Waynedale Leisure & Entertainment

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This month I continue my interview with Shawn Ambrose, a homeschooling father and member of the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), about homeschooling and Hoosier Academy.

Shawn explains why two attorneys and homeschooling dads, Mike Farris and Mike Smith, founded the HSLDA in March 1983, “Homeschooling was just a tiny blip on the educational radar. The age-old concept of parents teaching their children at home had fallen into obscurity. Families, who chose such a “nontraditional”...

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As I watched the veterans ride by on a big trailer in the Fourth of July parade, I was reminded of a good man I had grown to know and love.

I first met Bob the day the men from the church I attended had gathered to cut and haul wood for a widow in our community. I was twenty-five, and the only one under fifty that showed up, so I was assigned the job of throwing the blocks of wood into the truck.

I would pick up one in each hand and fling them onto the load. After a while, I realized that Bob...

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The Barna Group is a long-tenured research organization that tracks “spiritual indicators” and the role of faith within American culture. Barna maintains massive databases on everything from Americans’ TV-viewing habits to weekly church attendance, and its data is used extensively.

A recent Barna study, commissioned by the American Bible Society, sought to determine the level of “Bible-Mindedness” in this country’s largest cities. The rubric for the study was simple: Participants who claimed...

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The thunderstorms keep coming, the grass keeps growing, the garden is saturated, and still it rains. Some of the vegetables are thriving, such as squash and cucumbers, which like this tropical weather, while our sweet pepper plants have succumbed to the water.

So far we have been able to place our extra crop of squash in good homes, but there have been years when we were so overpowered with this vegetable (plus zucchini) that we had to sneak and put bags of it on the neighbor’s porch (after...

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Anna Westmire (1828-1916) and her square and compass quilt.

About a month ago Beth Conway contacts me asking if I could meet with her and her father John to help them gain some insight into an antique family quilt. The quilt is a beautiful hand quilted red/white quilt that is one of the most popular two-color combinations as far back as the 1840s and still popular today.

Beth shares a photo of the quilt’s maker Anna Westmire at age 73 taken in Miller, South Dakota where the quilt was made. Anna (1828 -1916) is John’s great-great grandmother.

Most...

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Days like this, said Doc, a guy has to get out and get his yard work done early, before it gets too hot.

“So when does it get too hot, Doc?”

“Oh, about three o’clock in the morning. Makes it a toss-up. Do you get up early without the benefit of coffee and conversation and go weed the petunias with a flashlight, or just stay up late and party, and weed them before going to bed?”

“Is this a multiple choice, Doc?” said Steve, ever the practical cowboy. “Was this a rhetorical question or can we...

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