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Should the county emergency management agency office duties be a separate office?
Nancy Whitaker

The woes of a turkey PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 10:52 AM


By Nancy Whitaker

I love Thanksgiving and everything about it. Being thankful to God for our blessings, a big turkey dinner and seeing family members is all a part of this special day.

We all know the stories about the first Thanksgiving and how the Pilgrims celebrated. In November, 1621, after the Pilgrims’ first corn harvest proved successful, Governor William Bradford wanted to have a feast, so he invited the colonists and their Native American allies, which included the Wampanoag chief, Massasoit.

Let's get the party started PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 10:33 AM



By Nancy Whitaker

If you are like me, you will find any excuse to “have a party.” I remember when I was little, I would sit my doll (I only had one) on a chair up to a little table, set out my little tea set and serve myself and my doll water. To me that was having a party.

When I started school, there were all kinds of little parties to celebrate the different holidays. I remember being in grade school and having Halloween parties. What fun it was to get dressed up in a costume and parade around to the other classrooms.

Penny for Your Thoughts PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, November 14, 2013 9:35 AM


By Nancy Whitaker

What kind of things did you do as a kid? We’re so mature now and so much wiser. We now have real and different issues to deal with and decisions to make, now that we are all grown up.

Sometimes when we enter adulthood, our lives become too busy, too controversial, too fast-paced, too boring, too exciting or just plain mediocre.

Well Seasoned PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, November 06, 2013 1:34 PM


By Nancy Whitaker

As the seasons pass, I see beauty and joy in all of them. Each season brings something to admire and look forward to. There is the heat of the summer, the glorious colors of fall, new fallen snow in winter and a rebirth of life in spring.

One of my favorite times of year is fall. It is now in full swing with color adorning the leaves on the trees, farmers in the fields harvesting crops and orange pumpkins on the vines. Red juicy apples are in the markets along with apple cider and sweet cinnamon sticks.

The other night we were on our way home and it was dark. However, we could see farmers in the field with their tractor lights on, busily gathering in their harvest. Just seeing those farmers in the fields late at night, made me feel blessed, secure and happy to know that these efforts of the farmers help feed America.

'Thers's a Kind of Hush' PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 9:07 AM



By Nancy Whitaker

We are surrounded by sounds in our daily life. We listen daily to clocks ticking, horns blaring, coffee machines buzzing, alarm clocks ringing, tires squealing, dogs barking, flies buzzing, sirens screaming and babies crying, just to name a few.

Now, there are some sounds that are down right irritating and then there are other sounds which are soothing, relaxing and comforting.

Some people say they can’t stand the sound of fingernails screeching over a blackboard. Some ladies (and men) find their spouse’s snoring unbearable to listen to.

Just enjoy the ride PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 2:13 PM



By Nancy Whitaker

It seems as if our whole world is in a hurry. We hurry to go to work and then we are in a hurry to get home. When we get home, we rush to cook dinner, do the dishes, feed the dog and take out the trash.

I have decided that I must be one of the slower moving people in the world, because I am never in a big hurry to go to or to get anywhere. In fact, I hate to hurry.

I know I frustrate people, because it takes me forever to get ready to go anyplace. Men can jump in the shower, dry off, get dressed and comb their hair within 15 minutes. It takes me that long just to decide if I want to take a bath or a shower.

Good news or bad? PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 2:58 PM


By Nancy Whitaker

Everyone should get a little good news, not just today, but every day. Sometimes the news and headlines make us feel insecure, sad, out of touch and even depressed.

I am constantly listening to and reading news reports. Making the news this week was the government shutdown, shootings, plane crashes, automobile wrecks, rapes and murder, just to name a few.

Bad things happen to good people everyday. I have recently heard someone say, “I don’t even watch news reports, because it is always bad.” However, there is good news out there. Here are a few good things that happened recently.

Slow, old fashioned or set in my ways? PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, October 09, 2013 12:58 PM


By Nancy Whitaker

Well, a lot of stores have done it already. We have not celebrated Halloween or Thanksgiving yet, but the Christmas decor and gifts are already making their appearance on the shelves of stores.

I wouldn’t be afraid to bet that a lot of people already have their Christmas shopping done. I have decided that I must be old fashioned, maybe slow or just plain “set in my ways,” because I hate to see the seasons rushed.

Yes, we all get busy with the holidays. For Halloween, there isn’t really a lot of preparation, but I still like taking the time to go into different stores and see the new decorations and costumes.

Fill it up to the top PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, October 02, 2013 2:23 PM


By Nancy Whitaker

Popcorn and movies go together, just like bread and butter. One of the extra bonuses of going to a movie theater is the delicious snacks. Even though they don’t show the “Let’s all go to the lobby” commercial, everyone knows that “the lobby” is where goodies are sold.

Recently, Hubbie and I went to see a movie called, “The Family.” I knew it was a dark crime comedy and I am one who hates anything scary. But, at least I could eat good, hot, buttery popcorn and just kick back and relax.

Burger junkie PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 1:50 PM


By Nancy Whitaker

New food. New burgers. Have you heard about them? I consider myself a sort of “foodie.” I like to read cookbooks, try various recipes and an not afraid to try different kinds of food. I really enjoy fast-food and always have. To me, a dollar burger tastes great.

Now, I can remember back to when hamburgers were a quarter apiece and sometimes five for a dollar at a fast food restaurant. What a treat it was to stop in Fort Wayne on the way home from a shopping expedition and get hamburgers and fries. Back then, that was the main fare of fast-food restaurants.

There were no wraps, iced coffees, yogurts, pulled pork or chicken nuggets and definitely not very many choices if you wanted to eat “healthy.”

Through the years, so many fast-food restaurants have made their appearance. There are fast food restaurants for chicken, subs, ice cream, hot dogs, fish, tacos, and chili.


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