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  • Stacey using time wisely
    Tuesday, March 31, 2020 6:02 AM
    March 31, 1967 was the first time famed musician, Jimi Hendrix, set his guitar on fire on a stage while performing in London. This became a signature move that his fans came to expect. I'm sure this gimmick cost a pretty penny but it kept the adrenaline up and audiences hyped and screaming.
    We are now going into week two of social distancing and we're moving into April and all the beauty that comes with the spring season. It's such a beautiful time of year to be stuck inside not enjoying it. I don't know about everyone else but I'm doing whatever I can to stay busy during this time of self quarantine. On a positive note . . . with this, I've had ample time to catch up on the old bucket list.
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  • Stacey shares outlook on ongoing pandemic
    Tuesday, March 24, 2020 3:23 AM
    I contemplated in my own scattered brain about whether or not to chime in on the Coronavirus Pandemic. On one hand, there's so much about it every day I thought maybe a quick read away from the giant elephant that is on everyone's mind could be a nice distraction. On the other hand, it is what we're all thinking about and talking about so I think it's good to share our thoughts with one another.
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  • Play is a necessity, but becoming increasingly rare
    Monday, March 16, 2020 4:51 AM
    As I watch families preparing for the kids upcoming spring break next week, I can't help but be a bit homesick for the days my kids were still young and at home. I always loved when they had a day off of school whether it be getting snowed in . . . watching movies and playing board games all day to pass the time or the spring, summer and fall breaks when we would go hit the Tuesday matinee at the local theater or take a road trip with no set destination . . . maybe just find a park or an ice cream parlor and treat ourselves to some something sweet. Most days the neighborhood kids would gather in our back yard for a game of football or baseball.
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  • Blossom by blossom, spring getting ready to spring on us
    Monday, March 9, 2020 3:28 AM
    We made it folks! We are officially in March and crossing our fingers for nice weather and for the beauty that comes with the spring season. I don't know about you all . . . but I am ready!
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  • Stacey begins March honoring Notable Nineties
    Monday, March 2, 2020 3:55 AM
    Did you know the Star Spangled Banner was adopted as our country's anthem on March 3, 1931? Today's honored guests were there for this historical moment in our country's history!
    Notable Nineties . . .
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  • Newspaper folks have ink in blood, Stacey’s is elsewhere
    Monday, February 24, 2020 1:04 AM
    Happy Monday! This week I want to touch on something I am asked quite often . . . “What happens when you get old and you have all these tattoos?”
    People assume with the changes that come with age those of us with tattoos will eventually regret our decisions. I cannot speak for others but only for myself.
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  • How are you spending the Presidents’ Day holiday?
    Monday, February 17, 2020 2:05 AM
    Presidents’ Day, the “Uniform Monday Holiday Act” (UMHA), took effect in 1971. The Act is now Public Law 90-363.
    What day is it? That day we learned about in school . . . or for kids more like me who didn't jump at the joy of a curriculum . . . the day we get out of school!
    Each year we celebrate Presidents' Day, a holiday established by Congress to recognize the birthday of our first president, George Washington. The holiday originally was established in 1855 and was celebrated on Feb. 22 of each year. In 1968. However, the date of Presidents' Day was changed in order to align more federal holidays with Mondays, to create more three-day weekends.
    Presidents’ Day Plans?
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  • Ripping rose buds off bouquets . . . or in other words, Happy Valentine’s Day
    Monday, February 10, 2020 3:35 AM
    Did you know that this month marks the 50th anniversary celebration of the release of James Taylor's “Sweet Baby James” album? This happens to be one of my all-time favorite albums and what better month than the month of February to celebrate a man who was known for writing some of the most notably famous love songs in our history. The album included some of Taylor's biggest hits. Such as “Fire and Rain.” It was nominated for a Grammy Award for album of the year. Taylor announced the release of his audio biography titled “Break Shot” just in time for the anniversary celebration.
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  • Washing machine helps Stacey appreciate life’s luxuries
    Monday, February 3, 2020 3:39 AM
    This week was a lesson in appreciating the little things in life I have come to take for granted. I was on a roll, cleaning the house after the Florida trip and leftover Christmas from when some of the kids couldn't make it until after the New Year.
