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Waynedale Leisure & Entertainment

Kick back and relax, you deserve it! All of the stories in this section are unique, original entertainment by our local Waynedale, (Fort Wayne) Indiana columnists, created just especially for you. Our columnists love to hear from their dedicated readers, view our columnist's biographies and e-mail them here.

A TIME TO REND AND MEND - AROUND THE FRAME

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Six months ago Rabbi Mitchell Kornspan officiated at the funeral and internment of my friend Ralph Tourkow. Before the funeral begins, Rabbi Kornspan cuts the mourning ribbons worn by Ralph's closest relatives in a symbolic gesture of rending their garments, which reflects the tear in the fabric of their lives. The ribbon attached to a badge is worn on the left side over the heart to grieve a parent and on the right side to grieve a spouse, child or sibling.

The custom of rending garments can...

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HOPE OVER HYSTERIA

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Seventy five years ago this week, millions of ordinary Americans were convinced that the world was coming to an end. They came to this conclusion, not because Hitler was rattling his sabers in Europe and the entire world teetered on the verge of war. Rather, these fears were fueled by a broadcast aired from a small CBS radio studio in New York City.

Orson Welles took to the airways on October 30, 1938 as the usual host of the Mercury Theater, and using the science fiction book, War of the...

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THE SCARIEST - SCHINDLER SEZ

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Don't worry about the dead ones in the cemetery...it's the live ones that will bury you.

The Scariest
Who's the scariest of them all,
The goblins or the ghosts?
The monsters or the booger man,
Which one scares us the most?

No one's afraid of the friendly ghost,
He's holier than thou.
He never scared a single soul,
And doesn't want to now.

What about the booger man?
His reputation grows,
He scares us not but makes us laugh,
With his finger in his nose.

Monsters been in lots of movies,
We see them every...

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PEAR HONEY - NEWS FROM THE HILLS

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We are wrapping up the tag ends of summer, hurrying to finish warm weather tasks, getting ready for the colder weather ahead. Just as the woodland animals are storing their food for winter days, we are also filling the potato bin, stocking the cellar shelves with glass jars of canned vegetables and putting away food in the deep freezer.

Fall butchering is now done; the animal carcasses hang in the cooler waiting for the cutting and wrapping before being put away in the freezer. It is a...

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FRANKEN BLANKEY! - AROUND THE FRAME

Details Franken Blankey quilts may be brought to Born Again Quilts for a complimentary autopsy now through Halloween. Franken Blankey image courtesy of graphic designer Robin Koller, Columbia City.

Happy Halloween! October 31 brings back fond memories of walking through rustling leaves while trick-or-treating with my siblings around the neighborhood whether on a cool crisp night or a foggy soggy one. Nearby Hillcrest School's PTA would host an annual Halloween party where kids whether students or not would attend, launch themselves down the haunted (fire escape) tunnel, bob for apples and munch on homemade popcorn balls, a treat no school today would ever dare allow to be served. Fifty...

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DIFFERENT GENERATIONS

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It was harvest time, and Dolores struggled to feel like she was of any value. From the time she was a young married bride, she had worked beside her husband in the fields. She had been as proficient at running a horse team as any man. Later, as times changed, she learned to work tractors, trucks, and every other kind of farm equipment.

But things continued to change, and as she grew older, she found herself being replaced, first by her sons and daughters, and then by her grandchildren. They...

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