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Rules, Regulations, and Priorities, By Mona Lease
Hi, all!! The government is in an uproar. Trump's approval rating "drops to 37%." Mexico tells the US that if they build "the wall" between them and us...Mexico will start trading with Argentina. "Proof" shows that Russia meddled in the US presidential election that gave us President Trump. Round it goes and dizzy I am. A few friends and I discussed the above and wondered if too many rules... read more
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Along Life’s Way… I’m a What? By Lois E. Wilson
I found out a few years ago that I am a “cruciverbalist.” The word does not appear in any of my older dictionaries. But it is in editions of many published lately. It also has references on the internet. It comes from the Latin roots: cruci meaning “cross,” verbal meaning “words,” and ist meaning “person.” The definition is a person who constructs crossword... read more
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Puzzle Pete Says, ”Keep Me Out of It”, 2017 Lois E. Wilson
Use the numbered clues to find the 4-letter answers to this word chain puzzle. The last letter of each is the first letter of the next word. Work up and down. The puzzle is started for you. Solve it correctly, then reading down, the first letters of the answers spell out why Pete wants to stay out of it on the second of February. Wilson's completed set of books has a new edition... read more
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Reflections… Affairs don't start in bedrooms, From Mona Lease
Affairs don't start in bedrooms. (They start with conversations.); I love hearing old songs I used to love. They are like memories you can always go back to. - the teenagerquotestumblr.com; Not every day is a good day. Live anyway. Not all you love will love you back. Love anyway. Not everyone will be kind to you. Be kind anyway. Not everyone will be truthful with you... read more
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Mind, Body, Soul… What If?? By Mona Lease
Greetings, Gals!! Disclaimer: To you guys who read this and all else; The following are ideas for us gals to consider. I am not telling anyone to do anything or not to do anything. The point of this column is to give ideas as to how we (women) can better ourselves - our thoughts - our actions. Love is a gift for no reason at all. - Snoopy and You. If he is dumb enough... read more
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Along Life’s Way… Five O’clock Shadow? By Lois E. Wilson
A few years ago, a five o’clock-shadow beard was not desirable. It was named for the facial hair growth men acquired during a day at work after a clean shave in the morning. Lately it seems if you want to look “classic, hip, and rebellious” men must grow one. Many film stars, pop stars, athletes and even politicians are adopting the style. It is replacing the... read more
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I DON'T know, By Mona Lease
Hi, all!! I went to a funeral in November...another one in December. And yesterday - as I pen this - I attended a Memorial Service for a really good friend of mine ..of some 23 years. I left the service and went to Goodwill in Greenville. I listened as a woman told the lady running the cash register how hard it had been on her when she buried her young son...who had lost his... read more
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Along Life’s Way… Living with Diabetes, By Lois E. Wilson
When I married Jim, he was 6’ 1” tall and weighed 210 pounds. He was not obese nor did he look heavy. He was healthy and able to do training in the Army. Later out of the service, he had an office position that required some visits to farmer clients of the Miami Valley Production Credit Association. Each fall, PCA had seven, county banquet meetings to give the annual report... read more
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Mind, Body, Soul… Oh, Those Feelings!! By Mona Lease
Greetings, Gals!! The following is a column - in no particular order - of ideas and feelings. Having just spoken to a girlfriend of some 40-odd  years -  about "feelings" - I submit the following for you to consider. Remember...all feelings are valid. It's what we do after the feelings appear that matters. By the way, readers...we're still on track!! The poses I gave you for... read more
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Puzzle Pete’s Alphabet Scramble: Last Letter “N”, Lois E. Wilson
Complete the 4-letter words ending in “N” by using the clues in the left column. Each answer begins with a different letter of the alphabet. Cross off each letter as it is used. Start with those you know for certain. Pete hopes the puzzle doesn’t scramble your brain. Wilson's completed set of books has a new edition – now six volumes – of published poetry. Volume... read more
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Responsibility?? By Mona Lease
Hi, all!! I have never heard the truth put this way. See what you think. A friend came to my house for coffee. We sat and talked about life. At some point in the conversation, I said: "I'm going to wash the dishes and I'll be right back." He looked at me as if I had told him I was going to build a space rocket. Then he said to me with admiration, but a little perplexed: "I'm glad... read more
