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Do we have too much news available?
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 1:41 PM

By Nancy Whitaker

DO WE HAVE TOO MUCH NEWS AVAILABLE?

How things have changed in the past 50 years. Growing up in the country in the 1950s era, I know we did not have access to the news like we do now.

Back in those days, we would gather around the radio to listen to the news or perhaps subscribe to a weekly newspaper. We also had those “party line” telephones and each time the phone rang someone's ring, we would sneakily take the receiver off the hook and listen in to find out what was new.

 
The wonder of music
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 1:40 PM

By Jim Langham

In the midst of the turmoil and fear of the last week, a very peaceful occasion occurred to a man who may have touched as many lives as anyone in our time, at least through the mode of music.

At age 104, George Beverly Shea, the stirring gospel singer for over 50 years in Billy Graham crusades, passed away in his home, located just one mile away from the home of his good friend, Graham, near Montreat, N.C.

Finally, in the life of this godly, humble man, the words of one of his favorite songs, “Until Then,” became reality.

“But until then, my heart will go on singing, until then, with joy I’ll carry on, until the day, my eyes behold that city, until the day God calls me home,” Graham would sing.

 
Mad for tulips
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 1:39 PM

By Kylee Baumle

The anticipation of spring and its delay in arriving this year made us embrace it with more enthusiasm than usual. That makes it hard to believe that we’re already past snowdrop, crocus and reticulated iris season. We’re into daffodils and tulips now and our gardens have exploded in glorious rainbow colors.

Tulips are an interesting lot. Originating in the mountains of Turkey (it’s their national flower), the cultivated tulip that comes to mind for most of us has been hybridized from a much smaller species. We have many hybrid tulips in our landscape, but my favorites by far are the sweet little species tulips.

Miniature anything usually has a cuteness factor and tulips are no exception. But beyond that, species tulips are known to be much more reliable about coming back year after year and even naturalizing, than their hybrid cousins.

 
Introducing Herb Monroe
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 2:02 PM

 

By Ron Lane • Guest Columnist

Introducing Herb Monroe

Good fortune has given me any number of wonderful tasks to perform. I have had a very lucky life. A real treat for me was years ago when I was asked to introduce a speaker at the senior center. He was about to make a presentation to an assembled group of really good people.

When you present someone who is going to speak, you need the proper balance of building them up, but not over promising. I remember thinking about it, but it came to me quickly, decent respect but not over done.

Here’s how it went, “Ladies and gentlemen, it’s my honor to present to you the nicest man God ever made, ‘Herb Monroe.’”

 

These past few months, thanks to great Paulding people who earnestly work for the betterment of our community, Herb is being rightfully honored. The beautiful park that is named for this wonderful man is uppermost in people’s minds and will be a great addition to our town.

 

It’s as though Herb is still with us in some ways. You can’t help but see him extend his hand, know your name, your husband’s or wife’s name and enough about you to make you feel completely comfortable. In this way, Herb continues to be a warm part of any day.

So what do we take from this? None of us is ever going to be another Herb Monroe. Everyone that knew him misses him. When we go to his park, maybe we can be a little more like him. Let’s try.

When you’re in the park, think about what it would be like to enjoy people, seemingly all people. What it must be like to actually remember people’s names. If we would do this we would smile more often, like Herb did.

Let’s honor this park. Be in a good mood when you visit it. If you should have an unpleasant thought while there, take a walk and come back when you can smile.

Ron Lane is a guest columnist for the Paulding County Progress.

The opinions stated are those of the writer, and do not necessarily reflect that of the newspaper.

 

 
It is here!
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 1:39 PM

By Nancy Whitaker

IT IS HERE!

It is amazing how much better we feel physically and emotionally when the sun is shining. After what seemed to be a long, dreary winter, the appearance of sunshine has improved our moods, eased our aches and pains and made us feel good all over. At least we know that the elusive sunshine is paving the way for a nice hot summer.

In addition to birds chirping, flowers blooming and the appearance of those pesky ants, I look at some more things going on that lets me know, “Spring is in the air.”

 
Living by nature
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 1:28 PM

By Kylee Baumle

When asked for directions to a certain place, some people will say, “Go one mile to 127, turn left, and go three miles north,” while others will say, “Go down the road until you get to the high school, turn left, and go until you see the big church on the left.”

Both sets of directions will get you there, in spite of them being quite different; one uses miles, the other, landmarks. As I drove to Fort Wayne today, and knew very well how to get there, I found myself looking for landmarks all the same.

Some things change over time, while others stay the same. For the most part, we expect buildings such as schools, churches, and courthouses to be around for a very long time. But, there are other things that remain constant through the years too. I’ve come to expect sights and sounds peculiar to each season.

 
Why I'm not an air traffic controller
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 1:52 PM

By MaryBeth Weisenberger

Why I’m not an air traffic controller

I was sitting on the top bleachers at a high school basketball game with a good friend recently when I turned to her and blurted out despondently, “I could never be an air traffic controller.” Being my good friend, she was used to these random statements from me, so she wasn’t startled in the least. In fact, she looked at me intently and, knowing full well she was about to open a serious can of worms, inquired, “Why not?”

 
A new crop of garden books
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 1:52 PM

By Kylee Baumle

Just like the garden, gardening books have seasons. Though there are new ones coming out all the time in all months of the year, you’ll see more new ones than usual in spring and the months leading up to it. That’s not by accident. Towards winter’s end, gardeners new and old are ready to get up off the couch and out digging in the dirt, so they are more likely to seek help via books.

It’s not that I think you can learn everything about gardening by reading a book, because there really is no greater teacher than experience.

 
Is it in the water?
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 1:50 PM

By Nancy Whitaker

IS IT IN THE WATER?

How many products do you see on the market designed to help YOU look, feel, act and stay young?

I do believe that men as well as women are continuously looking for that magic tonic, pill, drink or powder which will reverse the aging process.

There are face creams to erase wrinkles, serums to make lips fuller and colored contacts to make eyes a different color.

There are gel nails, spray tans, false eyelashes, toupees, wigs, extensions to make our hair longer, lifts for shoes and surgery on selected places which could make a woman (or a man) look bigger or smaller.

 
Tough love in the garden
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 2:10 PM

By Kylee Baumle

Every year I make the same vow – no more plant heroics. If a plant isn’t performing well, it’s outta here. With perennials alone, there are too many wonderful things available so there’s really no room or reason for keeping stragglers and prima donnas. One of the nurseries I occasionally order plants from has over 1,000 perennials suitable for our zone (5b/6a) alone – more than enough from which to choose!

Yet there they are – surviving, not thriving – and still green. If they still have green on them, they’ll be fine, right? If the sun shines in just the right way, the rain falls at the perfect time, and I remember to fertilize when they need it, they’ll make a turnaround and eventually live up to the expectations I had when I planted them.

 
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