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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.

WILD ASTERS - NEWS FROM THE HILLS

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The little wild asters are making their appearance now, leaning over the creek as if watching the yellow leaves floating by. These are the blue-petaled flowers with yellow centers, probably the New England aster. They grow in clumps this time of year in wet thickets, meadows and swamps.

There are so many varieties of wild asters, from the calico aster which is distinguished by the fact that they are at first yellow, and later turn purplish-red. Sometimes there are several colors on one plant...

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FEATHERS AGLOW - AROUND THE FRAME

Details Feathers Aglow by Judith Thompson was inspired by traditional quilt designs and techniques.

MASTERPIECES QUILTS OF INSPIRATION: FEATHERS AGLOW

Happy Autumn! As the days begin to grow shorter and the nights stretch longer, I look back over this busy past summer. So much accomplished---so much to do. The Born Again Quilts façade project is only minor adjustments away from completion, quilts have been completed or restored and community and church groups have gained knowledge on how best to keep their quilts healthy and properly stored. As many projects have been completed, many more...

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SETTLE DOWN

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"Maybe it's time for you to settle down." Those were my words to a friend who was seeking a bit of help with his unhappy life. It's not that his life was an out-and-out disaster. He had all the trappings of contentment: A good job, a beautiful wife and family, a comfortable home, and a bright future. Still, he wasn't happy.

Truth be told, this was no new phenomena. I had never known him to be happy for terribly long. He didn't suffer from hopelessness, depression, or despair. He simply wanted...

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SWINGING ON THE PORCH - NEWS FROM THE HILLS

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Swinging on the porch swing in the gathering darkness. . . only the monotonous sound of the night bugs. . . tree frogs singing a sleepy good-night. . . an old song runs through the mind. . .

"Once in the dear, dead days beyond recall.
When on the world the mists begin to fall,
Out of the dreams that rose in happy throng,
Low to our hearts love sang an old sweet song."
Chorus:
"Just a song at twilight
When the lights are low,
And the flickering shadows
Softly come and go.
Though the heart be weary,
Sad...

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SUNFLOWER MEMORIES - AROUND THE FRAME

Details Carole Sorg’s Sunflower Memory quilt.

The fabrics of our lives often end up in the quilts we make. The second-place Viewer's Choice award at the Maumee Valley Gas Engine Association Show went to Hoagland quilter Carole Sorg's quilt "Sunflower Memories".

The sunflower block is also known as grandmother's sunburst, friendship ring and dresden plate. Typically the "petals" of the first three peak at the middle while the dresden plate petals are rounded. No matter what it's called this block along with grandmother's flower garden and...

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A CONSPIRACY OF KINDNESS

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An ancient story often retold but never without relevance, has one of the Egyptian Pharaohs making a strange request of his priests. As the sacrificial ox was being slain at the altar, the Pharaoh demands that the holy men bring to him the holiest portion of the animal, and that part of the animal most evil. In the end, the priests brought Pharaoh only the tongue.

This reflects the parallel wisdom of an equally olden Jewish proverb: "Death and life are in the power of one's words; they hold...

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