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Along Life’s Way… Toilet Paper: 3 Sheets to the Wind, By Lois E. Wilson
Ann Landers states that her “over/under” toilet paper debate generated over 16,000 responses. Some say there is no question that TP should pull from the top as the 1891 patent of Seth Wheeler has a drawing of it oriented that way. However, one might argue he had to orient it in that position to show the perforations he was patenting. The number of surveys about TP done by manufacturers... read more
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Mind, Body, Soul… Addictions, By Mona Lease
Greetings, Gals!! I thought I'd give you the following to "study on" for a while. Everyone knows someone who has the "addict" in their family - or as a friend - or a "friend-of-a-friend." I found this all interesting and very informative. Keep pushing forward to your hopes and dreams. Circumstances always change. 5 Things I Learned During Addiction Treatment - "I didn't want... read more
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Puzzle Pete Invites You to “T” for Two: A to Z, Lois E. Wilson
Complete the 6-letter words starting with “T” by using the clues in the left column. The letters of the alphabet appear in sequence as the fourth letter of each word. Pete hopes you like “T.” Wilson's completed set of books has a new edition – now six volumes – of published poetry. Volume 1 is out of print and no longer available, however Volumes 2-6 are available and... read more
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Along Life’s Way… Do You Have a Tech Addiction? By Lois E. Wilson
Eleven years ago I wrote this verse: Evolution: Now Hear This, Psychics predict by a not too distant year, Babes will be born with a cell phone on one ear. It seems our civilization is being seduced by technology. At first telephones were boxes that hung on the wall. Then they became desk phones, base portable phones, cell phones, and now smartphones... read more
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An Eagle's Eye, By Mona Lease
Hi, all!! Thanks readers, for faithfully reading this column - for approaching me when you see me out to voice your thoughts to me about this humble little column. I've always told you readers that I would never lie to you - I would never knowingly lead you astray. I'm just not going to fill this space with every moment of my life. I'm not that note-worthy. There's a Koine (koi-nay)... read more
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Along Life’s Way… Chicken Little Headline News: A Fable, Lois E. Wilson
Chicken Little Headline News (CLHN) is a barnyard news service. Its mission is to keep the animals informed about other animals, people, places, and events. It features stories from unnamed sources and endeavors to warn all subscribers of any impending dangers it foresees. Below are some CLHN headlines you may have read on its site recently: The Sky... read more
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Reflections… 10 Pieces Of Wisdom From Wayne Dyer, By Mona Lease
1)If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. 2)How people treat you is their karma, how you react is yours. 3)When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself. 4)You can not be lonely if you like the person you're alone with. 5)Conflict cannot survive without your participation. 6)Be miserable. Or motivate yourself... read more
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Puzzle Pete Says: Meet the Johnsons, 2013 Lois E. Wilson
Puzzle Pete knows a lot of people with the surname “Johnson.” He often forgets their first names. Help Pete by matching each answer clue with the correct first name by putting the clue’s number on the blank to the left the name. Pete appreciates your help in jogging his memory. Wilson's completed set of books has a new edition – now six volumes – of published poetry. Volume 1 is out of print... read more
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Mind, Body, Soul… Considering, By Mona Lease
Greetings, Gals!! Since we're starting a new year - it's always a good time to think about what to bring with us into 2018 and what should remain in 2017. Whatever we leave behind serves to remind us of where we've been...what we've already conquered...what remains to be done. Sometimes thoughts will look like new thoughts. Upon examination - it's a... read more
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Along Life’s Way… The Deep Freeze, By Lois E. Wilson
What’s there to talk about when everything you hear and see concerns the cold weather? This morning, a cousin in Columbus, Ohio, I correspond with sent me a tongue twister phrase that fits the topic of the day. I looked it up on the internet; it had two additional lines and was ascribed to an anonymous British source: Whether the weather be fine, Or... read more
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In Remembrance, By Mona Lease
Hi, all!! The following is a partial list of the actors, actresses, directors, writers, and musicians that we lost in 2017. RIP - Rose Marie: Actress, Sally Rogers of the "Dick Van Dyke Show" - Keely Smith: Solo Jazz Singer - Pat DiNizio: Lead Singer for the Smithereens - Bruce Brown: Documentary Filmmaker - "Endless Summer" - Heather North: Voice of Daphne Blake... read more
