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.

You'll be blessed reading my column this month, not because I wrote it, because I interviewed my friend, Annemarie D., about her homeschooling experience with her children. Her listening ear, encouragement, and advice were priceless to me when I decided to remove my daughter from "the brick schoolhouse."

I asked Annemarie what worked best for her, "Hoosier Academy, Indiana's online free public school system was the best! It was organized and a lot of work, but we got it all done. I liked the...

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The spring songbirds are lifting their voices in praise to their Creator this morning; they have deserted the feeder and are singing from the tree tops. Song of Solomon says it best, "For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle (dove) is heard in our land; the fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell." (Song of Solomon, Chapter...

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Recently at a Pierceton antique shop I came across two identical satin whole cloth medallion quilts: blue on one side and yellow on the other with a scalloped edge. The tag stated they were silk but my eyes and touch told me they were satin most likely made in the 1920s or 30s – not in the 1800s. Whole cloth quilts came back into fashion as a response to the extravagance of the Victorian Era. The Arts and Craft Movement that followed called for a more simpler line and style. In 1932 the U.S...

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It was late February, and the temperature was about -20 degrees when I went to take care of the pregnant cows. Buttercup, who was past due, was nowhere to be found. Instead there was a hole in the fence, and beyond it were hoof prints in the two-feet-deep snow. The full moon shining off of the snow made tracking her easy. A slight melt, followed by a freeze, had made a snow crust hard enough I could walk on the top.

Buttercup's trail led a half mile east and then crisscrossed. As I debated...

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Bright sunshine glitters on a snowy landscape, and the sky is bright blue. It is a drastic change from yesterday's gray, lowering clouds and snow that kept coming. It was a fluffy, soft snow that swiftly covered roads, rooftops and landscape. Birds flocked to the feeder, as if stocking up on victuals for worse to come, much like shoppers crowding the grocery stores for milk and bread.

Traffic almost came to a stop, except for a few hardy souls that crept along on ice and snow-covered roads...

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I confess, I didn't know much about coverlets except that they are woven on looms so when I was asked to take a couple on consignment, I knew I had my work cut out for me.

After reading basic information online, I decide to contact Walter Font, Curator of the History Center to ask his assistance in discovering more about my specific two. When it was initially unfolded a note fell out stating "Blue & White Coverlet with fringe. Mary Malley Becker's Grandmother JC Toorhies Waldrick."...

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