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Along Life’s Way… Was it a coincidence? By Lois E. Wilson
My son, Kevin, and his wife had come from Washington state for a few days’ visit in the area. He and I planned to go to Dayton on Friday to do clean-up tasks at a family grave site. But that day it rained 2 ½”. We postponed the trip to Monday. His son Anthony, my 33-year-old grandson from Texas, would be here by then and wanted to go with us. Their wives... read more
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Puzzle Pete’s takes in an August event, Lois E. Wilson
Use the numbered clues to find the 6-letter answers to this word chain puzzle.. Each dash stands for a letter. The last letter of an answer word is also 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 where Pete went. Wilson's completed set of books has a new edition – now six volumes... read more
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Mind, Body, Soul… James Dean? By Mona Lease
Greetings, Gals! By now you should be able to tell some sort of difference in your body and mood if you've been doing the exercises dated 7/5/2017 and forward. I edit these stories from women for punctuation and I delete profanity. Another story follows. "For whatever reason...I was drawn to the "James Dean" type. They were too cool for rules. And they... read more
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Makes You Think, Doesn’t It? From a CNO Reader
This will remind you of the droll humor of comedian Steven Wright, who once said, “Many are afraid of heights.  I am afraid of widths.” These are excellent “plays on words”. Not puns so much as a different look. * If you attempt to rob a bank you won't have any trouble with rent/food bills for the next 10 years, whether or not you are successful. * Do twins ever realize that... read more
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Darke County Senior Scribe… Thought Circles, 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 back to school. This is a poem she wrote when she and her husband, Jim, were doing literacy tutoring at Wayne Industries. While acknowledging they were working with adults, she noted – correctly - the message is valid at... read more
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What To Do?! By Mona Lease
Hi, all!! So - I read that the USA "slaps China" with sanctions. China "promises" 1,000 fold retaliation. The UN agrees to sanctions on North Korea. North Korea says: "There is no bigger mistake than the United States believing it's land is safe across the ocean." People that I've listened to and spoken with are in a panic - some actually border paranoia. And paranoia is the... read more
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Puzzle Pete’s double alphabet scramble, Lois E. Wilson
Complete the 3-letter words and abbreviations by using the clues. The last letter of each answer is given. Each answer starts with a different letter of the alphabet. Cross off each letter as it is used.  Pete’s hint: Complete first the answers that you know for certain. Pete hopes it doesn’t scramble your brain. Wilson's completed set of books has a new edition – now six volumes... read more
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Mind, Body, Soul… Rose-Colored Glasses, By Mona Lease
Greetings, Gals!! Another reader wants to express the following. "I always thought all of my relationship problems with males were the males' fault. I thought my failed marriages were the males' fault. But, that's not true. I took a backward look. What is true is that I had a preconceived mold that I thought all men were capable of filling. Again, that's not true. It wa... read more
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Puzzle Pete’s request to Mother Nature, 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 my request and why I wiped my brow.” Wilson's completed set of books has a... read more
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Consider This, By Mona Lease
Hi, all!! I got the following from Facebook. I did not research it. It makes sense to me. I know - for a fact - that guys were turned down for military duty during the Draft for high blood pressure, flat feet, hearing loss, poor vision, etc. These are all "safety issues." "Transgender Military Ban: For everyone flipping out about President Trump's ban on transgenders serving in the armed... read more
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Mind, Body, Soul… Sense and Sensibility, By Mona Lease
Greetings, Gals! I'm actually surprised at how well this column has been received. to date. Thanks readers/hearers sooo much!  A reader wants to share the following. "When I was in my rearing years, I do not remember hearing about anyone being depressed. Certainly you never heard of any kids being depressed. You never heard of anyone being... read more
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Thoughts, By Mona Lease
Hi, all!! This is all probably just me but - have you listened to the way people talk - the words they use in various settings? I hear people - usually guys - say they are going to take a p..s. The same guy will ask a dog if it has to potty. Why is there a difference? The same person will take a p..s and his child will potty. When the same "pottying" child reaches say - 15 - that child... read more
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Puzzle Pete hits the target, 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 who hits the target for Pete. Wilson's completed set of books has a new edition – now six volumes – of published... read more