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Mind, Body, Soul… Gravyaholics Anonymous, By Mona Lease
Greetings, Gals!! "Hi. My name is Mona. I'm a gravyaholic. Really - I am addicted to any gravy...any white-sauce. I've mixed - I've created my own sauces. I just can't stop." Usually I'm pretty good. I know my triggers. I know when to say "no." I know when to walk away from a dangerous situation. But, lately...I've heard the call. "Sausage gravy and biscuits" has... read more
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Along Life’s Way… What Has Passed Is Past, By Lois E. Wilson
I recently celebrated a milestone birthday—to me they end in five or zero. My “past” is growing. D. H. Lawrence called us humans “history-making creatures.” I’ve lived from the last days of Hoover to Trump—15 presidents. There have been a few wars or conflicts, disasters, and plenty of happy times. I have lived for a period of time in three different states... read more
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Just Sharing, By Mona Lease
Hi, all!! It's probably because of a maternal Uncle of mine. Leonardo DiCaprio probably did his part to keep my interest alive. But, I thought I'd share the following facts about the "unsinkable Titanic." The RMS (Royal Mail Ship) Titanic was the biggest passenger vessel in the world when she was unveiled in 1912. Out of the 2,224 passengers, 710 survived. On the ship were... read more
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Puzzle Pete’s Two + Two + You, By Lois E. Wilson
Use the numbered clues to find the 5-letter answers in this word chain puzzle. Each dash stands for a letter. The last two letters of an answer are also the first two letters of the next word. Work up and down. The puzzle is started for you. Pete says in this case 2 + 2 + you = 5. Wilson's completed set of books has a new edition – now six volumes – of published poetry... read more
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Along Life’s Way… Better Late Than Never, By Lois E. Wilson
In my family, education has seldom followed the usual schedule of after high school four straight years of college. My father, with work years in between, took eight years from start to earning his BA degree in 1926. He later commuted regularly to the University of Cincinnati and completed a MEd degree in 1940. My mother received a 2-year teaching certificate in 1926, but Dayton schools... read more
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Mind, Body, Soul… Dickens Says, By Mona Lease
Greeting, Gals!! "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, It was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going... read more
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Puzzle Pete’s Wish for 2018, Lois E. Wilson
Use the numbered clues to find the 4-letter answers to this word chain puzzle. The last letter of each is the first letter of the next word. Work up and down. The puzzle is started for you. Solve it correctly, then reading down, the first letters of the answers spell out Pete’s wish for 2018. Wilson's completed set of books has a new edition – now six volumes – of published poetry. Volume... read more
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Slang Style, By Mona Lease
Hi, all!! I just had to share the following with you. When I read this, I thought: "I used to talk like this and thought I was cool?" Enjoy and Merry Christmas to all!! 100 Slang Items No One Uses Anymore: 1)Daddy-O: A generally cool dude. 2)Made In The Shade: Things are going well...no worries. 3)Ginchiest: You admire someone's appearance. 4)Burn Rubber: A fast take-off from... read more
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Along Life’s Way… A “Touchy” Subject, By Lois E. Wilson
I commiserate with #MeToo women and young girls who have bravely come forward to “out” specific men for their unwanted touching and improper sexual conversations or advances.  They are doing us a service if their accusations are true. I also commiserate with any male who has been targeted with false claims of such conduct. And if his reputation has been tarnished or his career... read more
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Mind, Body, Soul… Improving, By Mona Lease
Greetings, Gals!! Keep pushing - keep exercising - keep stretching. Be consistent - it's the key to success. Whether you do one set of the exercises from this last July...or you do three sets (no more) - keep to the routine. You can't "make up for lost time" with this. While we're looking at Christmas with the food and New Years' and it's "resolutions" - consider... read more
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Puzzle Pete’s Double Alphabet Scramble, Lois E. Wilson
Complete the 4-letter answers by using the clues. The third letter of each is given. Each answer starts with a different letter of the alphabet. Cross off each letter as it is used. Hint: start with those you know for certain. Pete hopes you don’t get too scrambled. Wilson's completed set of books has a new edition – now six volumes – of published poetry. Volume 1 is out of print... read more
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Along Life’s Way… A True Petty Theft, By Lois E. Wilson
