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Sometimes as I paint the subject reveals itself

I might have a main idea when I start, but as I paint, a vague idea may take on a different form than I first visualized. I may see forms in the paint that open more ideas or maybe help define vague ideas into more detailed visual forms. Even in some cases, the painting may take on an entirely new reality, completely different from its vague beginning.Frequently, forms in paint and color will reshape my entire thinking and creative process. Often I look for these revelations as ins...

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100 Years Ago With Charlie Miller

April 17, 1914Madison County Democrat — Mrs. James Timmons and baby are the guests of her sister, Mrs. Ella Fitzgerald, at Gillivan. (The baby would have been Robert Timmons.)— Zephyrus has old Boreas on the run and springtime is here. Gentle Annie flows and garden tools are being looked up and put in order. The grass is making a phenomenal growth and fodder and dry feed are no longer relishe...

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You need a catchy phrase for the worms

Dewey and Emily were the first to finish their lunches, and the two sweethearts whispered together at the nearby coffee machine while the rest of the valley’s first focus group finished up.“Honey,” said Emily, “maybe you should let me lead the discussion? What do you think?”“You bet. I’ll take notes.”When the dishes were cleared away, they got right to it. Dewey loosened his necktie and got ready to take notes....

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Jesus lived in a police state

“There is no evidence that Jesus himself openly advocated violent actions. But he was certainly no pacifist. “Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth. I have not come to bring peace, but the sword.” (Matthew 10:34 | Luke 12:51).” ― Reza Aslan, “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth”Those living through this present age of SWAT team raids, police shootings of unarmed citizens, roadside strip searches, and inv...

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Life near the Mexican border

“You have no rights here!” barked a U.S. Border Patrol agent to a resident of Arivaca, Arizona who was passing through a Customs and Border Protection checkpoint 23 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Letter to the editor

Recognizing our outstanding JA volunteersTo the editor:During National Volunteer Week (April 6-12), Junior Achievement (JA) Mad River Region would like to recognize our more than 400 of local JA volunteers who are helping students make the connection between what they learn in school and what they will need to succeed in work and life.Our volunteers are at the heart of ev...

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When schizophrenia traps a teenage mind

Schizophrenia can be a very misunderstood disease of the brain. It creates an altered perception of reality that seems very real to those whose minds are impacted by the disease.There is a common misconception that schizophrenia means having “split personalities.” This is not the case. The root of its true meaning is “scattered thoughts.” Yet it is so much more.Schizophrenia is a disease that changes brain chemistry and distorts a person’s s...

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Beans and weenies are as American as apple pie and tax time

There’s a big, black bird that comes at the end of January to perch on my shoulder. A constant presence, its talons dig in just enough to remind me it’s there. Oh, yes it weighs a ton.After two and a half months — the middle of April — its weight is really oppressive. I have to get rid of it. Then, suddenly it’s gone — along with a chunk of me (or at least my wallet).By now you must have figured out what plagues me, you and all the res...

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We are so glad that warmer weather is here

April is here, bringing us warmer temperatures. Monday was nice and warm. We hung all the laundry outside on the lines. By evening all of it was dry. How nice to be able to wash the clothes and put them away the same day. It is laundry day again today but it doesn’t look like we will be able to hang the clothes outside. It is rainy and very windy. I’m wondering if we could have a thunderstorm yet today. The frost in the ground is leaving more every day so hopefully it will be okay...

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Enjoy seafood, but do so safely

I read about a seafood processor that was shut down because of food safety concerns. We’re trying to eat more seafood these days. Should we be doing anything special to avoid foodborne illness?Eating more seafood is a great choice for a healthful diet, but it’s good that you’re aware of potential food safety concerns. Outbreaks associated with seafood have been caused by a variety of bugs, including norovirus, salmonella, vibrio and others. And re...

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Homeschooling provides alternative to traditional public schools

Ohio’s “compulsory attendance” law requires all parents or guardians to send their children between the ages of 6 and 18 to a school that meets the State Board of Education’s minimum standards.Can my children be excused from compulsory school attendance to be homeschooled?Yes. You can ask your children’s public school district to excuse them from the compulsory attendance requirement so you can teach them at home (known as &...

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My dog just bit somebody, what happens next?

All animal bites are required to be reported to the local health department. We receive dog bite reports in various ways. If the victim of the dog bite received medical care at their doctor’s office or at the emergency room, the staff is required to report the bite to us within 24 hours. The dog warden, other law enforcement, the victim, or the owner may also report the bite to the Madison County/London City Health District.

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At the foot of the cross

Next week is a very important week for Christians. We celebrate the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Thursday, April 17, is Maundy Thursday, followed by Good Friday, April 18, and then Easter Sunday, April 20. (I prefer to refer to it as Resurrection Sunday because it’s easy to lose the meaning of that day by referring to it as Easter Sunday.) At any rate, Jesus took upon Himself the sins for the entire world that was before Him, that was at His time a...

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Why I am happy to pay my taxes and other mendacities

Last week I was getting along just fine. Things were being accomplished and I was rather enjoying myself. Dutifully, I was checking off item after item on my “to-do-list.” I love it when a plan comes together. However, at the top of my exuberance, the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage stopped me dead in my tracks with a query.She is quite famous, or is it infamous, for pulling these kinds of things on Yours Truly. She has a question for just about every event. Most of ...

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Is it important who marries?

There are two realities connected to matrimony. There is a religious significance and a political reality. The church views marriage as a covenant while the state views it in legal terms as a contract. The state has the right to regulate contracts and the licensing of those who perform marriage ceremonies. The state may approve same sex marriages. The definition of “marriage” is being changed by a political choice. Dictionaries will follow suit to reflect this new reality. The chu...

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