a systematic curriculum consisting of running, climbing, swimming, and flying. All animals were required to take all the subjects.

The duck was excellent in swimming, made above average grades in flying, but was extremely poor at running. Since he was slow in running, he had to drop swimming and stay after school for additional...

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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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