In the 70’s, I worked in a craft store in the Dayton area. I planned its craft classes, taught some of them, and to promote them drew a monthly calendar advertisement which ran in the newspapers. The store’s building had been a church. On its second floor was a former Sunday school area of rooms in which our classes were held. Also a larger... read more
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Instant Karma?? By Mona Lease
Hi, all!! It doesn't happen often. But every once in a while - "something" happens. Call it a kind of a "luck of the draw." Call it kismet or karma. Call it "meant to be." Call it this Jesus person who has been the subject of much discussion and debate.  Somehow - in all of the chromosomes - in all of the body's chemicals - in all of our personal experiences that make us who... read more
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Along Life’s Way… Taking the Lumps, By Lois E. Wilson
Having parents who were both teachers, a lot was expected of me. Being an only child, you have no siblings to guide you or with whom to share problems. You are on your own. There are friends; however, the debate is always how much of family events do you discuss with others. All through childhood Mother would gently admonish, “Pretty is as pretty does... read more
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Reflections… An Introduction, By Mona Lease
We all lead a busy life. The purpose of this column is to give you something to ponder - something with which to identify - and to give you a smile, laugh, or chuckle. The following columns here will be just the random adages. I will make no comments. There is no particular agenda. Enjoy!! "Dear Santa: I "tried" really hard this year to be "good." And by tried and good you know... read more
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Mind, Body, Soul… Navigating the Parties, By Mona Lease
Greetings, Gals!! Well - we made it to another "holiday season." I read somewhere that we need to "do all things in moderation." So - I started doing that to see what would happen. It works! You don't have to look at all of those yummy desserts at the holiday parties and think about how good they would taste or how much weight you will gain if you eat them. What you do... read more
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Puzzle Pete’s Christmas Wish, Lois E. Wilson
Pete has a wish for all children. To discover what it is, use the numbered clues to find the 5-letter answers to this word chain puzzle. The last letter of each is the first letter of the next word. Work up and down. The puzzle is started for you. Solve the puzzle correctly, then reading down, the first letters of the answer words spell out his wish. Wilson's completed set of books... read more
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Brain Glitch, By Mona Lease
Hi, all!! Sorry to my Editors - I submitted this column way late. I got all wrapped up in the cold weather. It feels more like Christmas now...it's 24 degrees outside...with a 15-20 mph wind blowing. I was feeling all satisfied. I was thinking it was good to be "back on track." I'll never make it living somewhere that the temperature does not get below 25 degrees and stay that way for a... read more
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Along Life’s Way… Paul Laurence Dunbar/Observations, By Lois E. Wilson
I grew up in Dayton, Ohio, and knew of Paul Laurence Dunbar—that he was an African American poet who had a high school named for him. As a teenager, I took private dramatic lessons and my teacher gave me some of his dialect verses to learn. I gave readings of poetry to various organizations and included examples of his verse. I became an.. read more
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God’s Gift, By Lois Wilson
Once again Senior Scribe Poet Laureate Lois Wilson is on top of the season with her insightful look at the important events of the day. It’s the holiday season, with shopping, family, friends and God’s Gift. Enjoy the season and its spirit… and enjoy three unique Lois Wilson creations: Holi-Daze, Just Imagine and God’s Gift. Wilson's completed set of books has a new edition – now... read more
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Puzzle Pete Says “It” Matters A to Z, By Lois E. Wilson
Use the clues in the left column to solve the answer words. They are in alphabetical order with “it” placed where occurring in each word. Each dash stands for a letter. Pete hopes you like “It”. Wilson's completed set of books has a new edition – now six volumes – of published poetry. Volume 1 is out of print and no longer available, however Volumes 2-6 are available and are offered as a fundraiser... read more
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Along Life’s Way… A Fowl Fable, By Lois E. Wilson
My teacher parents had a summer fruit market on the west side of Dayton. Every day commuting to it, we passed by the Forney Feed store. I must have gone into it at some time, for somehow I knew they carried baby ducks and chickens. I was eight years old. One day the phone rang. Mother answered it. She looked puzzled as she spoke to the caller, “What... read more
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A Real Woman? By Mona Lease