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Mind, Body, Soul… Leopards and Zebras, By Mona Lease
Greetings, Gals!! A hearer of this column wanted to share her experiences and thoughts. "It seemed like all of the guys I knew and were around, were wrong. They were all liars, cheaters and such. Then I went through a really bad time in my life. After finally getting through it all...I realized a few things. We do not live in a "caste system." If you want to change your... read more
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Fire and Ice, By Mona Lease
Hi, all!! Iceland is an island nation of Nordic descent. It sets just outside (south) of the Arctic Circle. After being under the control of various neighboring provinces - Iceland gained independence in 1944 - and is still independent today. Iceland sets where the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans meet. The Highlands of Iceland are cold; containing sand, mountains and lava fields... read more
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Puzzle Pete’s “T-zers” A to Z, Lois E. Wilson
Complete the 5-letter words starting with “T” by using the clues in the left column. The letters of the alphabet appear in sequence as the third letter of each word. Pete hopes this puzzle fits you to a “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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Mind, Body, Soul… An Invitation, By Mona Lease
Greetings, gals!! In my introductory edition of Mind, Body, Soul - I had meant to extend an invitation to the guys out there. Some of this stuff will benefit you - diet, exercise and the like. As nearly as I can tell - we women get a double-portion of what I call the "mush and gush." Males have the xy chromosomal pattern and we women have the xx chromosomal pattern... read more
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My Friend, The Wren, By Mona Lease
Hi, all!! I had wondered what to write this week. I heard Russian President Vladimir Putin say - on television - that he and US President Donald Trump will work together. I've heard and read that they will work together on the Syrian situation. Ok - so - I heard President Putin say - on television - that it was illegal for the US to sit in the ocean (or sea) and lob 50+ (or however many... read more
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Puzzle Pete’s it takes two, Lois E. Wilson
Pete says that you need 2 letters for this word chain puzzle. Use the clues to solve the 5-letter answer words. The last 2 letters of each become the first 2 letters of the next answer word. Work up and down. Pete asks, “Is it two for tea or two to tango?” Wilson's completed set of books has a new edition – now six volumes – of published poetry. Volume 1 is out of print and... read more
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Mind, Body, Soul… A Check-Up and Exercise, By Mona Lease
Greetings, Gals!! Before you start on any of what I submit to you - I urge you - I strongly suggest - and otherwise ask you - to see your family physician. You need to ask him/her to order "fasting" tests for glucose and cholesterol levels. Your body should be able to maintain a 8 or 10 hour fast. You are allowed to drink water. This will show what the pancreas... read more
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Puzzle Pete’s “E’s”:  A to Z, Lois E. Wilson
Complete the words starting with “E” by using the clues in the left column. The letters of the alphabet appear in sequence as the second letter of each word. Each dash stands for a letter. Pete asks, “Was it E-Z?” 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... read more
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Brutally Honest, By Mona Lease
Hi, all!!  "I am a friend of Mona's. She's my best friend. I smoked cigarettes. I smoked a lot of them. I now have lung cancer. I also have a cancerous tumor in my breast. I started treatments. Chemo therapy and radiation. I had a port put in my chest. It goes directly into an artery behind my heart. Veins are too small to support the weight (which is actually very minimal) for the... read more
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Oxymorons… From a CNO Reader
1. Is it good if a vacuum really sucks? 2. Why is the third hand on the watch called the second hand? 3. If a word is misspelled in the dictionary, how would we ever know? 4. If Webster wrote the first dictionary, where did he find the words? 5. Why do we say something is out of whack? What is a whack? 6. Why does "slow down" and "slow up" mean the same thing... read more
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Mind, Body, Soul… An Introduction, By Mona Lease
Greetings Gals!! It probably started sometime in May - 2012. I had contracted what I believe was viral pneumonia. I was sick for a month. I laid on the couch, over a vaporizer, hacking and spitting. The only taste buds that seemed to work were those that registered sweet. I had given up on any food - I could not taste it. I shoved the Ocean Spray juice to... read more
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Independence Day... Puzzle Pete was dazzled, 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 also 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 what dazzled me.” Wilson's completed set of books has a new edition – now six... read more
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Puzzle Pete says, “It’s up to “U.” Lois E. Wilson
