Gloria’s birthday present and mouth-watering barbecue pizza

Dear friends both far and wide,Hello from Flat Rock, Illinois! We’re having a full, yet interesting week. There are two things I’m especially looking forward to for this week. One is a brand new armoire my husband is making for my birthday and the other is a new pony that will be arriving on Friday. Hopefully in a week I’ll be able to fill you in on more details about the pony.

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Photography..a record of time

I remember as a small child that I enjoyed looking at pictures. I especially enjoyed this when I was visiting my great grandmother and my grandmother. As you can see photography is a family tradition in my family.My great grandmother, Pansy, would pull out her big round tin where she kept her pictures. They were not in any order to speak, but she always knew what she was looking for. She would let me look through the pictures and answer my questions about each picture and the peopl...

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Excesses, new and old, in political campaigns

Recent bantering in online comments about the huge amounts spent in modern presidential campaigns got me to thinking. Is our spending on this unprecedented? I decided to do a little research, to learn how our ancestors dealt with this event, and was surprised at what I found.In the early years of the republic, gentlemen would be asked by other elite leaders to “stand” for political office, and the candidate’s commonly-acknowledged character and experience were exp...

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Wayne HealthCare nurse contract negotiations

It was with a great deal of disappointment that the Wayne HealthCare (WH) negotiating team, Administration and the Board of Trustees read the recent “press release” and comments from members of the Wayne Professional Nurses Association (WPNA) negotiating team.The definition of the verb “respect” is to “admire (someone or something) deeply, as a result of their abilities, qualities or achievements.” Any definition of “respect” that inc...

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Halloween celebration this Sunday

Rainy weather has slowed autumn’s harvest of farm crops. Perhaps fields will be open and busy by the time this column appears.Heard a weather report last night that was highlighted by saying this winter’s weather will be less severe than last year. Less heavy snow and less frigid days. I am not sure if that matches the woolly worm predictions but it certainly caught my attention.The leaves have been turning into splendid splashes of color and driving through ...

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Boulders, mountains and moons

The author Kurt Vonnegut wrote that it might be a great mistake that the universe contains matter that “…can think and feel. It complains so.” Often, “it” (i.e., we) also thinks quite poorly.There are occasions—many occasions—when I look at one or more of my children in the aftermath of some event and wonder (sometimes aloud), “What are you thinking?”. There are other occasions when I stare them down and exclaim (sometimes silen...

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Politics and religion

(Houston, Texas, October 2014) “The battle over a controversial equal rights ordinance is heating up in Houston, Texas, with revelations that the city has subpoenaed church sermons, among other documentation, from five local faith leaders.Officials have requested that these preachers deliver communications that have focused on homosexuality or the contentious equal rights ordinance, which these individuals have fervently opposed.The subpoenas, which were issued las...

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Generation Square dedicated

Generation Square was established in 2012 by the Arcanum Garden Club on the grounds of the former Arcanum High School and Elementary building(s) on North Main Street. Earlier this month on Oct. 5 a ceremony was held to dedicate the new trees, urns, benches and the fountain that have been erected in Generation Square.

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Ingredients for Christian strength

Let’s say you came over to my home and told me you were hungry.“Oh, I can take care of that; let’s go into the kitchen” is my joyful reply.You sit at the kitchen table as I rummage through the cupboard. After a while I bring a sack of flour and a spoon, set them in front of you and with a mammoth smile on my face proclaim, “Enjoy!”I immediately notice from, the look on your face, that you are not content. In an attempt to sa...

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Genuinely worship Him

In past years I had the privilege of attending and experiencing an incredible Easter drama called “The Living Cross” at a church in Fort Wayne, Indiana.At this presentation … as you entered the church auditorium you were transported back 2000 years into the heart of Jerusalem. The sights, the sounds, the animals, the hustle and bustle of vendors, the smells and even the tastes! The 2 1/2 hour production was exciting, moving, humorous and challenging … yet, i...

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How do you relax? Do you take time to smell the roses, visit with friends and family, read a good book, pick up a hobby, take a walk, enjoy a massage, or get plenty of rest? I certainly hope you do because we all need to take time for ourselves. If we don’t treat ourselves with respect how can we expect the respect of others? After all part of taking care of your self is learning how to take time to relax and rejuvenate.

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“Silver Cleaning Day” is a tour de force of curves and reflections, the perfectly rendered pitchers, teapots, creamers and sugar bowls of the title joyously reflected in each other’s surfaces. Strands of pearls project spherical depth in “Faith, Beauty, and Sustenance,” a stylish painting of a golden lamp in front of a golden planter that features a wooden chest overflowing with jewels.

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Thank you Darke County Foundation

Editor:The Darke County Park District would like to extend a HUGE thank you to the Ami McClurkin Community Fund, administered by the Darke County Foundation. Through the generosity of this foundation, The Darke County Park District was able to offer several musical performances and the ever-popular horse and wagon ride at the annual Prairie Days Festival.Almost 5,000 visitors attended the Prairie Days event this year. Staff and members of the Friends of the Parks receive...

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Open house a success

Editor:On Oct. 5, the City of Greenville Fire Department held a Fire Prevention Open House with the theme “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!” Various activities for attendees included guided station tours along with a fire hydrant with house and fire hose/nozzle for kids to experience flowing water, fire extinguisher training, thermal imaging camera demonstrations, blood pressure readings were taken and Ident-a-Kid program was offered.

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Harvest time, possible dangers to be aware of when driving

It is harvest time. It’s a beautiful time of the year. It’s fall, the leaves are changing and will soon be falling. Colors couldn’t be more brighter or more intense. But there are dangers lurking on our country roads.Our farmers are harvesting crops. It’s a necessity and a way of life. Everyone who drives a vehicle should take special care when driving this time of the year. Be respectful. We all are anxious to get to our destination but we need to sit back,...

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