Greetings, Gals!! I read the following story a long time ago and was talking about the gist of it to an old girlfriend. See what you think. Keep reaching...keep stretching! The following is from a time before paved roads, before the telephone, before indoor plumbing and gas/electric cook stoves. It starts with a question: "Can anyone find an honest woman - one with... read more
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Last Call!! By Mona Lease
I've never known so many people to depressed all at the same time. Does it have to do with all of the cold fronts that moved through here during our warm season? Does it have to do with the hurricanes in Texas? Did the hurricanes that tore up Puerto Rico have anything to do with it? I have no idea. This will be the last column like this - at least for a while. Enjoy and "chin up... read more
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Puzzle Pete’s Swarm of “B’s” A to Z, By Lois E. Wilson
Complete the 7-letter words starting with “B” by using the clues in the left column. The letters of the alphabet appear in sequence as the fourth letter of each word. Pete says that you should be careful so  you don’t get stung. Wilson's completed set of books has a new edition – now six volumes – of published poetry. Volume 1 is out of print and no longer available... read more
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Along Life’s Way… Orville: Salesman/Teacher/Parent, By Lois E. Wilson
In his boyhood years near North Star, Ohio, my father Orville planted a melon patch every year and sold the harvest. Attending Manchester College, he was still going home to tend to his crop. Also at college, he sold watch fobs. He would record in his journal, “Sold, one fob 70 cents.” After graduation, he sold real estate in partnership with his brother for a few years. In the 30’s each summer... read more
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Mind, Body, Soul… Another Serving! By Mona Lease
Greetings, Gals!! I had such a good response to the last two columns and requests for "another round" - that I thought I'd give ya'll "another serving!" Keep reaching for your goals...they're closer than you think. Keep stretching the mind and body.  Enjoy!! "It's ok to miss people and still not want them back in your life." - Bitch Crazy "Learn to love with all of your... read more
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Puzzle Pete’s Warning to Drivers, Lois E. Wilson
Use the numbered clues to find the 5-letter answers to this word chain puzzle. The last letter of each is the first letter of the next word. Work up and down. The puzzle is started for you. Solve it correctly, then reading down, the first letters of the answers spell out Pete’s warning. Wilson's completed set of books has a new edition – now six volumes – of published poetry... read more
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For The Holidays, By Mona Lease
Hi, all!! It seems as though everyone I speak with is going through something. I stopped asking the circumstances....it's "something" to them. And I have my own "somethings," too. I thought instead of recipes and such...I'd just give you something about which to think. Maybe if we put our "soul-power" to the karmic wheel....things will change. Consider the following... read more
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Along Life’s Way… The Inconvenient Students, By Lois E. Wilson
One year in high school, someone in authority decided to have a contest. The winner would appear on the cover of the programs for a school career night event. Some classmates decided to mount an effort to elect the least-likely girl. To them it was a prank to embarrass the girl and the school. They lobbied undercover to secure votes for their candidate. Their... read more
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Puzzle Pete’s Thanksgiving Dinner Request, Lois E. Wilson
Use the clues in the left column to find the 4-letter answers to this word chain puzzle. The last letter of each is the first letter of the next word. Work up and down. The puzzle is started for you. Solve it correctly, then reading down, the first letters of the answers spell out Pete’s request. Wilson's completed set of books has a new edition – now six volumes – of published... read more
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Mind, Body, Soul… More Tidbits, By Mona Lease
Greetings, Gals!! So - uh... I had a request for another column like this. I hope you have a good Thanksgiving. Keep stretching...keep reaching for your goal. Enjoy the following. "Flaws: I got 'em. Laws: I broke 'em. Dues: I paid 'em. Scars: I bear 'em. Problems: Still have 'em. That's life.... still love it." - Halos and Horns Fun Page "I thought a thought that I thought I had thought... read more
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Along Life’s Way… Two Sides/Two Views… Too Often! By Lois E. Wilson
Some after-election political prose from Darke County’s local author… When a conservative says… I think we should move cautiously. Liberals think… He’s dedicated to the status quo. When a conservative says… I represent the mainstream viewpoint. Liberals think… He was elected by those gun-owning, Bible-belt deplorables. When a conservative says... read more
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I Wonder... By Mona Lease
