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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.

POPPIES - AROUND THE FRAME

Details Marie Webster’s poppy quilt pattern as featured in the 1912 Lady’s Home Journal. © Rosalind W. Perry, used with permission.

Poppies of the Field
In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

Thus begins the poem In Flanders Fields written by Lt. Col. John McCrae, MD (1872-1918) Canadian Army. The poem has endured for nearly 100 years and is as meaningful today as it was for the army surgeon who wrote it while watching wild poppies in a Belgium field gently blow in a breeze near the grave of a...

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RAFTER E - HOME COUNTRY

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When the Rafter E branded recently, a bunch of us went out to help. It's a badge of pride to have worked your way up the branding ladder.

As a kid, you flank the calves; you grab them, throw them and hold them down. This is conducive to abrasions, muscle strain, and involuntarily changing the color of your shirt.

As you get older, you get to handle the branding iron, then move up to giving shots. After that comes ear marking. When you reach the pinnacle of branding, that is, when you own the...

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SCHOOL’S OUT

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Curtain climbers. Yard monkeys. Cherubs. Whippersnappers. Ankle biters. Urchins. I don't know what you call them, but our children have been turned loose on the world. School is out for summer (at least it ends this week here where I live). By the end of summer I'm afraid my description of these little animals will be a bit stronger. I'll be ready for them to return to the classroom.

Still, I appreciate their euphoria. I can recall the butterflies that formed in my stomach as summer break...

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THE WISDOM OF SIMPLICITY

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In Paulo Coelho's brilliant little book, The Alchemist, the author tells of a young lad sent by his father to a wise man to discover the secret of happiness. The wise man lived in a magnificent, faraway castle complete with sweet music, beautiful artwork, delicious food, and sprawling gardens. It was a wonder of the world.

After a long journey to the castle and waiting for hours to speak to the sage, the boy finally gained an audience. The wise man listened to the boy's explanation for his...

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NEWS FROM THE HILLS - MOTHER'S DAY

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The last day of April dawned bright and sunny. Songbirds were warbling merrily; the purple lilac's heavy blossoms wafted a heavenly scent across the yard, and vied with the lavender azalea bush for beauty. It was a perfect spring day to be enjoyed to the fullest.

Daughter Patty called and suggested that we clean the cellar on such a fine day. By the time she got up to our house, I had another idea. "I would love to go up Hick's Holler," I suggested. It is not far from our house, and has always...

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MOM AND ME: FABRIC SHOPPING - AROUND THE FRAME

Details Lois Eubank and mother

Growing up in a family of six children, my mother sewed a great deal for her family: neckties for dad, dresses and jumpers for the girls and shirts for my brothers. I imagine all of us kids were presented with at least one pair of pajamas or nightgown.

To accomplish all of this sewing requires tremendous yards of fabric, notions and patterns.

I remember fondly the trips to Southgate Plaza to visit House of Fabrics, JC Penney's and Stillman's. Sometimes we'd hit Sear's too and in the later...

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