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The blame game

To everything there is a reason, that’s a given, but it doesn’t have to be reason enough for quitting, giving up or staying stuck. The blame game makes sure nothing ever changes in a life except the excuses and there can be a bevy of excuses to cover any singular circumstance.The blame game is a vicious circle, enabling the players to remain victimized in every situation that they are unable to assume responsibility. One can never become whom they want to be if they kee...

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Something old, something new, something for everyone

When planning a new season, performing arts organizations must walk a narrow path, offering new and exciting artists and events while maintaining traditional values and continuing to appeal to those who have supported past presentations. Darke County Center for the Arts must use diverse methods to meet the needs, hopes, and likes of local citizens and to fulfill its mission of cultural enrichment for our community. And DCCA’s upcoming 2014-2015 season, rooted in tradition but taking win...

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Eye to eye

An old segment on the Today Show: A mother had posted a picture on Facebook. A friend had seen the picture of the daughter noticing something out of the ordinary. She told the mother that her child should see a doctor as soon as possible. The thing that caught the eye of this friend was a white spot on the eye of the child. A doctor diagnosed that she had a cancer in her eye and would lose the eye. It could have taken her life. The quick observation of a friend saved the child’s life....

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Love and trust

Feelings, real love, infatuation or just an attachment? How do you know what you feel for someone is the real thing?There are different kinds of love, some are easy and require no explanation. The love of a child, the love of a sibling or parent, this is a love that just happens naturally. It’s a love that is born and requires nothing but accepting.All love comes with trust on some level. Trust is the main ingredient of love, without trust, no love can survive. Thi...

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Summer Recipe Series, Part I

These are some requested recipes from readers as part of our “summer recipe series.” The Amish Cook will return in its regular format later in the month. Enjoy!An Amish Cook reader in Highland, Indiana requested a recipe for blueberry muffins with a splash of lemon. Try this recipe which comes from an Amish settlement in Maine where blueberries are plentiful during the summer!BUTTERMILK BLUEBERRY LEMON MUFFINSMakes 24 muffins3 cups flour...

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Auglaize County - a great place to live

West central Ohio is the best place in the world to live work and rear a family. I am fortunate that our local papers print Statehouse Updates, but often we forget to talk about how great our local communities are. For the next few months I will periodically focus a column on the unique characteristics that make each county in western Ohio the best place to live work and rear a family. This month I will discuss Auglaize County.Auglaize County is known for manufacturing and agricult...

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Freedom is from God

“George Washington who is sometimes called the father of our country. As a youth, I remember hearing miraculous stories of George Washington being preserved in battle, such as, removing his clothes at the end of the day and finding four bullet holes but no wounds.

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Dumb and Dumber

One of my Dad’s favorite “Along the Garden Path” columns was an article that tells about a conversation God and St. Francis had on lawn care.GOD: Frank, you know all about gardens and nature. What in the world is going on down there on the planet? What happened to the dandelions, violets, milkweeds and stuff I started eons ago? I had a perfect no-maintenance garden plan. Those plants grow in any type of soil, withstand drought and multiply with abandon. The nectar...

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Who let the dogs out?

We finally trained the pups to stay in the backyard even when the gate is open.The book says such training is accomplished by making your pet believe that any time he does anything you disapprove of he will be caught. In effect, we humans should seem to be everywhere all the time.Even with a family totaling 10 this isn’t easy, but we made it one Sunday morning. We put the pups in the yard and went on the paper route without noticing the gate was open.Whe...

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The family tree

This past 4th of July weekend Krista buried herself in a couple of documents for hours. Between the sort of contemplation about forbears that this holiday may naturally stimulate and the relative peace and quiet our household enjoyed as a consequence of Abby’s absence (she was camping with her friend Taylor and Taylor’s family), “madre amigo” had both the motive and the opportunity to indulge a growing passion: amateur genealogy.

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Changes to teacher evaluation system beneficial to all

As teachers are beefing up on the latest techniques on how to educate our children this coming fall, school districts are considering changes to how teachers are evaluated. Effective with the 2014-15 school year districts may choose an alternative teacher evaluation framework. The new options were amended into HB 362 as the bill worked it’s way through the legislature.

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Lots of activity in New Madison area

The weather was perfect, the town was busy with activities, and the fireworks were spectacular.The Fireworks Committee can be thanked for the latter two components of a perfect holiday at home. The cars were lined up on all roads leading to New Madison and the lawns were filled with good laughter and excited children. The national birthday really does have its own traditions and fun events. Maybe it is partly the time of year when everyone can relax and enjoy the aroma of grills an...

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More Coffee and Conversation in July

Tom and Liz Stephens will host the third session of the summer series “Coffee and Conversation” on July 12 held at the Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society beginning at 10 a.m. This series has been a fun time to relax and exchange memories about growing up in Arcanum and Southern Darke County.

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YOLO: Do it right and once is enough

Remember last winter when we all took the oath not to complain when the summer heat arrived? How are you doing with that promise? Between the rain and humidity we find ourselves busy cutting grass and weeding.

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You’ll have a real good time

Darke County Center for the Arts’ annual “Barbecue and Blues” fundraiser takes place July 11 at Turtle Creek Golf Club. This event has grown in popularity every year since its inception because (1) it’s fun for the whole family; (2) raising money for DCCA is truly worthwhile; (3) being outdoors on a summer evening with a congenial crowd feels so good; (4) the food is delectable; and (5) the music is awesome! Oh, and tickets are just $10, so in addition to all those thi...

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Strawberry Pie

2014 is halfway over already. Hard to believe!The sun is shining after a rainy week so we are taking advantage of the beautiful day. Benjamin, Joseph, Lovina, and Kevin are out in the garden pulling weeds. M y how those weeds took over! Our garden is looking great other than the weeds.Our days are filled with all the work that summer brings. We canned rhubarb juice and put lots of strawberries into jam and pie filling. Our strawberries were all from sister Emma’s p...

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The way young drivers use to start out driving

When I was growing up, I couldn’t wait to drive. To me driving meant that I was a grown up and would be taken seriously. I grew up in the country where you could drive a tractor or an old truck in the fields to bale hay and you didn’t have to wait until you had a driver’s license to drive in the field. So that is where most of my generation began.I remember hearing stories from my mom and dad and their driving adventures. They were much more interesting than mine ...

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