Hi, all!! I had a request for the following. I kind of wondered why. Maybe it just helps to have a laugh or two. Maybe it helps to see - in print - from someone else - that you're not alone in what you are facing. Enjoy!! "Everyone makes mistakes in life. But that doesn't mean they have to pay for them for the rest of their life. Sometimes good people make bad... read more
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Puzzle Pete’s Three-Piece Suit, By Lois E. Wilson
Pete hopes you’ll “vest” some time to solve this 6-letter word chain puzzle. Use the clues in the left column to determine the answers. Each dash stands for a letter. The last three letters of each word is also the first three letters of the next answer. Work up and down. The puzzle is started for you. Pete hopes the suit fits your fashion. Wilson's completed set of books has a new edition – now six volumes... read more
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Mind, Body, Soul… A Tonic and Food For Thought, By Mona Lease
Greetings, Gals!! With the holidays upon us, I thought I'd say: "Keep up with the limbering and relaxation exercises." Enjoy the following recipes for health and some "food for thought." Ginger Water: The healthiest drink to "burn all the fat" from the waist, back, and thighs! (This actually does work...it does not burn "all" of the fat...but it does get rid of a good 3/4 of it. I quit with... read more
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Along Life’s Way… A “Jump Start” to College—CCP, By Lois E. Wilson
In the summer of 1964, in my 30’s, I returned to college to finish my bachelor’s degree. In my English Composition course were two students who had just finished their junior year of high school. We were all intimidated by the instructor’s nickname, “Flunkin’ Duncan.” However, those young students had goals for the future and succeeded in the... read more
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War and Peace, By Mona Lease
Hi, all!! Again - it's that time of year. What happened to the time?? It flew by us. I take this time to say: Thanks to you readers for standing by me - for faithfully reading this humble little column. Thanks for your insight and input. Thanks to my Editors. Thanks for reading and proof-reading what I submit. Thanks for the layout you provide for the "final cut" that... read more
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Along Life’s Way… The Lieutenant Who Never Forgot, By Lois E. Wilson
In the forties, we lived in Dayton, Ohio, in what was called a Dutch-Colonial 2-story frame house. I’ve studied some architecture, and it was neither Dutch nor Colonial. It had three upstairs bedrooms. The one bathroom, which had a tub and no shower, was across from my bedroom. During World War II, my Dad was designated 4-F for health reasons... read more
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Puzzle Pete’s Thoughts for November 11th, 2017 Lois E. Wilson
Use the clues in the left column to find the 4-letter answers to this word chain puzzle. The last letter of each is the first letter of the next answer. Work up and down. The puzzle is started for you. Solve it correctly, then reading down, the first letters of the answers spell out what Pete hopes for this observance day. Wilson's completed set of books has a new edition – now six volumes – of published poetry... read more
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Mind, Body, Soul… Holidays and Truth, By Mona Lease
Greetings, Gals!! OK - I admit it. I wondered why all of the hurt feelings, depression, anxiety, and such. Then - like a lightning bolt - it hit me. We're in the season where more people commit suicide...where more people fall prey to the constant barrage of the "holiday banter". We've all heard it...we've all seen it. Pictures of a blushing bride and a beaming groom in front of a Christmas... read more
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Daylight Savings Time, By Lois Wilson
Once again Senior Scribe Poet Laureate Lois Wilson is on top of the season with her insightful look at the important events of the day. This time it’s Daylight Savings Time. Every spring, an hour is taken away from us, only to be given back every fall. Some complain; some take it in stride. Wilson provides her thoughts about this annual event. Wilson's completed set of books has a new... read more
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Too Far Gone?? By Mona Lease
Hi, all!! I sat listening to a woman today bemoaning the fact that her Daughter-in-Law to be and she did not "hit it off" - exactly. It all started with a couple of blouses. The woman told me the blouses were too small for her and that they should fit the future Daughter-in-Law. She thought instead of returning them - maybe the Daughter-in-Law would like to have them. Long story... read more
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Puzzle Pete Says: It Fits to a “T”, Lois E. Wilson
Complete the 4-letter words ending in “T” by using the clues in the left column. Each answer begins with a different letter of the alphabet. Cross off each letter as it is used. Start with answers you know for certain. Pete hopes it’s not a “T-ease.” Wilson's completed set of books has a new edition – now six volumes – of published poetry. Volume 1 is out of print and no... read more
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Mind, Body, Soul… Thanksgiving Cometh, By Mona Lease
