THE GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PAST

Every Christmas season brings back a flood of memories for most of us. Some recollections make us smile while others are tinged with sadness, especially after parents, relatives and close friends no longer are with us.

Some of our favorite remembrances involve our less than enthusiastic young children

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RULES FOR HAPPINESS

This story concerns a 92-year-old, petite, proud man who is fully dressed each morning by eight o’clock, with his hair fashionably coifed and face shaved clean, even though he is legally blind.

Since his wife of 70 years recently passed away, it was necessary for him to move into a nursing home.

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WHO YOU CALLING A LOSER?

Have you ever been called a loser? In our culture, the will to win and succeed as it seems to be all that matters. No one is given much credit for being second best. Today, winning has morphed into beating countless, faceless others in anything – even if it’s just getting to the next traffic light

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LET THE DEVIL WALK ALONE!

I’d like to propose a saying for our current times: “Rudeness walks with the devil.”

It seems we experience rudeness a hundred times a day and often may be guilty of it ourselves. Something happens to many people when they get behind the wheel of their vehicle. Both men and women often take on

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A HOME FOR BAXTER

My wife, Marty, has served as a volunteer at Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control for more than 17 years. She’s come home with dozens of stories of animals – mostly about dogs and cats – some with happy endings and a few with sad outcomes.

Baxter was a two-year-old male turned into the shelter

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NOT THE ‘BEST’ MAN

Many consider June as the wedding month. And every time it comes along I’m reminded of a wedding I was a part of but in no way thought to be the “best” man, especially by the bride’s mother.

Carl was my roommate our senior year in college. Following graduation, he asked me and Tim, another

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I CAN’T HEAR YOU!

This Memorial Day all of us should be encouraged to remember and appreciate the people who died while serving in our country’s armed forces. Though I never saw action, I am both proud and privileged to have served in the U.S. Army Reserves.

Memorial Day is both a solemn occasion, often involving

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APRIL FOOL: A DAY TO LIVE DANGEROUSLY?

April Fools’ Day is one of the most light-hearted — and “dangerous” — days of the year. Its origins are uncertain. Some see it as a celebration related to the turn of the seasons, while others believe it stems from the adoption of a new Gregorian Calendar in 1582 by Pope Gregory

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Vince LaBarbera

Vince LaBarbera is a Fort Wayne native. He attended Cathedral Grade School, Central Catholic High School and is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in communication arts. He also earned a master of science degree in journalism and advertising from Northwestern University’s

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‘DON’T ANSWER THAT!’

On March 7, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell received a patent for the telephone. It’s a wonderful invention, but with the relatively recent proliferation of cellular phones worldwide, the use of the instrument is fast getting “out of hand.” Or should we say, “it’s not getting out of hand;”

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CHEERS TO THE HOLIDAYS!

Offering a toast at holiday gatherings of family and friends is said to have begun with the Greeks. However, our Greek ancestors considered the toast a precautionary step before drinking to avoid being poisoned, a longtime favorite way to dispose of an enemy. To ensure that those drinking the wine

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REMEMBERING TRAILBLAZERS OF YESTERYEAR AT THANKSGIVING

Are you into genealogy? If not, you probably don’t often think about your ancestors. We’re not just talking about grandparents, but those who came from “the old country,” literally blazing a trail in the wilderness to build a cabin, raise a family and struggle to earn a living, usually off

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‘HOLLOWEEN’ IS COMING

Lately, I think of Halloween as “Holloween” because it’s not the event it used to be!

In North America, trick-or-treating has been a Halloween tradition since the late 1920s. But a just few years ago, it seems, parents began to accompany their youngsters from house to house or follow along in

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USE WHAT TALENTS YOU POSSESS

Ever witness someone do something extraordinarily well, like during the recent Rio Olympics for example? You might think, “He or she is so talented. I wish I could do something half as well!”

I’ve played the trumpet since fifth grade. I took lessons, performed in contests, participated in marching,

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‘EATING HUMBLE PIE’

In the mid-9th century in our country, anyone who had occasion to “eat his words” by humiliatingly recanting something would be said to “eat crow.” In the United Kingdom they “eat humble pie.” The “unpalatability” of crow seems clear so we’ll stick with pie!

“It’s Hard to Be Humble,”

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SURVIVING A GARAGE SALE

As a youngster, I remember our one-car, cement-block garage as a very special place. It was cool, and smelled of a mixture of oil, gasoline and grease. Real boy stuff! Best of all, the garage housed “a secret place” – a dried-up cistern, where I could hide the things little boys consider “valuable:”

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A HEART WRAPPED IN FUR

He was a year-old shelter dog. But even an animal deserves a second chance in life, so we adopted this shaggy, skinny mutt along with his behavior baggage from possible abuse and neglect. For more than 13 years he brought calamity, chaos, character and charm into our lives.

Finding an appropriate name

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THOUGHTS ON FATHERHOOD

My mission as an expectant father for the first time in 1967 was to get to the hospital before the baby reached the end of the birth canal. Back then, Dads-to-be were not allowed to go with their wives any further than the delivery-room doors, but were confined to the “Stork Club,” a small room

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HONORING THOSE WHO DIED

Recently I was driving north on Ardmore Avenue. when a funeral procession approached from the south. I was pleasantly surprised and gratified when the cars and trucks ahead of me all pulled to the side of the road as the funeral procession passed.

Although it isn’t always a legal requirement for

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ST. THERESE FOOD PANTRY HELPING FEED THE HUNGRY

The St. Therese Emergency Food Pantry had its beginnings in the early 1950s shortly after a St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) conference was established at the parish in 1949, said Cheryl Mowan, district president of the Society in the Fort Wayne area.

“People used to come to the church office at 2304 Lower

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GRAB YOUR BASKET! IT’S TIME FOR THE WAYNEDALE EASTER EGG HUNT

The Waynedale Community Improvement Team (WCIT) and several area businesses will again sponsor an Easter Egg Hunt for the Waynedale Community at the Southwest Conservation Club on Saturday, March 26, beginning at 10:00 a.m. The Conservation Club is located at 5703 Bluffton Road.

This is a free outdoor

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MERRY ‘TREES MESS’

To misquote Joyce Kilmer’s poem Trees, “I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree – unless it’s artificial!”

Now don’t get me wrong, I love real trees, especially evergreens. We’ve moved many times, but we always make sure there’s an evergreen

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BUGERT’S RETIREMENT ‘FAR ‘N AWAY’ FROM BORING

“I’m a volunteer kind of guy and not one of those people who sits in an aluminum chair in the driveway watching the cars go by…. I’ll be darn if I’m gonna get bored,” quipped Jim Bugert. In retirement he lives by a quote from RoseAnn McCarthy, a high-school classmate:

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WELCOME FATHER TETEH

Fr. Lawrence Teteh, CSSp, recently assigned to St. Therese Parish, 2304 Lower Huntington Road, was installed as pastor at an installation Mass on Sunday, August 21, at 10:00 a.m. Msgr. Bernard Galic, episcopal vicar for region E of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, celebrated the Mass. Msgr. Galic

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A HEART WRAPPED IN FUR

He was a year-old shelter dog. But even an animal deserves a second chance in life, so we adopted this shaggy, skinny mutt along with his behavior baggage from possible abuse and neglect. For more than 13 years, he brought calamity, chaos, character and charm into our lives. He was loving almost to

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