Waynedale Leisure & Entertainment

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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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"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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