Greetings, Gals!! So - everyone keep up the exercises - breathing and relaxation for sure. We seem to have hit an "epidemic" of hurt and pain. We have the holidays coming - Thanksgiving is a mere 24 days away - as I write this. Enjoy the following!! "I've learned a lot this year...I've learned that things don't always turn out the way you planned, or the way you think they... read more
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Along Life’s Way… Ring! Ring! Scam Calling? By Lois E. Wilson
The phone rings. A female voice says, “Hello, Grandma?” Thinking I recognize the person, I answer, “Lisa? Is that you? It’s so good to hear from you!” After a little back and forth family small talk, the caller tells me, “I have a cold and I coughed all night. My voice probably sounds funny. Something happened. I’m going to tell you. Are you alone? Do you... read more
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Puzzle Pete’s Doorbell Rings, Lois E. Wilson
Solve this word chain puzzle to find out why Pete is stocking up. Use the numbered clues to find the 5-letter answers. The last letter of each is the first letter of the next word. Work up and down. The puzzle is started for you. Solve the puzzle correctly, then reading down, the first letters of the answers spell out why Pete stocked up. Wilson's completed set of books has a new... read more
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As We Think, So We Are, By Mona Lease
Hi, all!! Either I've always had my head somewhere else - studying, freezing produce, etc - or, this has been a bad year. For the sake of argument - I'm going to say it's been a bad year. Spring started out ok and summer came - I think. It got too cold at night and the tomatoes did not grow rightly. Oh - they turned red...looked like a tomato...tasted like a tomato. But the insides... read more
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Along Life’s Way… Trick or Treat? By Lois E. Wilson
I’m sure you’ve noticed how much decorating and promoting for Halloween has grown. Houses are adorned not only with pumpkins and cornstalks, but with scarecrows, witches, ghosts, cobwebs, anything that fits the theme. This is the story of the Beggars’ Night our family fought a battle. Over the years, we have lived in places where beggars that came to our door numbered over a hundred... read more
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Mind, Body, Soul… Lead Us Not Into Temptation, By Mona Lease
Greetings, Gals!! The following has me very concerned. I'm concerned about how we - as women - conduct ourselves. A woman I know has a cheating husband. He is now cheating on her - with a girlfriend of hers....or was a girlfriend of hers. The cheating husband knows his wife is friends with his new "bed partner." The girlfriend knows she at least was... read more
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Puzzle Pete’s big question, Lois E. Wilson
At the supermarket, Pete often wanders aimlessly through the aisles. Work this 6-letter word chain puzzle to learn what the big question is at checkout time. The last letter of each answer word is the first letter of the next word. Work up and down. The puzzle is started for you. When solved correctly, then reading down, the first letters of the answers reveal the question... read more
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Our Modern World "Talk," By Mona Lease
Hi, all!! I spoke to a woman who had gotten a letter. In it the writer spelled out how she had believed the woman's son-in-law really loved her. She believed he was not married. In the "afterglow" of one of their "trysts"...she questioned him. She found out that he is married...finds out that he has no intention of getting divorced. Nothing like a "woman scorned." Knowing that... read more
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Along Life’s Way… Help! I’ve Fallen! By Lois E. Wilson
In the past, I slipped and fell on carpeted steps as I walked down from the second floor to the first in our former house. The Good Samaritan ER doctor informed me that I had a severe back injury that would require my missing work for a couple of weeks. Later, my family doctor reported that they had mixed up the X-rays. The injury they thought was mine... read more
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Mind, Body, Soul… Inspiration, By Mona Lease
Greetings, Gals!! Everyone seems to be in a funk... or a bad situation lately. I hope the following inspires you. Inspirational Quotes 1)Oprah Winfrey: "You become what you believe." 2)Steve Jobs: "The only way to do great work is to love what you do." 3)Audrey Hepburn: "Nothing is impossible; the word itself says "I'm possible." 4)Dalai Lama: "Happiness is not something... read more
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Along Life’s Way… What Did He Just Say? By Lois E. Wilson
When I found a journal I had kept for the year 1964, I was reminded of Art Linkletter’s “Kids Say the Darndest Things.” For as I read through it, there were quotes of our 6-year-old son, Kevin, who was in kindergarten that year. What children say is often apt, insightful, and funny. Here are a few of his comments: After receiving the gift of a ukulele, he... read more
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Uncle Remus and An Autograph, By Mona Lease