    I begin to smell something like a tire burning . . . after the house filled with smoke I was able to pinpoint the culprit! My washing machine began to squeal as the black cloud of smoke rolled around the front of it infecting the entire house with its dense fog. (Well great) Al is on the road, I have a load of sopping wet towels in standing water and a house smelling of melted rubber!
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  • Stacey understands dancing in rain
    Monday, January 27, 2020 3:27 AM
    I sometimes begin columns with a quote that carries a special meaning with me. This week's quote is by far one of my favorites. I try and remind myself that life is short and to appreciate every moment.
    “Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass . . . it's about learning to dance in the rain.” It’s from Vivian Greene.
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  • Have you taken
flower challenge yet?
    Monday, January 20, 2020 12:14 AM
    Mark Twain once said, “To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.”
    That is exactly what South Montgomery eighth grader Kyrah Thompson and her aunt Catrina Vest of New Market are doing! Their winter flower challenge has taken off on social media. The fun loving pair asked friends and family to share a selfie with a flower. The flower can be real, artificial, fabric, print . . . anything you choose. Just snap a pic, caption it flower challenge and nominate a few friends who will play along.
    I had to ask them (after doing my own of course) . . . what inspired this social media challenge?
    “We're always doing silly things” Kyrah said. She loves taking pictures. “I thinks it’s funny if people walk by and see us . . . a lot of people smile though because they see us laughing!”
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  • Stacey shares warm greeting from sunny beaches of Florida
    Sunday, January 12, 2020 11:48 PM
    Hello from the beautiful sandy beaches of Florida! This weeks "Wits End" will be short and sweet because I have a sunny beach just calling my name.
    Al and I come to Ormond Beach every January. Being from New York, Al's family started this tradition in 1988. We gather yearly in Florida for my mother in-law’s birthday and to catch up on the Christmas they're are unable to spend together. It's a nice meeting place for us all to have a family vacation and get a break from the snow and cold weather in both Indiana and New York . We've come to the same place for many years. We've gotten to know other families who come the same time of year and our kids have all grown up here and made great friendships of their own along the way! We look forward to seeing our family and old friends each year. This place has become extra special to us as a family.
    As I sit here, I cannot help but reminisce the years we've shared and the memories we've made.
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  • Stacey shares fun facts, trivia about New Year
    Monday, December 30, 2019 2:47 AM
    Top 9 New Year’s Eve Fun Facts for 2019: (Compliments of Wallethub.com)
    1. $1.1 Billion - Estimated cost of New Year's air travel, with at least 6.7 million people expected to pay an average of $165 for a round-trip ticket.
    2. 8 in 10 Americans- Spend less than $200 on New Year's Eve.
    3. 45 percent of Americans plan to celebrate New Year's Eve with family, and only 15 percent will attend public events or parties.
    4. $758 - Difference in the cost for a couple to enjoy dinner and a show on New Year's Eve in the most expensive (New York) and least expensive (Philadelphia) cities.
    5. 360+ Million- Glasses of sparkling wine are consumed each New Year's Eve.
    6. 17.1 percent of emergency room visits on New Year's Eve are drug/alcohol related (most of any holiday).
    7. 49,900 – People get hurt in car crashes each New Year’s Eve Holiday.
    8. 0.094 percent – Average blood alcohol content on New Year’s Eve, making it the most drunken night of the year.
    9. 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail by February, with 22 percent of Americans admitting that their 2019 resolutions were the same as their 2018 goals.
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  • Meet Her in St. Louie!
    Thursday, December 26, 2019 1:04 AM
    A 7-year-old student at Nicholson Elementary is on her way to St. Louis to represent Montgomery County. Jocelynn
    Shelton, Little Miss Montgomery County, entered her very first pageant – the Strawberry Festival – earlier this year. She now has a title and other competitions under her belt such as best smile and best natural beauty in America's Best, Barbie World Tour. As such, she now has the opportunity to represent Montgomery County in the America's Best pageant in St. Louis in April.
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  • Never know what’s next, so make most of it
    Sunday, December 22, 2019 10:09 PM
    Christmas is only two days away! With tomorrow being Christmas Eve, I just want to take a moment to thank those of you who read the weekly ramblings of this mad woman (life's so much funner with a bit of crazy added!).
    This is a time of year that we sit back and count our blessings one by one. I am so grateful to all of our readers. I can't think of a better job than the one I have and it's because of the friendships I have made throughout the county. So, thank you!
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