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Just enjoy the ride
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 2:13 PM

 

JUST ENJOY THE RIDE

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.

 
Shutting down?
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 3:00 PM

 

Shutting down?

In My Opinion By Joe Shouse

I don’t know how you feel about the government shut down, but I am tired of hearing about it. I suppose by the time this gets in the paper it could be all over. Fortunately I am not so sure it has affected me all that much. Time will tell. However, I was thinking of some shut downs that would immediately affect me if they took place.

 
'Some day you'll understand'
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 2:59 PM

By Jim Langham

She calls me “Booger,” and laughs the moment I walk into the room.

“Grandpa’s funny,” she said last weekend as we sat in the backseat together on our way to a lunch on Saturday. Of course, we had just broken a rice cake together, our own little special, “breaking of the bread.”

The joy of hearing her say, “I like Grandpa’s food,” was a moment of ecstasy, an epiphany of the heart as three generations of memories converged on my mind at the same time. I recalled how I used to stand beside my Grandpa Langham’s pipe stand in Woodburn and threaten to stick my hand down into it.

“Oh, you don’t want to do that,” he would say. “There’s alligators down there.”

 
Good news or bad?
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 2:58 PM

GOOD NEWS OR BAD?

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.

 
Plants do the strangest things
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 2:57 PM

By Kylee Baumle

Plants are like people. They come in all shapes and sizes and colors and while they all share some basic similarities, their personalities are just as diverse. There are plants that make the world a better place for their fellow rootmates just by being in it and there are those that, well, frankly, the world could probably do without.

Poison ivy, for example. We all know what its claim to fame is and that fact alone is enough for me to vote it off the island. In all fairness though, it’s a vine that helps prevent erosion and its berries provide food for wildlife. But there are plenty of other plants that do those things and could take up the slack if poison ivy were to disappear forever. Good riddance, I say!

 
'The Sounds of Silence'
Wednesday, October 09, 2013 12:59 PM

'The Sounds of Silence'

By Jim Langham

The tune of the oldie, “The Sounds of Silence,” is playing in the back of my mind as I think about the unexpected gift that continues to grow within as I walk on trails in area reserves and rustic quiet spots.

Especially on Sunday afternoons, the Black Swamp Reserve has become a refuge from the ensuing stresses around me and God’s creatures seem to agree. One evening as I pulled into the parking lot, two beautiful female deer were standing in the parking lot.

Surprisingly, rather than breaking away from me, they stood and eyed me over as though they were greeting me to a balm of quietness in the midst of a busy world.

On that particular evening, wild gold asters lined the path surrounding quiet ponds as a relaxed egret seemingly turned the body of water into its own nature spa.

 
Slow, old fashioned or set in my ways?
Wednesday, October 09, 2013 12:58 PM

SLOW, OLD FASHIONED OR SET IN MY WAYS?

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.

 
Time to plant the garlic!
Wednesday, October 09, 2013 12:58 PM

By Kylee Baumle

Just when you thought it was safe to put away the garden spade and hang up your gloves, along comes October, the month of colorful leaves (for putting into the compost), and first frost. It also means it’s bulb planting time, but you knew that already.

Those sweatshirt days and weenie roasts nights are the perfect time for planting the hope of spring – tulips, daffodils, crocuses, and alliums. Alliums? You know the ones – those giant balls of purple that look like oversized lollipops in flower form. There are others too, that are barely a foot tall, and some look like fireworks exploded at the top of a stem.

But did you know that garlic is an allium, too? If you’ve ever planted the flowering types of alliums, you have likely caught a whiff of the oniony odor that their bulbs give off. The smell of garlic isn’t a whole lot different from that of an onion, so it’s not surprising that they both belong to the same family tree.

 
Fill it up to the top
Wednesday, October 02, 2013 2:23 PM

FILL IT UP TO THE TOP

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.

 
Let's drink to apples!
Wednesday, October 02, 2013 2:20 PM

By Kylee Baumle

My husband and I have taken many, many evening walks down our road over the years.  As far as country roads go in these parts, this one provides some interesting scenery. There are the neighbors that have an assortment of animals, a cemetery that has many familiar names, and we cross two creeks lined with wildflowers.

Many years ago, we also noticed a mature apple tree growing in the deeper ditch on the west side of the road about three-quarters of a mile south of our house.  I’ve always been curious as to how it got there, knowing that there are random apple trees planted by Johnny Appleseed in our general area.

 
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