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  • Monday, November 18, 2019 4:00 AM
    “What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold winter to give it its sweetness”, John Steinback.
    This time of year can have a daunting effect on some of us. I've always struggled seeing the “splendor of winter” as so many others do. I watch as my friends to the west are in such awe of our scenic winters. I envy those who are excited about the first snow of the season and all that comes with it.
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  • Monday, November 11, 2019 4:00 AM
    On This Day. . .
    If you're celebrating your birthday today not only is it one of our most significant days of the year being Veteran's day .. . you're also in good company with some pretty cool people who were born on Nov. 11 as well. Starting with, Kurt Vonnegut Jr. American author who was born in 1922. Vonnegut is best known for his writings of such books as Slaughterhouse Five and Sirens of Titan. He was also born right here in our home state in Indianapolis!
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  • Monday, November 4, 2019 4:00 AM
    “A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future and accepts you just the way you are.” Bernard Meltzer.
    This time of year as the days get damp and dark, I always find myself in a bit of a slump. Some years being worse than others. This year I'm trying a different tactic. I have been trying to force myself out of the house and into doing something fun with a friend at least once a week.
    We all need our own personal support group who lift you up when your down or get in the trenches and be there for you when you can't find the strength within yourself. I am so grateful to my friends. When I feel like I just can't get myself in gear they are right here to give me a loving push in the right direction. We all need friends like this. I've made amazing friendships through my work and preserved friendships that I've had since I was a kid. Last week several of us got together for a girls day and I don't think I've laughed so hard in a year! As they say, “Laughter is chicken soup of the soul.” I believe that!
    “A good friend knows all your best stories, a best friend has lived them with you, but only true friends leave footprints in your heart.” Eleanor Roosevelt.
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  • Monday, October 28, 2019 12:14 AM
    Did you know Halloween's origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain? I had never even heard of Samhain. For them this marked a new year – the end of summer and the harvest, and the beginning of the dark, cold winter. The Celts believed that the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred on the night of Oct. 31, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. Pretty spooky stuff! Today, it is simply a day for the kiddos to have some fun with their imaginations, being whoever they want to be for one night. Along with scoring bucketloads of treats and candy along the way!
    Halloween has always been one of mine and Al's favorite holidays. We enjoy seeing the childrens’ costumes and the excitement in their little faces as they pick out their favorite chocolate bar from the candy bowl. Years ago, our hardware customers from Jamestown would make a special trip to New Ross just so we could see their kids all dressed up. We sure did enjoy those days!
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  • Sunday, October 20, 2019 4:00 AM
    “Mother's don't give up on their children for taking the wrong roads. They just keep praying there's a place to turn around before it's too late.” Anonymous.
    I recently had a conversation with a friend on people who claim children will not make bad decisions as adults if they're raised “properly.” Of course this particular friend had no children.
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  • Monday, October 7, 2019 4:00 AM
    Last week was extra special for me! My friend Jacob Moore was home visiting family and took time out of his busy schedule to visit with me and catch up on his latest adventures and new endeavors.
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  • Stacey’s day is made when she makes a new friend
    Monday, September 16, 2019 3:52 AM
    I try to add a “Glee and Gloom” each week to remind myself and others, with all the bad we seem to see in the daily news, there's always something good as well. We all have rough times and some bad days. But, there are days like last I had last week that always make me smile.
    Al and I had ran to Walmart to do a little grocery shopping. As I was picking something out, I hear behind me “is your name Stacey?”
    I turn to see a face I don't recognize right away . . . flipping through my internal Rolodex. You know the one, that list in your head that you quickly go through trying to remember how you know someone or their name?
    Is this family? Friend? Someone from church, work or high school?
    As I was racking my brain the nice gentleman introduced himself. He explained he had recognized me from my picture in The Paper. This has happened before, I often forget my picture now runs in the Paper. It made my day that he took the time to say hello and introduce himself.
    It also gave me a chuckle because Al walked up right about the same time. Now, Al is so used to me always talking he thinks nothing of it and goes on about his shopping. However, in that moment . . . I thought of all the columns I've written about Al. We both have a bit of a twisted sense of humor and often poke fun at the other’s eccentricities.
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  • Stacey shares events, glee & gloom
    Monday, August 5, 2019 4:00 AM
    Summer's not over yet and there's no shortage of fun and exciting things to do in and around Montgomery County this time of year. The weather is perfect for fish fry's, festivals and outdoor family fun. Last week was Montgomery County's National Night Out. To see so many children and families playing games and having good, safe fun was such a wonderful sight. There is no greater joy for me than to see children laughing and playing. To all of those who participated, donated and volunteered to make this an extra special night in our community, THANK YOU!
    Upcoming Events . . .
    We've had so many fun, family friendly events this summer and there's still more to come!
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  • Sunday, July 21, 2019 10:24 PM
    A Little Good News. . .
    I wrote last week that I was going to add a “Glee and Gloom” to my column. With what seems to be so much sadness in the news lately I thought it would be a nice reminder of the good things that happen in our lives and community as well. I'm often reminded of Singer-songwriter, Anne Murray's 1983, “A Little Good News.” It was one of my favorite songs when I was younger and I find myself thinking of it often. The gist of the song is simple. . . with all the tragic headlines and bad stuff going on in the world, we could all use a little good news today. We have so many wonderful and heartwarming stories that happen right here in Montgomery County. Students, citizens, clubs, businesses, non-profits and organizations doing remarkable things right here in our community.
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  • Stacey honors special folks, Notable Nineties
    Monday, July 8, 2019 4:00 AM
    “Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it.”
    Edmond Burke
    It is important to know our history and learn from the trials and errors, fumbles and accomplishments and of those who have come before us.
    Notable Nineties is a list of folks from all over Montgomery County who have paved the way with 90 years of insight, wisdom and experience to share with the younger generations. They have seen America at its best and its worst.
    Some were born into the Great Depression. All have lived through some of the roughest times in our history such as WW II., Korea and Vietnam. They were just children during some of the most horrific events like the Hindenburg explosion and the disappearance of Amelia Earhart. They had front row seats during some of the greatest times in history, witnessing amazing scientific achievements like the moon landing and remarkable breakthroughs in medical science like the polio vaccination in 1955! Some were young teens when the first modern computer was invented in 1945. It’s hard to imagine the width and breadth of the advancements this group witnessed in technology!
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  • Tuesday, July 2, 2019 11:54 PM
    A Not So Beautiful mind
    Out of Order, Stacey's Ramblings or still one of my favorites, Baschwit Crazy . . . These were just a few of the names thrown around when trying to decide a title for my column.
    Obviously, I ultimately settled on Wits End. I wanted something reflective of my personality and the craziness of my life. Although, any one of them would easily apply. My mind seems to be going 100 MPH at any given time. My thoughts are most definitely out of order, my mouth can ramble on once you get me talking and my personality can most certainly be described as crazy!
    However, it's my brain working at 1 a.m. that keeps me at my wits end! 
    While most are fast asleep, resting their mind and bodies for the upcoming day ahead . . . I find myself thinking of silly things like, “How do we know what a dinosaur sounds like?” “Is the S or the C silent in the word Scent?” Isn't it funny how we say things like, “our nose runs and feet smell?” “If a bunch of cats are piled up, is it still called a dog pile?”
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