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Pampered or spoiled?
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 2:09 PM

By Nancy Whitaker


Our dog, Baylee, is a spoiled little Shih Tzu. At age seven, he is still frisky and has became an important part of our family. Born with only one testicle, cross-eyed and with a double set of teeth, we fell in love with him at first sight.

At the time we got Baylee, we also had an old wiener dog named Brownie. Baylee and Brownie became best friends until Brownie hit age 19, became ill and left this earth for “Doggie Heaven.”

Since then, Baylee gets all of our attention and trust me, he knows it. He turns his nose up at his dog food almost daily and knows we may just share our dinner with him if he doesn’t eat his own.

A happy place
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 2:08 PM

By Bill Sherry

There is one season of the year that really warms my heart and makes me feel good all over (or at least as good as can be expected at my age); that season is spring. I have experienced many spring seasons and in my opinion this has been one of the coldest, most miserable springs I have ever experienced! But, I know that my own advice would be, “Just wait a month or two and you will be complaining about the hot weather as we enter the summer months.”

Sitting on the board
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 1:18 PM


By Nancy Whitaker

Sitting on the board

I was amazed to find out how many groups and organizations there are in Paulding County and how many are ran by a group of board members. In fact, there is a list of organizations in a public online report, which includes schools, churches, hospitals, mental health facilities, senior centers, health departments, nonprofit groups and many more entities where decisions are made by a board.

Sometimes a board of directors will have as many as 12 members or as few as three. Some board members are elected and get paid but the majority give of themselves and are volunteers.

If you are sitting on any type of a board, you must take the position very seriously and be familiar with group policies.

Blue and green do match
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 1:17 PM

Some of the fondest memories from childhood are centered around my father after he purchased an Argus C-3 35mm camera.

To make things even better, I was given a Brownie Starflash camera for my birthday that year. In my estimation, we made the perfect team of capturing the blended colors of nature on film.

Dad always liked matching colors in various natural settings. We took a day trip to Brown County to capture the circus-like beauty of nature’s quilt spread over the southern Indiana hillsides.

The passion of the Christ in nature
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 1:16 PM

By Kylee Baumle

As Easter nears, I’m reminded of its parallels in nature. It’s not a far stretch to try and apply the miracle of Easter to the natural world around us. After all, if you believe the way I do, God has His hand in all of it. Over the years, believers have assigned religious legends to plants and several have persisted to this day.

I’m not a psychologist or a philosopher, so I won’t presume to know why human beings do this, but it’s a common thread in nearly all civilizations. Let’s look at some of them, as they relate to the Christian celebration of Easter.

When you think of Easter plants, what comes to mind? Easter lilies are likely to be the first thing you think of, but this flower is one of the newer traditions, compared to most. Its white color signifies the purity of God and the trumpet shape is said to represent the proclamation of Christ’s resurrection.

One a penny two a penny
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 1:15 PM


One of the big treats at Easter time is all the different kinds of Easter candy. Some of them have been around for years and we never grow tired of them.

When my own kids were growing up, we used to wait until they were asleep and make up their Easter baskets and hide them. Those were the days.

Sewing seeds for generations to come
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 2:21 PM

By Jim Langham

My first garden was located in the remains of what had been a small chicken yard. It was the last week of March when I was a young child and my grandmother, who lived with us, asked if I would like for her to help me put out a garden.

With the place of high esteem that gardening held in our family, I was delighted; it was a real self-esteem builder. I could hardly wait to tell neighbors in our little hamlet where drawing well water from a pump, sharing daily with neighbors and putting out a family garden was a way of life.

It was after school on a balmy afternoon. Grandma had it all set, the process and the planting. I spaded a plot in soil that housed rich manure from having housed chickens, then broke the clods down and then, with grandma’s instruction, worked up the soil until it was fine enough to plant.

Me and Jack Spratt
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 2:19 PM

By Nancy Whitaker


It seems like since I am older, it takes me forever to go grocery shopping. I think I am just going to stop for a few items and it shouldn’t take that much time. Wrong!

Now, since I am older, it takes me quite a while to grocery shop, as I spend more time reading labels. My husband has to watch salt and sugar intake. We both have to watch fats as well as carbs and proteins.

If I read a label on something it may be low in sugar and fat, but high in sodium. If I find a food low in sodium, nine chances out of ten, it is high in carbohydrates. It seems as if our diet and menu has evolved into chicken, turkey and fish.

Old vegetables in a new garden
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 2:15 PM

By Kylee Baumle

My husband and I have had a vegetable garden ever since we’ve lived here, which is going on 36 years. Over the years, we’ve grown the usual fare; peas, green beans, carrots, radishes, lettuce, corn, spinach, beets, broccoli, but in the last eight years or so, I’ve tried to plant something a little different, just to keep it interesting.

One of the first years that I tried to get creative, I planted an assortment of purple vegetables. We’re used to seeing green veggies, but imagine a garden full of purple or burgundy ones!

We had purple-podded beans (which turn green when you cook them), burgundy okra (beautiful plant and fruits, but we didn’t eat them), red Chinese beans (a.k.a. yard-long beans), purple lettuce, and even burgundy sweet corn (just as tasty as yellow). It was a beautiful thing to behold.

Please don't take my hour
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 2:29 PM

By Joe Shouse

This past weekend I lost something very valuable to me. I guess you could say I lost it, but actually it was snatched away in the middle of the night and there wasn’t anything I could do about it. What I lost was something we all lost; it was one hour. That magical time in the early spring when on a very early Sunday morning at 2 a.m., like a hidden thief, the clock springs forward one hour and it becomes 3 a.m.

I know it’s just an hour and I know we get it back in the fall, but there is something about losing it that I don’t like. Maybe it’s the idea of getting less sleep on that particular Saturday night. I’ve tried going to bed an hour earlier to help make up for the hour I will have taken from me, but it doesn’t seem to work. Or maybe it’s the idea of getting used to the morning when the sun rises earlier or is it later?

And, in the evening when the sun sets later, or is it earlier? You see, it’s confusing. Why do I have to wait for seven months to get my hour back?