MEMBER OF A BAND

We were in a theatre production, and the men’s changing room was nothing but an old converted closet. We were stuffed tight in there, which made for times of joking, telling stories, and barely getting into costume before the opening scene. One night we were still getting dressed when the preshow

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CHEATER CLOTH QUILT A FAN FAVORITE AT MAUMEE VALLEY QUILT SHOW – Around The Frame

Who would have thought a cheater quilt would take second place for viewer’s choice award at the Maumee Valley Antique Steam and Gas Association’s quilt exhibit?

For those of you not familiar with the term “cheater cloth” it’s cloth printed to resemble a traditional quilt pattern. Purchase

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CAMPING OUT WITH A SINGLE TARP – Home Country

This is going to be good, Dud thought, bringing his new tarp out to the car. There it was on that computer site. How to camp out with just a single tarp. I’ve been looking for something like that for a long time now.

Amazing what you can find on the internet.

He couldn’t get Anita to go with him,

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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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GRAFFITI ARTIST

A truck was approaching, and I recognized some art work on the side and smiled. I thought back to the first day of class a couple of years earlier. The students were introducing themselves. When we got to Wyatt, his introduction was unique.

“I am a graffiti artist,” he said.

“Not like the graffiti

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NEW ITEM ALERT!! – Homeowner Rx

Home Wireless Video Surveillance Cameras

Have you seen the reports on the evening news where someone had a video camera mounted on their front porch and it caught someone sneaking up and taking a UPS package? Or a video camera that catches someone walking up to a back door of a home in the middle of

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COULDN’T BE MORE SATISFIED WITH THIS YEAR’S GARDEN – News From The Hills

The days are growing a little shorter and in summer’s melody there can be heard a sad note of fall now and then. Gardens continue to produce prolifically, and the harvesting and canning keeps the country housewife busy from daylight to dusk. The full cellar shelves and well-stocked freezer gives

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THE TATTOO

Sunday, after church, we loaded our harp into the van, then, connected the van to the tent trailer. We were soon on our way to a music camp for our daughter Elliana to be part of an orchestra and a choir. We arrived at our destination shortly before five in the afternoon and rushed to the school where

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IT’S THE FRUITFUL TIME OF THE YEAR – News From The Hills

“If the first week of August is unusually warm—the coming Winter will be snowy and long.”

“For every fog in August, there will be a snowfall in Winter.”

“If cold August follows a hot July, it foretells a Winter hard and dry.”

From Weather Lore
The dog days of summer are dwindling

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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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JUST WAIT… SEPTEMBER’S COMING – Home Country

Billy had to get his chores done early. It was the heat, of course. Now that it’s summer, he no longer has to escort the kids across the street while Martin holds the sign. No kids at the crosswalk for a couple of weeks now.

So Billy, being the official town dog, was still kind of feeling his way

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LOIS ON LOIS – Around The Frame

The Pieceful Quilters second biennial quilt show held August 4-5 in Monroeville was very nice. Many of the quilts were laid out over church pews and a few were hung up. There were machine and hand quilted, appliqué, pieced and embroidered quilts of various sizes and designs. The numerous vendors

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LOVELY JOURNEY THROUGH JULY – News From The Hills

Midsummer heat beams down upon the hills now, and we are surrounded by green hills, green meadows and green lawns. Summer flowers are appearing in fields and along highways, brightening the landscape and pleasing our senses. The brilliant blue chicory blossoms abound along roadways, cheering the traveler

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VIRGINIA GUNN’S FAVORITE QUILTS – Around The Frame

Celebration 2017 at the Quilters Hall of Fame in Marion, Indiana exceeded my expectations. In one day I met up with my friend Robin, who summers at the family farm in Fairmount, Indiana, met Quilter’s Hall of Fame inductee Virginia Gunn, attended lectures on red/green quilts and quilt fads and walked

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MIAMI INDIAN HERITAGE DAYS PRESENTS LACROSSE STICK MAKING

The History Center continues the Miami Indian Heritage Days this Saturday, August 5 at the Chief Richardville House, 5705 Bluffton Road, Fort Wayne.

Learn about the lasting heritage of the Miami and other regional Native American groups. Each year local artists, performers, and presenters are featured

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LOTS OF LOVE – Home Country

Bert and Maizie were down at the swimming hole on Lewis Creek the other day. Saturday it was. The sun was bright hot and these two lovers had found a nice patch of shade near the tire swing tree where they could sip iced tea and watch the youngsters.

The little kids were in the shallow wading area,

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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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PIECEFUL QUILTERS 2ND BIENNIAL SHOW SET FOR AUG 4 & 5 – Around The Frame

Looking for a fun time with the kids as their summer vacation winds down? Then head off to Monroeville Harvest Festival August 3-5. A parade, trivia, photo, cutest baby contests, a horseshoe tournament and rides for all ages will make your day. And when the hunger pangs strike there’s all of that

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THE REWARDING GARDEN – News From The Hills

Hot and full-blown, summer comes breathlessly into the hills. She blows her sultry breath over the countryside, coaxing the gardens to grow and flourish, and covers the hills with thick, green underbrush.

The early garden crops seem to grow overnight, while the weeds grow almost as fast as the vegetables.

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DISCUSSIONS OF TRIVIA IN THE CHECKOUT LANE – Home Country

It happened in the checkout lane down at the Soup ‘R’ Market last week. We discussed it thoroughly, of course, and no one knows yet what to make of it.

As sometimes happens, when we are glancing at the tabloids to see who fathered Bigfoot’s new baby, we get into discussions of trivia. Annette

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COWBOY CAMP DAVID – Home Country

Steve waited until all the horses went through the sale Saturday morning (I mean, you never can tell when the world’s perfect horse will be sold for a buck and a half, which was about what he was carrying). Then, when they started on the cull cows, he looked at his companions questioningly, and

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VIRGINIA GUNN: THE 2017 INDUCTEE INTO THE QUILTERS HALL OF FAME – Around The Frame

Historic textile research champion Virginia Gunn has been selected as the 2017 honoree in The Quilters Hall of Fame. Virginia’s induction will take place during Celebration, July 20-22, 2017 in Marion, Indiana.

This is a well-deserved honor for a woman who has made the scholarly research of quilts

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JULY HEAT – News From The Hills

Our hills simmer under July heat, as the sun beats down relentlessly upon humans and animals alike. Hound dogs hunt for shade under automobiles or porches, while humans seek their air-conditioned homes. Those who have to work outside take frequent water breaks, and protect their heads with wide-brimmed

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WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A GIRL

I was scoutmaster to eighteen boys. On Tuesday nights I handled the scouting activities, but on Sundays, though I met with them in their church class, another man taught them. But one week, after he finished the Sunday lesson and everyone was leaving, he stopped me.

“Daris, I would like you to teach

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