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An Acid Test, By Mona Lease
Hi, all!! I have a couple of friends who have been diagnosed with cancer. One said she's going to let the lung cancer take her. The other one had reconstructive surgery to the face (sinus cancer) and is now minus an eye. What do you say here?? What do you do?? Maybe the answer is as simple as the following: True friendship isn't who you have known the longest...it's who... read more
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Puzzle Pete’s double-up word chain, Lois E. Wilson
Use the numbered clues to find the 5 and 6-letter answers. Each dash stands for a letter. The last 2 letters of an answer word are also the first 2 letters of the next word. Work up and down. The puzzle is started for you. Pete hopes that you won’t think it too puzzling. Wilson's completed set has a new edition – now six volumes – of published poetry. Volume 1 is out of print... read more
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Dollars and (No?) Sense, By Mona Lease
Hi, all!! Life continually amazes me. And people really amaze me. I've heard people say we need a war to get our economy back to a desired place. Of course, these people only have girls..and there's no draft. During our election for Trump, I heard people agree that we need to stop aliens (legal and illegal, visas were not going to be issued) from coming to our country....and... read more
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Puzzle Pete’s “AN” answers: A to Z, Lois E. Wilson
Pete finds that many words contain other words. Use the clues in the left column to solve the answer words. He runs the alphabet A to Z with “an” placed where occurring in each word. Each dash stands for a letter. One answer contains a second “an”. Did you find it? Pete says it’s fantastic! Wilson's completed set has a new edition – now six volumes – of published poetry... read more
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Enough Already, By Mona Lease
Hi, all!! It's not stopped since our Presidential Election decided that Donald Trump was our next President - someone cheated for Trump - Russia "helped" our presidential outcome. A US District Judge will not dismiss a lawsuit filed by three protesters who say then-candidate Donald Trump encouraged violence against them at one of his (Trump's) rallies. Trump University... read more
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Puzzle Pete asks: Why a 1040? Lois E. Wilson
Use the numbered clues to find the 5-letter answers of this word chain puzzle. The last letter of each is the first letter of the next word. The puzzle is started for you. Work up and down. Solved correctly, reading down, the first letters of the answers spell out the response Pete received to his question. Wilson's completed set has a new edition – now six volumes – of... read more
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Snakebite Venom!! By Mona Lease
Hi, all!! Again - for you faint-of-heart readers, you'll probably want to stop reading here. I spoke with a young gentleman who resides in Darke County. He was tested for something. His liver blood levels were high. Another test. "You have Hepatitis C" - a viral thing. I asked how he got it. He said he knew the girl  he was "in love" with had it. They shared needles. She... read more
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I Deserve, By Mona Lease
Hi, all!! I was up at 5:30 am last Saturday morning. I was perusing Facebook. The bar ran across that tells me there is a list of people I might know. I perused it, too. Wonder of wonders and a real blessing - I ran across a woman for whom I used to work. I contacted her, we caught up - she reads this column. So - welcome aboard this humble little column - glad to have... read more
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Puzzle Pete’s happy; here’s why— 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. Puzzle Pete says, “Solve it correctly, then reading down, the first letters of the answers reveal why I’m so happy.” Wilson's completed set has a new edition – now six volumes – of... read more
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The Dance, By Mona Lease
Hi, all!! For you faint-of-heart readers, you'll probably want to quit reading here. I'll state now that I do not consider myself any better than any of you. I've got a bear-trap mark or two on my ankle. I've been talking periodically to a young woman. And it always goes the same: "Oh, he's wonderful. This time it's the real thing. He accepts me just the way I am. He accepts my kids. He... read more
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Puzzle Pete goes green, Lois E. Wilson
Use the numbered clues to find the 5-letter word answers. The last letter of each is the first letter of the next word.  The puzzle is started for you. Solved correctly, reading down, the first letters of the answers spell out why Puzzle Pete went green. Wilson's completed set has a new edition – now six volumes – of published poetry. Volume 1 is out of print and no longer... read more
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(Don't Break) The Chain, By Mona Lease
Hi, all!! I received a phone call one day last week. A young girl - maybe 28 years old - is all upset, stayed out all night and has a three month old child the Father took care of in her absence. Ok readers - I heard your first comments. They were some of my first thoughts, too. Shameful as they may have been for me!! Then I got to studying on this a spell. What would... read more
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Puzzle Pete’s double alphabet scramble, Lois E. Wilson
Complete the 3-letter answers by using the clues. The last letter of each is given. Each answer word starts with a different letter of the alphabet. Cross off each alphabet letter as it is used. Pete’s hint: complete first the words you know for certain. Wilson's completed set has a new edition – now six volumes – of published poetry. Volume 1 is out of print and no longer... read more
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Puzzle Pete runs the B’s:  A to Z, Lois E. Wilson
Pete likes the alphabet and the variety of words found in our language. 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 third letter of each word.  He hopes you don’t get “B-fuddled.” Wilson's completed set has a new edition – now six volumes – of published poetry. Volume... read more
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No Regrets, By Mona Lease
Hi, all!! While I've never lied to you readers; I've never bared my soul either. This last week I started having chest pains. After I made it to Upper Valley ER and got settled in an Observation Room; the silence started. Yep - silence in a hospital!! I looked at all of the monitors to which I was hooked. Then I looked back across my life. Yeah - I've made some really dumb decisions... read more
