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Hi Everyone!

I have been off work from my job in the cafeteria at The Wellington School in Upper Arlington since mid-March, but I have been keeping busy.

I have been biking or walking outside every day and also exercising 5 days each week using either the stationary bike or treadmill. I bake a lot with mom and I help dad with yard work. He even showed me how to use the leaf shredder in the spring. I like to visit the creek in our backyard every day to see if there is anything new in there. One day, I found a black snake...

Here’s what you missed on JPC...

Not being together in the building means that if you don’t have children participating in Just-Peace Camp, you might not even realize it is happening.  Rather than doing multiple days in a row, we decided to spread the program out over three weeks, releasing materials to parents on Thursdays for them to use whenever was convenient for their family.  

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On Wednesday, July 29, Marlene Suter and I took the rest of the 224 comforters Piecemakers made during the 2019-2020 year to MCC Connections in Kidron.  (We had not been able to fit all of them into two vehicles when we drove up seven weeks ago.)  We also took the quilt that Marlene Suter, Joanna Suter, Joyce Wyse, and I pieced last fall at Lakeside.  It was hand quilted this winter and spring by Sarah Basinger, a cousin of Marlene’s from Bluffton.  It will be entered into the Ohio Mennonite Relief Sale quilt auction this year.

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For ten years I biked home from work, 7 miles up High Street.  A bike route no longer than that was one house hunting need last year, and I enjoyed a 6-mile ride home daily until the Covid lockdown.

The shortest route took me up Cleveland Avenue to 17th, then a quick dogleg onto Ontario and straight through Linden Park to my house.  Then renovation of that run-down park started last summer, with complete fencing that forced me onto streets I’d not ridden before and past a house with the small front yard given to raised garden beds, a sight that...

During this pandemic, we lament the loss of ballroom dancing.  Square dancing was very popular in the 1970s while I was stationed at Minot AFB, ND.  In between the squares, the caller would “cue” round dances.  Round dancing is choreographed ballroom dancing to a particular popular song and covers all the standard rhythms like waltz, foxtrot, bolero, cha-cha, tango, etc.  Combined dancing was on Friday nights and classes for round dancing only were held on Wednesday nights.  A beginner’s class had just started.  My wife Sally had been working in the ceramics shop in the...

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