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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.

SIX BOYS & THIRTEEN HANDS

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Each year I am hired to go to Washington, D.C. with the eighth grade class from Clinton, WI where I grew up, to videotape their trip. I greatly enjoy visiting our nation's capitol, and each year I take some special memories back with me. This fall's trip was especially memorable.

On the last night of our trip, we stopped at the Iwo Jima memorial. This memorial is the largest bronze statue in the world and depicts one of the most famous photographs in history — that of the six brave soldiers...

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ON MAKING MOVES

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It was now or never! Tony Kanaan had wanted it all his life. He'd been in the lead on 221 laps in previous Indianapolis 500's, and never won. They were all on the yellow flag caution. Three laps left. If he didn't make a move, and there was another yellow lap coming up, he'd be stuck behind and couldn't possibly win.

So when the restart came, he zipped around the leader and roared to the lead. Almost immediately after, there was a crash – another yellow caution flag came out, and he was...

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CHOOSE TO BE HAPPY

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"There is something rotten in the state of Denmark." That is a centuries old phrase from William Shakespeare's masterpiece, "Hamlet." Going back to your high school English class, you might remember that strange things were indeed going on in Hamlet's world.

His father, the Danish king, had been murdered. His uncle was behind the conspiracy and had taken over the country. Ghosts and apparitions were visiting the castle. One of the characters finally states the obvious: "Something is fishy...

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HOT & MUGGY DAYS - NEWS FROM THE HILLS

Details Alyce Faye Bragg

The air is hot and muggy today, as an impending storm draws closer. There is a low rumble of thunder in the background, and the little Jack Russell terriers crowd closer to my feet. Minnie is especially scared of thunder, and trembles at the sound. When we were youngsters, lightning and thunder were one of our greatest fears.

We were attending Hagar Grade School, when a sudden thunderstorm rolled in. Our school was located on a slight hill, and a huge oak tree spread overhanging limbs on the...

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UGLY-PRETTY QUILT - AROUND THE FRAME

Details Joanne Sauder and the Ugly-pretty quilt set to be auctioned to benefit others.

Ugly-pretty: A term I learn while watching Tyra Banks' America's Next Top Model TV show where the contestants dress, design make-up and pose in unique settings to make themselves look fascinating and ugly.

Last fall Joanne Sauder visits the Born Again Quilts studio with an estate sale quilt top find in hand. She relates how a fellow member of the Grabill Community Quilters (GCQ) exclaimed, "That's ugly!" when the group got its first look at it. From that point on it was known as "Project...

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A SAINT GOES MARCHING IN

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Years ago my oldest son asked me a question: "What is a saint?" When you're driving along with a numb mind at day's end, as I was, that's not the type of question you are prepared to answer. So I splattered out, "A saint is someone who does what God wants them to do." My son answered, "If that's a saint, then why did New Orleans choose that as their football mascot?" I didn't have an answer for that question either.

What is a saint? Well, we often think of saints as being holy or remarkable...

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