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Wait… what? From a CNO reader
All the below are true stories and have happened to me over the last 69 years.... Just read that 4,153,237 people got married last year. Not to cause any trouble but shouldn't that be an even number?  Today a man knocked on my door and asked for a small donation towards the local swimming pool. I gave him a glass of water.  I want to die peacefully in my sleep, like my grandfather.  Not screaming and yelling like... read more
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Puzzle Pete says: Meet the Williams, Lois E. Wilson
Puzzle Pete knows a lot of people with the surname “Williams.”He often forgets their first names. Help Pete out by matching each answer clue with the correct first name by putting its number on the blank to the left of that name. Pete appreciates your jogging his memory! Wilson's completed set has a new edition – now six volumes – of published poetry. Volume 1 is... read more
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Food For Thought, By Mona Lease
I thought I might have been out of line with the three columns about heroin/illicit drug use. Then I saw the EarlyBird - front page - belt and needle. How did life get this far astray? When did life get this far astray? With all of this in mind and seemingly no answer - no "immediate" answer for this problem...I submit the following for your consideration: Did you know... read more
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Puzzle Pete sees double, Lois E. Wilson
Use the numbered clues to find the 5-letter answers. Each dash stands for a letter. The last 2 letters of an answer word are also the first 2 letters of the next word. Work up and down. The puzzle is started for you. Puzzle Pete wants to know—“Are two better than one?” Wilson's completed set has a new edition – now six volumes – of published poetry... read more
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Puzzle Pete’s Presidents’ Day Word Chain, Lois E. Wilson
Use the numbered clues to find the 3-letter answers to the 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 who Pete honors in February. Wilson's completed set has a new edition – now six volumes – of published poetry... read more
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Welcome Aboard!! By Mona Lease
Hi, all!! Things just get curiouser and curiouser. (I borrowed that from Alice in Wonderland.) I was wondering about a "part three" to the drug activity I've addressed. But there's not enough for a full column. Then I received a phone call. A woman I've become friends with started working anew. She has a couple of part time jobs. We keep each other "in check" with wrong feelings (the... read more
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The latest from the world of Lexophiles, From a CNO Reader
Lexophile is a word used to describe those that have a love for words, such as "you can tune a piano, but you can't tuna fish", or "to write with a broken pencil is pointless." A competition to see who can come up with the best lexophiles is held every year in an undisclosed location. This year's winning submission is posted at the very end. ... When fish are in schools... read more
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Graphic Drug Activity, By Mona Lease
Hi, all!! For the faint of heart - you might want to stop reading here. "I'm bored. Let's get high. I want to really get high. Ok. The dealer gets called. The drugs arrive. They break out a needle. Everyone gets a "load." It's going to be ok now." "The guy" hears a girl yell at another girl to get up - wake up - come on - don't do this. "The guy" makes his way back to where the commotion is... read more
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Puzzle Pete says it’s in the air, Lois E. Wilson
Yes, he wants you to find the 4-letter word 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. Puzzle Pete says, “Solve it correctly, then reading down, the first letters of the answers reveal something about romance.” Wilson's completed set has a new edition – now six volumes... read more
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Love takes the center stage, 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 the season of “love,” or would-be “love,” or hoped-for “love;” the season when hearts go pitty-pat (and florists, greeting card and candy companies make their annual quotas). You’re never too young – or too old – to appreciate your... read more
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Puzzle Pete says try this quartet: A to Z, Lois E. Wilson
No matter whether you’re a soprano or bass, get in harmony while exercising your brain with this puzzle. Complete the 4-letter words below using the clues in the left column.  The beginning letter is given. The words all end in the letter “A”. Puzzle Pete sings the lead. Wilson's completed set has a new edition – now six volumes – of published poetry. Volume... read more
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Chasin' the Dragon, By Mona Lease
Hi, all!! I added another girl to my list of friends (inner circle really) in July of 2016. We've had some really profound conversations. I just had to share the following with you. Of Cantonese origin, from Hong Kong, is the phrase "chasing the dragon." It refers to inhaling vapors from a heated solution of morphine, heroin, oxycodone, opium, and ya ba (a pill containing a... read more
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Puzzle Pete’s February Advice, Lois E. Wilson
Use the numbered clues to find the 4-letter word 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. Puzzle Pete says, “Solve it correctly, then reading down, the first letters of the answers reveal my advice for getting an early Spring.” Wilson's completed set has... read more
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Take 5 (or 10?), By Mona Lease
Hi, all!! Trump "executive orders" the wall built - Mexico to pay for it. Taxpayers might have to pay for it first while Mexico repays the US. Trump says the US is withdrawing from the Pacific Partnership Trade deal. Women dressed like "ladyparts" walking the streets of Washington (DC) in protest to a "slight" they feel is Trump's fault. For the sanctity of this column... read more
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Puzzle Pete says it’s initially yours, Lois E. Wilson
In place of their first names, some people are known best by their initials. Match each surname in the right column by entering its letter in the blank by the clue. Puzzle Pete prefers that you refer to him by his full name and not his initials. Thank you! Wilson's completed set has a new edition – now six volumes – of published poetry. Volume 1 is out of print and... read more


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