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A valuable table in spite of a few scratches
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 9:27 PM

By Jim Langham

These days, our dining room table is mainly used for “desk purposes.” I place my laptop on it to do much of my writing, surrounded with notebooks filled with story ideas and interviews.

Underneath the writing tools are memories of when it was once surrounded by our children, their friends and special family outings.

It was the centerpiece of family visits in our dining room in Michigan, a time when the kids were still home, my parents and Joyce's parents were still alive, and visits meant spending much of the evening visiting around the table following the evening meal.

It was where we colored with the kids, entertained guests, played board games and sat and drank coffee. Three days before my dad passed, he and I sat at that old table, drank coffee all afternoon on a Christmas Day that we didn't realize at the time would be our last one together.

A world without honeybees
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 9:26 PM

By Kylee Baumle

I don’t consider myself an activist, but there are things that I think are important enough in this world to talk about in hopes of raising awareness. The plight of the monarch butterflies is one of them, as you may know, and it excites me when someone tells me they’ve planted milkweed in their garden. (I saw my first monarch of the season on May 17, by the way!)

There’s another problem out there that concerns me and that’s the disappearance of honeybees. This industry has had a presence in our county for decades, and those who work in it can tell you that this is of relevance to everyone, not just those who are keepers of the bees.

We all know that honey bees gather pollen and nectar to feed themselves and the young bees in their colonies. As they’re doing this, they pollinate plants, which is essential for the reproduction and fruiting of many of them.

Mirror mirror on the wall!
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 9:25 PM


By Nancy Whitaker

I am always wondering about something. Sometimes I just like to sit and contemplate things. Today I was thinking about mirrors. I have never met a mirror I didn’t have the urge to look into. They say a person is self conscious and unsure of himself if he constantly looks in a mirror to check his appearance.

I am also wondering who looks in a mirror more..... males or females? I really don’t know if it is unusual or not, but I glance in a mirror each time I pass one. Am I expecting to see something different than the last time I looked? No! I do it out of habit. I wonder if there is anyone in this world who has never looked in a mirror. I read that years ago the Native Americans would look into a river or pond of water to see their reflections, so we do know there has always been a way for us ladies and men to tell what we look like.

Receiving a miracle
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 9:25 PM

Receiving a miracle

By Eileen Kochensparger

Secretary, Bargain Bin of Paulding County Inc.

How many of you have experienced a miracle in your life? We read about miracles all the time in books or hear about them through word of mouth or the news, but have you ever personally experienced a miracle? I am a miracle.

Nine years ago, I was stricken with Streptococcus pneumonia and given only a 24 percent of survival. I was in a coma for six weeks and remember nothing of that time. People who see me yet today call my recovery a miracle. But there are other kinds of miracles and the Bargain Bin of Paulding County has received a miracle.

Early introduction to autism grabbed my heart
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 10:24 AM

By Jim Langahm

I’ve never known a part of my life when autism wasn’t a part of it. Following the death of her husband because of a car accident, my Aunt Eleanor remarried and she and her second husband bore two sons that played major roles in my life.

Her oldest son, Max, was autistic. When his parents needed to go somewhere, they would often bring Max to our home. I was a child at the time and Max a few years older than me. I was quickly impressed by his autistic characteristic of echolalia (usually answered back with the last word or a key word in something you’ve said) and his tendency to rock in a rocking chair, hum cheerfully and play with a string.

A trip back home opened my eyes
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 10:24 AM


A trip back home opened my eyes

By Joe Shouse

Just the other day I went home. The place I was born, reared as a child, graduated from high school – the place I developed memories, good memories. Then I left for college and life took on a series of twists and turns that never allowed me to go back to Rushville, Indiana except for brief visits.

So, going home was an eye opener and not necessarily a good one at the start. My reason for going home was to attend a funeral. I was home for just a few hours but long enough to see how things had changed over the years. Leaving the funeral home in the processional and crawling through town at a slow pace to the cemetery, I had the chance to witness downtown, or at least, what is left of downtown.

No green thing for me
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 10:23 AM



By Nancy Whitaker

One day, while checking out of a grocery store, the cashier told a lady in front of me, “You really ought to bring your own bags and not use the plastic ones, as they are not good for the environment.”

The lady replied, “Well, back in my day, we didn’t have the ‘green thing.’” The clerk responded, “It was probably your generation who was responsible for polluting the world and didn’t follow recycling and clean air practices.”

Days of whine and roses
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 10:23 AM

By Kylee Baumle

It’s hard to believe that we’re still cranky about the weather at this late date, but the truth is, we still haven’t settled into a comfortable no-coat weather pattern. With frost in outlying areas just last week, it’s hard to believe we’re approaching Memorial Day, the unofficial start to summer.

Spring has brought new experiences for many gardeners this year, even those of us who have been doing this for a while. We knew that we’d lose some plants and that spring was likely to be a bit wonky when it came to our gardens, but we were hoping for the best.

USDA to control PED outbreak reporting
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 10:22 AM

By Mark Holtsberry

Education specialist

Paulding SWCD

The total number of fig farms that have tested positive for the porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus now stands at 6,019 in 30 states.

USDA  announced farms stricken with a deadly pig virus must report outbreaks as part of a new program to help monitor and possibly control the spread of the disease.

Entertaining angels unaware
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 9:36 PM

By Jim Langham

This morning in a local restaurant, I wondered for a few moments whether or not I was in the presence of an “angel.”

It all started when a young waitress showed my close buddy and me a story she had uncovered on her phone about a young man who was recently killed in a tornado in Arkansas. As the fury of the storm bore down on the trailer park where he lived, he crawled into the bathtub and kept texting his mother, telling her how much he loved her.

The mother kept reassuring the son he would be okay and he texted, saying, “It’s getting closer, I love you mom.”