Hi, all!! I've been listening to our words - as a people. And I wonder if we - as a people - have gotten ourselves cornered. The following is why I wonder: The whole NFL boycott has gotten so out of hand - tainted with racism. But see - I have not heard (for myself) any white people say anything about slavery, picking cotton, etc. And in the whole NFL "arena" - I've not heard of anyone... read more
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Puzzle Pete says, “A to Z…er…er”, Lois E. Wilson
Complete the 6-letter words using the clues in the left column. Each word’s beginning letter is given and all end in the letters “er.” Pete doesn’t mean ER like in a hospital, but at a loss for words “er.” He hopes you aren’t at a loss for words in his puzzle. Wilson's completed set of books has a new edition – now six volumes – of published poetry. Volume 1 is out of print... read more
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Mind, Body, Soul… Truth and Proof, By Mona Lease
Greeting, Gals!! When the idea lazily swan around in my mind to start this column and my Editor said ok...I thought: "Alright - we'll see where it goes." She was 18 and newly moved to Greenville. I don't even know how we met. We were friends through good and bad...through childbirths...through her house fire. Then she moved...life split us. We reconnected... read more
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Along Life’s Way… Bargain Baby, By Lois E. Wilson
My parents had a whirlwind romance. Their first date was in May and they married in August, less than three months later. They were the talk of the Manchester College campus. Some questioned, did they have to get married? The answer is “no.” Both were back in college the next month and finished their courses of study. I, their only child, was born seven years... read more
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Puzzle Pete’s favorite ships to remember this month, Lois E. Wilson
Use the clues in the left column to find the 4-letter answers to this word chain puzzle. The last letter of each is the first letter of the next word. Work up and down. The puzzle is started for you. Solve it correctly, then reading down, the first letters of the answers spell out Puzzle Pete’s choices for his top ships. Wilson's completed set of books has a new edition – now six volumes... read more
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Math and a Red Carpet, By Mona Lease
Hi, all!! Everyone is all a-twitter over the NFL and a pro-player or some pro-players, who refuse to face the Flag or stand during games. The following is my speculation: A woman filmed herself and put it on the computer for all to view. Acting like a reporter of sorts...she said she "investigated" the NFL players. She states that out of all of the players in the NFL teams combined - she found... read more
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Puzzle Pete says: It’s the vowels—A , E, I, O, U, Lois E. Wilson
Use the clues to determine the 3-letter answers. The second letter is given. Each of the 3-letter answers starts with a vowel. Cross off the vowels as they are used to start a word.  The correct solution uses all the vowels. Pete warns, “Don’t cross off ending vowels by mistake.” Wilson's completed set of books has a new edition – now six volumes – of published poetry... read more
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Mind, Body, Soul… Health-y, By Mona Lease
Greetings, Gals!! The following is a "part-two" to a Senior Scribe column of mine...available for viewing on Saturdays. It fits here, too. It is her story...her words. I cleaned up nothing...I just did not spell some stuff. "My journey started when I thought my "smoker's cough" was acting up and would settle down. It didn't. I found out I had lung cancer...along with... read more
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Along Life’s Way… Be a Good Sport, By Lois E. Wilson
At my high school, Fairview, girls received points for playing intramural sports. Earn enough points and you received an athletic letter. This encouraged us to experience a variety of sports. I tried tennis, softball, volleyball, and basketball. Each year there was a special track and field day when you could earn points by competing individually in events... read more
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A Final Frontier? By Mona Lease
Hi, all!! Before I start this: This column knows no racial/social prejudice. This column takes no sides. The point of this column is to present facts to you (pleasant or unpleasant) so that you might make an informed decision. Somewhere around 1982 or so - K-Mart in Greenville, Ohio opened for business. A friend of mine worked there. She shared that K-Mart corporate headquarters... read more
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Puzzle Pete says it’s in the “D-tails” A to Z, Lois E. Wilson
Pete says to complete the 6-letter words starting with “D” by using the clues in the left column.  The letters of the alphabet appear in sequence as the third letter of each word. He hopes you find it “D-lightful.” Wilson's completed set of books has a new edition – now six volumes – of published poetry. Volume 1 is out of print and no longer available, however Volumes 2-6 are available and are offered as a fundraiser for Empowering... read more


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