Use the clues to find the answer words A to Z. The answers have various endings but all rhyme with the letter “U?” Each dash stands for a letter. Pete wishes good luck to U. 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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Memories of Truth, By Mona Lease
Hi, all!! I'm amazed - yet again - at how these columns follow each other. Last week was about how women - at large - treated men when they were expressing their new found freedoms and liberties. I found out last Friday that an old girlfriend's boyfriend...who became a friend of mine for the last 28+ years - died. We lived four lots apart in the same mobile home park... read more
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Puzzle Pete says Coming in Second, Lois E. Wilson
Puzzle Pete claims in this challenge, the alphabet is an “also-ran” to the letter “A.” Complete the words starting with “A” by using the clues in the left column.  The letters of the alphabet appear in sequence as the second letter of each word.  The spaces indicate the number of letters in each answer word. Wilson's completed set of books has a new edition – now six... read more
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A Crux and a Fork, By Mona Lease
Hi, all!! From Wikipedia and concerning Billie Jean King's life - "By 1968, King realized she was interested in women." Being the tennis pro she was - she faced Bobby Riggs in a match (which was dubbed "Battle of the Sexes") at the Astrodome in Houston, Texas. At some point she started advocating "equality of the sexes" - nothing was safe. Remember how tennis... read more
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Puzzle Pete’s advice for Father’s Day, 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 the puzzle correctly, then reading down, the first letters of the answers spell out Pete’s advice. Wilson's completed set of books has a new edition – now six volumes – of published poetry... read more
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Summertime and the Livin's Easy, By Mona Lease
Hi, all!! It's summer - time for a dip in the pool - a barbeque on the patio - a good water fight - a boat ride - anything to smile or laugh and enjoy low bills and high memory-making times. With that...I submit the following to you. Enjoy...I'm headed to the patio with iced tea. Be careful who you trust and who you tell your problems to. Not everyone who smiles at you is your... read more
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Puzzle Pete salutes the flag, 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 salutes our flag. Wilson's completed set has a new edition – now six volumes – of published poetry... read more
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Puzzle Pete’s double alphabet scramble, Lois E. Wilson
Pete says to complete the 3-letter words by using the clues. The last letter of each word 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 answers that you know for certain. Wilson's completed set has a new edition – now six volumes – of published poetry. Volume 1 is out of... read more
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To the Moon and Back, By Mona Lease
Hi, all!! Flashing red lights, warning bells...ding, ding, ding. Read on at your own risk. The following is more of what circulates through my head. I told a couple of people and they said they wanted to see this in print. I thought I'd submit it - see what happens. According to Wikipedia, John Glenn was born in 1921. He's an Ohio boy - by the way. He flew on Mercury-6 in 1962. He... read more
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Puzzle Pete goes to a June event, 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. Puzzle Pete says, ”Solve it correctly, then reading down, the first letters of the answers spell out where I went this June.” Wilson's completed set has a new edition – now six volumes... read more
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Civility, Respect, Authority…, By Sharon Hopper
Boy have we lost all three of these attributes in this nation. I have watched late night TV and have become so disgusted that I just go to bed when the weather is over. That is about all I watch. Everything else in depressing and/or criminal. (lately the weather has not been so upbeat) Now what I am really trying to say is that we now live in a nation without rules. I have... read more
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Don't Be Deceived, By Mona Lease
Hi, all!! From my prior column - "Kruschev Said"...I had wondered why this God (the one we, as a people, are saying needs to be back in our schools, government, etc) would help us since His name has been used as a tax shelter of sorts with tithes to the church and that in return helps reduce the tax you owe at the end of the year with the IRS. (I cite this because... read more
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Darke County Senior Scribe… Out of the Woods, 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. In this case, she wraps up the season: the political season. Again. It seems Hillary won’t go away. According to Politico, some are loyal to the end, some are incredulous, thinking “is she really thinking?” and some are wondering when she will go away so they can rebuild their party... read more
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Straight Talk, By Mona Lease
