December 19, 2014

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1,260 Giving Dolls bring cozy comfort to kids

When you ask Jan Householder about the Giving Doll Project, her voice takes on a note of awe. Householder created the program of using a very simple pattern to make dolls that would be distributed to children in need of something to cuddle. “I can’t believe how it’s taken off,” she said. “It seems like Read More…

Revisit the past with simple scrapbooking techniques

Photographs. Snippets of sentences that capture an important moment in life. A swatch of cloth, scrap of lace or bit of ribbon from a child’s favorite dress. An old news clipping. A letter written by a soldier far from home. All these things and more can be the basis for scrapbooking projects, be they full-blown Read More…

Capturing the magic of family storytelling

Not all stories begin with “Once upon a time.” The ones most dear to us, the ones with softly worn words, like a well-loved stuffed toy or favorite book with dog-eared pages, are those that spring from a family’s heart and history. “Remember when Mary brought home the cat that had her kittens in Mom’s Read More…

Practical and playful preparations for fall and winter

Remember that old story about the ants and the grass-hopper? The ants worked hard to store food for the winter, while the grasshopper idled away the summer hours playing his violin. When the snow swirled down, the grasshopper was left out in the cold with nothing to eat. That’s not a bad fable to remember Read More…

Writing contest: Third honorable mention

Joyce B. Ferguson of Chippewa Lake received third honorable mention for her memories of Chippewa Lake Park. Chippewa Lake Park was a family-friendly amusement park. During the 1930s, when my family owned a cottage, small children could roam safely around the grounds on weekdays when there were no company picnics. Park workers kept watch to Read More…

Writing contest: Second honorable mention

“A Sunny Sunday Afternoon,” by Tom Callahan of Lodi, won second honorable mention. I had a dime in my pocket, and I was walking to downtown to get a nickel double-decker ice cream cone. It wasn’t unusual for a 6-year-old to be out on their own in 1936 in Patton, Pa. What was unusual was Read More…

Automotive class finishes with hands-on maintenence

MEDINA — June 14 was graduation day for Sue Ochsner, JoAnn March and Carol Burrows, but instead of walking across a stage to get diplomas, they stood beside their cars in the parking lot of the Medina Senior Center. As students in Leo Swancer’s new car care class at the center, they learned the language Read More…

Writer’s contest: First honorable mention

Hildegarde Bender, of Granger Township, received first honorable mention. It was wartime, and nary a bicycle to be had, so my best friend, Kay, and I took my older sisters’ pre-war bikes to the front yard and, flipping the rear, U-shaped “stand” down, which lifted the rear wheel off the ground, we proceeded to teach Read More…

Second place, writer’s contest ‘Summer’s Child’

Yvonne Wallrath of Hinckley Township won second place with her poem. Summer’s Child When I was mom and you were child There was a place you knew, Away across the green field Where wild strawberries grew. We wandered in our gathering, My summer’s child and I, When dry leaves stirred and air blew cool Across Read More…

First place, writer’s contest: Tomatoes and marigolds

Senior Living invited writers 55 and older to submit essays, poems and stories with a summer nostalgia theme. We are presenting the work of the top three winners and hope they remind you of your own summer memories. We appreciate all writers who took the time to enter the contest and share their talents with Read More…