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Have a safe Beggar’s Day PDF Print
Monday, October 22, 2012 10:23 AM

One of my favorite holidays is fast approaching — Halloween. Mwahahahahahaha!
Halloween to me is kids dressed in their most creative outfits begging for candy and tossing a hurried “thank you” over their shoulder as they rush to the next house and more goodies.

The biggest difference I have noticed over the years is how many porch lights are dark during trick or treat. When I was a little beggar, the whole pack of neighborhood kids ran up and down both sides of North Main and Canal streets, rarely skipping a house. We would lug our booty home and blissfully sort chocolate from other candies while munching on our favorites. (This was, of course, pre-urban legend about the razor blade in the apple.)

One house on North Canal was all decked out and the nice lady there handed out popcorn balls and let us tour her little house of horror. What fun.

Last Updated on Tuesday, November 06, 2012 4:19 PM
 
A bumpy ride ahead PDF Print
Monday, October 15, 2012 10:18 AM

In the coming weeks, we will be bombarded by political ads posturing about the good (them), the bad and the ugly (their opponent). We’re smart enough to figure out not everything in political ads is necessarily true. Apparently, it doesn’t have to be. It just has to get your attention. The more you hear a name, the more likely you are to check that box on election day, especially if it’s a state or national candidate you really don’t know much about. They are counting on it.

Last Updated on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 3:20 PM
 
Nothing can be OK, too PDF Print
Monday, October 08, 2012 8:24 AM

There have been times when I thought there might be something wrong with me. I didn’t aspire to be more than I was. I was happy with my life and the things in it. Everyone else around me seemed to be going a 100 miles an hour, always reaching for the next best thing. I feared I was a slacker. Was I not motivated enough? Didn’t I have the drive to reach for more?

I love my job, my husband, my family and my dog. I like living in Delphos. There was a time I couldn’t wait to get out of here. We all know how that turned out. You don’t know what you have until it changes and there’s no place like home — wherever that may be.

Last Updated on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 3:21 PM
 
It’s a spoon thing PDF Print
Monday, September 24, 2012 12:37 PM

I read something on Facebook Friday that really struck a chord with me. Some of you may already know what I’m talking about: The Spoon Theory by Christine Miserandino.

Christine and her friend were sitting in a diner eating when her longtime friend asked her what it was like to be sick. What was it like — how did it feel — to have lupus.

After some thought, Christine gathered up all the spoons from their and nearby tables and gave them to her friend. She said, “These are your spoons. This is all you have.”

Last Updated on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 3:21 PM
 
Head uptown for down-home fun PDF Print
Monday, September 17, 2012 9:47 AM

I can’t think of a Friday night in the newsroom I enjoy more than Canal Days Friday night.
We throw open the windows and listen to the band and the crowd and it makes me smile because they sound like they are having so much fun.

Canal Days is a lot more than what you can do. It’s also about who you see. It’s great to find old friends and reminisce while enjoying a carnival atmosphere. New friends are also a possibility.

Today’s schedule is packed with activities for all ages, including a pancake and sausage breakfast, bingo, the quilt show, the ArtFest exhibit as well as the art show, a bake sale, the pet parade, kiddie tractor pull, tractor show, a Queen’s Tea, a cruise-in and more.
Young artists will fill the sidewalks with chalk drawings and anglers will vie for the top prizes in the fishing derby.

New this year is Country Basket Bingo with some amazing prizes. I played Purse Bingo last year and can I share something you won’t tell? I am just no good at bingo and then I get a little cranky when I don’t win. I know the odds are stacked against you because there are so many who come out and play to support Canal Days. However, I figure I have just as much as everyone else — and yet I never win. Harrumph!

Canal Days is so many things and different things to each person.
It’s a chance to see people you perhaps don’t get to talk to any other time. Former residents often travel back to Delphos for what is considered by many a sort of homecoming.

Businesses and clubs rally to make the event special and more engaging than the year before.

The “Toast” and “Battle” just keep getting bigger and better.

There’s good food and good conversation.

The kids get a chance to blow off some steam and run around like spider monkeys on a bad sugar binge. There’s also a lot of organized fun to keep them focused.

What more could you ask for in the last premier festival of the year? Well, if you come up with something, pass it along to the committee. I’m sure they’ll try to fit it in if possible. They are some amazing people backed by awesome volunteers. Give them some backing of your own.


Last Updated on Tuesday, November 06, 2012 4:23 PM
 
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