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Walk a mile in my shoes
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 3:01 PM

By Jim Langham

I can’t imagine what it’s like to walk in the shoes of a waitress, but both of my daughters used to fill me in when they came home from an evening's work at a nearby eatery.

“This one lady is so nice, she always asks us how we are doing and seems like she really cares about us.”

“There’s this couple that comes in and you can never make them happy, never! They are always going to find something wrong with their place setting, food and the way that I serve them. My heart droops every time they walk in.”

Wolves in sheep's clothing
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 2:59 PM


By Kylee Baumle

As we drive along our rural Paulding County roads, the predominate color of the landscape in August is green. It’s considerably greener this year than in past years and certainly greener than 2012, but there are little pops of color here and there.

White is a color too and there’s an abundance of Queen Anne’s lace, oftentimes interspersed with lavender chicory. The goldenrod is beginning to bloom, as is the deep purple ironweed (aptly named, if you’ve ever tried to pick some barehanded for a bouquet).

In the ditches, you can find the pink blooms of both common and swamp milkweed, although much of that is going to seed by now. But there’s a deeper pink, a more vibrant, almost neon pink that can be seen in various spots around the county.

Love 'em all
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 2:58 PM



By Nancy Whitaker

I remember my grandma telling me when I was little, “You should love everyone, but you don’t have to like their actions or their ways.”

I like to believe we have all been in love with somebody or some thing. One of the strongest bonds of love is between a mother and her children. I guess I call this, “Motherly love.”

One of my truest deepest loves is for my children and grandchildren. Even though my children are all grown up, I still worry about them, pray for them and love them with all my heart.

The writings of Gene Stratton-Porter
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 1:37 PM


By Jim Langham

There’s not a day goes by that is not inspired at some point by the writing and philosophy of an author who was referred to in her time as the “first woman botanist” in America.

Candy Kisses
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 1:36 PM


By Nancy Whitaker

I think one of my favorite things in the whole world is candy. Candy is sweet, lifts the spirits and is a tantalizing morsel made to tickle our taste buds.

Through the years, I have tasted many kinds of candy and can recall the many varieties we used to have. When I was little, I would go down to the local grocery store and stand for hours in front of the candy counter, deciding what kind of candy I wanted to spend my few pennies on. Yes, back then you could get a piece or two of candy for a penny.

One kind of candy I have never cared for is licorice. At one time all licorice was black and tasted nasty to me. My taste buds were not tickled at all by that strong anise flavored candy.

It's a small world after all
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 1:35 PM

By Kylee Baumle

In the last few years, because of my garden writing, I’ve had the opportunity to travel to some places I’ve never been. I get to meet some industry professionals as well as other backyard gardeners and it’s satisfying to connect with others who share this passion for growing.

We all have our “small world” stories, those circumstances where we’re hundreds of miles from home and we run into someone from our hometown, or we find out that we have a mutual friend, though the two of us have never before heard of one another.

While gardening is a widespread pastime for many, in the grand scheme of things, it’s a pretty small niche, especially when you consider those who take it to a level where it plays a part in how they make a living.

He is just a dog
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 1:31 PM

He is just a dog

By Bill Sherry

In his column “Homespun,” Jim Langham wrote last week, “It has been 12 years since our home experienced the loss of our last dog. Our Benji, which really did look like a Benji, had gone to his reward, the end of a lifetime chain of ‘departing dog broken hearts.’” What a statement – is that all there is for our dog friends, who are always willing to wag their tails in happiness to see us come through the door, bring their favorite toy and drop it at our feet because they want to play, or do all those doggie tricks for a small treat and a pat on the head? I am afraid so; our dog friends go through life trying to please us and taking our rejection and sometimes neglect with their tails wagging in hope to hear us say “Good Doggie.”

Here we go again!
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 2:59 PM

By Kylee Baumle

Just like summers past, this one is flying by. The tulips and daffodils are long gone and we’ve been enjoying the fruits of our labors in the veggie and fruit gardens for some time now.

Those with smaller gardens are likely just doing maintenance tasks like weeding and deadheading, while we who have more flower beds than sane people should, are still moving plants and laying down mulch.

And now it’s time to start planting again! Actually, sowing seeds for a fall harvest began a few weeks ago, but there are still many things that can be planted now if you are speedy about it. That means you have to do it NOW.

The 'tales and tails' of Tia
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 2:47 PM

By Jim Langham

It has been 12 years since our home experienced the loss of our last dog. Our Benji, which really did look like a Benji, had gone to his reward, the end of a lifetime chain of “departing dog broken hearts.”

Two of the children were out of the home and Jason was just a couple of years from graduating. A general consensus had been given that there would be no more training sessions with a new doggy and no more sorrow from departing dogs.

So I was quite surprised one Saturday late when I arrived home, opened the door and was met by two little creatures that both ran across my shoes and excused themselves.

It was a rather solemn greeting to the news that Jason and Joyce had made an executive family decision to adopt not only one, but two new pets into our home.

Hello? Hello?
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 2:45 PM


By Nancy Whitaker

Have you ever taken two empty tin cans, put a hole in the bottoms of them and tied a piece of string between them? This is what we used to call “walkie talkies.”

I bet kids today might make fun of our old fashioned way of trying to communicate with each other. However, let me say this, “Kids are sure more technically minded now than I am, or ever was.”

In this world of video games, iPods, Internet, and iPhones I think I may be getting left behind. I see my little grandsons playing with a hand held game or some type of iPad and they sure appear to know what they are doing.