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True confessions
Wednesday, August 07, 2013 1:52 PM

By Kylee Baumle

Let’s get personal, shall we? When I worked in private practice as a dental hygienist in New Haven, Ind., I did my grocery shopping there before heading home. It never failed that I would encounter a patient or two and they’d not so subtly inspect what I had in my grocery cart.

Let there be candy or a box of Lucky Charms in there (and there nearly always was) and they couldn’t help themselves. I’d be queried, “You eat THAT?” And then there would be clucking and shaming because surely all dental personnel only eat healthy foods, right? I know this comes as a shock to most, but we’re normal people with bad habits.

 
I still have some work in me yet
Wednesday, August 07, 2013 1:51 PM

By Jim Langham

Recently, I had the opportunity to meet a 99-year-old man across the line in Indiana who just retired from his management of a small rural store, just retired, as a matter of fact, two months ago, at the request of his family.

Howard Pharr claims to have retired after a 95-year career of working, beginning with field work on the family farm on the side of a farm in northern Georgia. That worked increased by the time he was 7 years old and his father was disabled with health problems.

When he launched out, he was still a teenager and he and his brother would haul produce from Georgia to Michigan, then load Michigan potatoes and return to Georgia. Along that route, there was a small “truck drivers’” restaurant with a young waitress named Ruffine serving coffee.

 
The dreaded doctor visit
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 1:34 PM

The dreaded doctor visit

By Joe Shouse

I hate going to the doctor. I know, hate is a strong word. My folks taught me at a very young age how wrong it is to hate people. So, let me again clarify what I am saying. I’m not saying I hate doctors, I am simply saying, I hate going to the doctor. Most men my age probably hate going to the doctor.

So, about three weeks ago I had to put my hate to the side and make the dreaded visit to my new friend. This trip was going to be a little different. Moving to a new area, I had to find a new physician willing to take new patients. I looked online and quickly found a handful of doctors in my area taking new patients. By the time I eliminated those whose name I could not pronounce and those who just didn’t look like a doctor I would trust, I finally settled on one.

 
Breaking news
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 1:34 PM

BREAKING NEWS

By Nancy Whitaker

Whatever happened to newscasters like Walter Cronkite or Paul Harvey? We have so many different ways of hearing and viewing the news. We have television, access to Internet news and yes, we still have radios and newspapers. We hear good news, bad news, old news and new news.

Every news station shouts out, “Breaking news. Breaking news.” I think, “Oh my, what just happened? Is there a major earthquake, tsunami or plane crash?”

Nine chances out of ten, the breaking news will be something that was reported two weeks ago. Chef Paula Deen, teen Trayvon Martin, Jody Arias and disgraced politician Anthony Weiner are some of the people recently paraded through the media.

 
My favorite flower
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 1:31 PM

 

By Kylee Baumle

In one of my garden writer online groups, someone recently posed the question, “What’s your favorite flower?” Most of us have one, but few of us want to be limited to a single choice, making this a difficult question to answer.

To everything there is a season, and so it is with flowers and favorites. Depending on the time of year and sometimes even the day that you ask me, I’m as fickle as a 13-year-old girl when it comes to declaring which flower I love best.

In earliest spring, it’s the snowdrop, for perhaps obvious reasons. It isn’t one with raucous colors, which you might think would appeal to me after a relatively colorless winter. But this flower that defies the elements and pops out of the ground and shyly shows its white petticoats decorated with little green hearts lets me know that life goes on and announces that spring will come.

 
Hazy, crazy daze of summer
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 1:56 PM

Hazy, crazy daze of summer

By Bill Sherry

Summertime has arrived in all its splendor and warmth, well, more like heat, more heat and humidity. Are you complaining yet? If you are complaining or even thinking about complaining about the heat, hear this:

1. July is almost over

2. It is less than a month until school starts

3. The last day of summer is less than two months away and you know what happens when the hazy, crazy summer ends, brrrrrr!

 
Choosing to grow organically
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 1:55 PM

Choosing to grow organically

By Kylee Baumle

Organic is one of today’s buzz words that’s used so much that people don’t pay much attention to it anymore.  Say something is organic and people aren’t even quite sure what that means.

Miriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary defines it (in relation to agriculture) this way: “of, relating to, yielding, or involving the use of food produced with the use of feed or fertilizer of plant or animal origin without employment of chemically formulated fertilizers, growth stimulants, antibiotics, or pesticides.”

Few people would argue that gardening organically is best not only for the environment, but for the health of the humans who eat what’s grown there. Yet, how many of us still use non-organic products on a regular basis so that we can have that perfect lawn, that perfect tomato, that perfect rose?

 
Here's to the 'T'
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 1:54 PM

 

HERE’S TO THE “T”

By Nancy Whitaker

I stop and think back, “How did we ever stand the heat when I was growing up? How did we stay cool?”

We had no air conditioning, very few fans, no swimming pool, plus, my mama made me wear goofy dresses.

I do believe that when you are young, the heat doesn’t seem to bother you as much. In fact, we would all play outdoors from early morning till sun down. We ran barefoot through the grass, stepped on bees, fell and skinned our knees, but I never once recall it being “too hot” to play outdoors.

 
Truly a moment not made by hands
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 1:53 PM

By Jim Langham

A special moment occurred last week, one that was so meaningful to me that it couldn't have been put together with planning, had I even tried.

I was in my hometown and decided to stop at a local restaurant for a cup of coffee. There is, in that restaurant, a counter that everyone refers to as “the horse shoe.” It is shaped as such and local people gather there for their coffee klatches, especially in the morning and in the afternoon.

When I walked into the eatery, I noticed the presence of a very special person in my life, Don Gerig, my high school band director. In his middle 80s now, Mr. Gerig has remained active in music through his retirement and for many years directed a men’s chorus in the community known as the “Edelweiss Singers.”

 
What's blooming now?
Kylee Baumle
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 2:19 PM

By Kylee Baumle

If someone were to ask you what’s blooming in your garden right now, you might say Rose of Sharon, daylilies, roses, and any number of annuals such as petunias, marigolds, begonias, or Cosmos.

But what about God’s garden?

In the glorious weather we’ve had for the past week, my husband and I have been taking walks down our road and we’ve noticed a large number of native wildflowers in bloom along the roadside and in a field that’s been allowed to lie fallow.

 
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