Hi, all!! This column is risqué. Risqué is from a French word that means "to risk." Among the many words associated with risqué - I'm citing the following to provide parameters in which to look at the following text: rude, improper, crude, and coarse. I've been speaking to a few people about this and they want to see this in print. They say they want to show it to a few people. Read... read more
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Puzzle Pete’s May thoughts, 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. Puzzle Pete likes to reflect about people he has known. He thinks of good times with family members and friends. Solve it correctly, then reading down, the first letters of the answers reveal what... read more
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The Circus is Coming, By Sharon Hopper
I am just 5 years old and my dad comes into my room before daylight and says “get up or we will be late”. Then I remember that this is the day that the train is bringing the circus to town and dad and grandpa are taking me to watch them unload and watch the parade from the train to the fairgrounds. I am hurrying to get dressed and into the car so we can pick up grandpa and get down... read more
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English Is A Crazy Language, From a CNO reader
Homographs are words of like spelling but with more than one meaning. And a homograph that is also pronounced differently is a heteronym.  Read all the way to the end... Somebody spent a lot of time and effort to put this together!   1) The bandage was wound around the wound. 2) The farm was used to produce produce. 3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.  4) We must polish the Polish furniture... read more
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Puzzle Pete applauds the grads, Lois E. Wilson
Puzzle Pete says 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 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 why Pete applauds the grads and why they give a sigh of relief. Wilson's completed set has... read more
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Kruschev Said... By Mona Lease
Hi, all!! I've been watching this woman for the last four years. She lives next door to a married man. His wife lives with him. The woman tells her kiddie not to talk or wave to the married man's wife but, it is ok to wave and say hi to the married man. It is ok for the woman to play with the married man. Before I continue - this woman can not be the only woman (or man) to be playing... read more
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Praise God for Mothers, 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. In this case, she takes a heartfelt look at an important annual event: Mother’s Day. Praise God for mothers, she says.  Then she defines M-I-T… want to know what that is? Read on. Wilson's completed set has a new edition – now six volumes... read more
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Is It That Obvious? By Mona Lease
Hi, all!! I was waiting in line at a local store. The accent drew my attention to the gentleman speaking. With his face hidden in the shadows of a huge Stetson hat perched on his head, I heard him say Darke County is shrouded in all this "secrecy." He remarked that around here all he heard "us" say was: all was ok - we're all doing good - business is booming - family... read more
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Puzzle Pete’s Mother’s Day gift suggestion, 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 the three little words mothers like to hear as a gift.” Wilson's completed set has a new... read more
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Of Animals and "Storms", By Mona Lease
Hi, all!! "On days when the sun is unbearable, on days when the rain is relentless...you can pull animals out of a terrible life..." This is an excerpt from a commercial aired by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. It speaks of cold weather, rain, heat, and animals forced to live in this with no food, water, or shelter. Every time I hear this commercial; it goes through... read more
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Puzzle Pete’s triple trial, Lois E. Wilson
Use the numbered clues to find the answers to this word chain puzzle. Each dash stands for a letter. The last three letters of an answer word are also the first three letters of the next word. Work up and down. The puzzle is started for you. Pete calls this a “tri-angle test.” Wilson's completed set has a new edition – now six volumes – of published poetry. Volume 1 is out... read more
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"We Need God.... By Mona Lease
…in our government, in our schools, in our courts, etc." Hi, all!! I was speaking with a woman who hears these columns. She has no computer - she can not afford it. Someone tells her about these columns...which is exactly why I try to give you readers ideas. With a few added background facts (that you should check for yourselves) you should be able to make an informed decision as... read more
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Puzzle Pete’s “R” we there yet? Lois E. Wilson
Complete the 6-letter words starting with “R” by using the clues in the left column. The letters of the alphabet appear in sequence as the third letter of each word. Pete wishes he were a pirate so that he could say, “RRRRR’s.” Wilson's completed set has a new edition – now six volumes – of published poetry. Volume 1 is out of print and no longer available, however... read more
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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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