Waynedale Leisure & Entertainment

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The sun is shining brightly on our hills today, although a wayward wind is laced through the sunshine. The cardinals are squabbling over the bird feeder, but it seems to be the females that are doing the fussing. I heard them singing early this morning, their "purty-purty-purty" ringing out in the chilly air. Though they sing at any time of the year, it seemed to me that they were practicing their spring song.

They are beautiful birds and make a showy picture when perched on a green pine...

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James Griffin gets a close up view of a 1940’s Dresden Plate quilt undergoing restoration.

Valentines are in the air and talk of love is everywhere! (So much for sappy poetry.)

You can go to any card shop, grocery store or pharmacy and find the usual array of cards for spouses, lovers, kids, teachers, etc., but a valentine for your Alma Mater? No way!

I am a graduate of Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne and hold a degree from both schools. I used to alternate paying alumni dues between the two mother schools but stopped a couple of years ago because their alumni...

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A few snowflakes drift down on our hills this morning from an overcast sky that seems to promise more snow. The air is still, but very cold and the landscape seems oddly deserted. Even the cardinals have left the bird feeder and gone to roost, possibly in a warmer spot. It is a true winter day, and we also burrow back in our homes after doing the outside chores in a hasty fashion.

However, it is still a day which the Lord hath made, and we need to rejoice and be glad in it. We have a warm...

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Sweater from Fort Wayne’s Rockin’ Ruby’s Vintage purchase by the costume designer for the mini-series The Astronaut Wives Club.

The Astronaut Wives Club: a true story by Lily Koppel is now an ABC ten-part mini-series projected to air this spring. The series like the book chronicles the wives of the Mercury Seven astronauts as their lives are put under the microscope of pubic scrutiny as their husbands are hailed as national heroes.

For those of us who lived through the 1960s and watched US space exploration progress from orbiting the earth to landing on the moon, the astronauts and their feats were common 6 o'clock...

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I started out the year well, determined to lose weight. I worked out every morning for quite a while, and barely saw the weight drop, though I could tell I was putting on more muscle. Then, as usually happens, there came a week when I was burning the candle at both ends, and trying to squeeze out one more minute for exercise was absolutely impossible.

After having missed one week, it was easier to exercise fewer days the next week, and fewer the next, and soon I had given up altogether. Every...

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We turn another calendar leaf, and a New Year is spread out before us. Unused, unspotted and blank. The beginning of another year brings a desire to make each day count; to live it to the fullest. I am just now beginning to realize what the psalmist meant when he wrote, "So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom." (Psa. 90:12)

As we get older, it sometimes comes as a shock that we don't have that many days left. A short time ago, Criss exclaimed to me (I don't...

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