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Coming of Age

Coming of Age

As a teenager, wanting to be a writer is a bit out of the ordinary. I’m surrounded by people who want to be engineers of varying sorts, doctors and nurses, and even the occasional actor or musician but it seems few adolescents aim to be working in the english department. Maybe I’m wrong, but even wanting to be those other things, my peers sometimes lack the drive necessary to accomplish those things. I want to be a writer and I will openly admit there are days that if I see a pencil, I cringe, but I strive to better my capabilities as a writer in as many ways as I can. The internship at Leader Publishing Company was just one step towards that and this blog is just another facet of this internship.

Coming up with the topic for this blog was a battle on its own. I didn’t fight dragons or giants but I fought concepts and catchphrase. My earliest idea was “In a World of Tyranny”, which I created as a play off the name Tierney. I would describe my posts as hectic and sporadic. It works for that, but this; this is something new entirely. So I thought about what I do with my time and with my surroundings and came up with “Guitars, Ghosts, and Grades.” As you can tell by my actual title, “Coming of Age,” that was discarded very rapidly.

My next idea was to play off my {slice of life} column in the paper and make a segment over student life in the shadow of the adult world. I wrote my first post and while writing, it just felt wrong. Talking about my peers felt like hallway gossip and out of my capability. So, I was back to square one with no blog.

While talking to a friend of mine, Shelbi, she mentioned that it was my senior year and I should hang in there. That reminded me that this is my last year as a legal child, as a high school student. This is my last year as the thing I can’t have back, so I decided to write about my coming of age.

I know this world is full of coming of age stories but I thought the life of a Salem …   More

Kid at Heart

Maybe I’m a kid at heart but I absolutely love the newest thing to hit Salem, salemindianarocks. For those of you who don’t know, this is similar to a scavenger hunt in where you find and relocate decorated rocks around town, hopefully posting your finds to the salemindianarocks Facebook page.

If you are so inclined, you are also invited to paint and hide your own rocks. I have seen rocks decorated on all spectrums, from near professional renditions to rocks painted with a more abstract approach. All are beautiful and fun to look for.

I noticed the other day that a new form of decorating is trying to get started. It is a quilt design where the rock is divided into squares and as it is found, one square gets decorated thus making it similar to a quilt when all the squares are filled. I’m anxious to find one of those.

I found a rock outside the Leader office the other day and was so excited that I brought it in and shared it with my co-workers. We, of course, took a selfie with the rock that was gold with a heart on one side and a peace sign on the other and posted it to the website.

My son said we looked ridiculous and maybe we did but it was a fun ending to the workday. It was rehid that very evening.

This activity is the brainchild of Crystal Davis and her fiancé, Rowan Brough. They stumbled across the idea while in Louisville. She said finding the rock and rehiding it put a smile on their faces when they were going through a tough time and with all the negativity in the world she wanted a way to put a smile on others’ faces.

I hope that the activity continues and doesn’t slow down. It is truly a fun way to engage not just children but an entire family. The world needs more of that.

What a great activity for kids of all ages, encouraging creativity and getting them outside and being active. Community pride is also prevalent. Lots of people are getting into the act. I invite you to join the fun, if you haven’t already.

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Race Results April 26

Results
Federated Auto Parts ARCA 200
Sunday, April 26, 2015

ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards

Fast Qualifier: None, rained out

Federated Auto Parts 200: 1. Ken Schrader, Kyle Weatherman, 3. Dominic Ursetta, 4. J.J. Haley, 5. Austin Wayne Self, 6. Brandon Jones, 7. Tom Hessert, 8. Clayton Weatherman, 9. David Levine, 10. James Swanson, 11. Michael Lira, 12. Sarah Cornett-Ching, 13. Grant Enfinger, 14. Darrell Basham, 15. Thomas Praytor, 16. Brandon McKenzie, 17. Brad Smith, 18. Bobby Hamilton Jr., 19. Josh Williams, 20. Will Kimmel, 21. Bo LeMastus, 22. Con Nicolopoulos, 23. Josh White, 24. Frank Kimmel II, 25. Mark Meunier, 26. Wayne Peterson.

Lucas Oil Great American Stocks

Fast Qualifier: None, rained out

Federated Car Care 50: 1. Todd Kempf, 2. David Bayens, 3. Ronnie Basham III, 4. Brian Bayer, 5. Tony Conway, 6. Shawn Smith, 7. Dr. Travis Wilson, 8. Justin Pirtle, 9. Roger Williams, 10. Tim Rivers, 11. Troy Ashbaugh, 12. Beau Hendrich, 13. Greg Hubbuch, 14. Mike Sharp, 15. Johathan Ziegler, 16. David Powell, 17. A.J. Kempf, 18. Matt Stice, 19. Kyle Hadley, 20. Heath Helton.

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Teach your child to love STEM

Many of today’s most in-demand careers require an education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). As parents and grandparents, we can assist in developing the knowledge and skills to succeed in these areas by fostering a love of STEM activities.

What STEM activities can I do with my child?

One of the very best ways to give your child a good start in STEM is to take them outside. As early as you like, begin going on nature walks. Allow them to collect things in a bag – leaves, sticks, stones, fossils, flowers, etc. Spread the items out, look at each one and have a conversation about how they are similar or different. Ask questions like - Which ones might go together (sticks, leaves)? How do they feel (smooth, rough)? You can also discuss the color, shape and size of the items.

As your child grows older, they can help you plant garden, water the garden, pull the weeds and you can discuss the different steps of gardening and why each step is important as you are doing this activity together. As you continue to do these outdoor activities, start asking them why? And they start becoming the expert.

A fun indoor activity is cooking together. Young children can learn how to measure and mix. Older children can understand the concept of how certain food reacts to different temperatures. From making toast to soufflés, it involves STEM.

As your child grows older, allow them to plan and cook a meal under your supervisor. Give them a budget amount for the cost of the meal, take them to the grocery to buy what food and ingredients needed and after the meal is cooked and eaten, it is perfectly OK to help them with the cleanup!

A good family activity is to visit a science museum. Modern science museums have interactive stations where your child can not only see, but do. Most schools take students to a museum at least once, but your child will benefit from having your undivided attention in an unrushed environment with repeat trips …   More

Race Results May 9, 2015

Unofficial Results
CIRCLE TRACK
 GREAT AMERICAN RACING SERIES
Saturday, May 9, 2015

Circle Track Great American Racing Series

Fast Qualifer: Chuck Barnes

First Qualifying Race (25-Laps): 1. Barnes, 2. Bayer, 3. Hillard, 4. T. Kempf, 5. Bayens, 6. Rivers, 7. Berg, 8. Stice, 9. A.J. Kempf, 10. Cotton, 11. Short, 12. Brading, 13. Jenkins.

Second Qualifying Race (25-Laps): 1. Kimmel, 2. Smith, 3. Hudson, 4. Williams, 5. Conway, 6. Elliott, 7. Ware, 8. Hendrich, 9. Pirtle, 10. Todd, 11. Lux.

Circle Track Great American Racing Series 100: 1. Will Kimmel, 2. Blake Hillard, 3. Shawn Smith, 4. Todd Kempf, 5. Brian Bayer, 6.Curtis Peeples, 7. Roger Williams, 8. Chuck Barnes, 9. David Bayens, 10. Loren Short, 11. Artie Ware, 12. Brett Hudson, 13. Jeff Berg, 14. Marcus Elliott, 15. Justin Pirtle, 16. Matt Stice, 17. Ronnie Lux, 18. A.J. Kempf, 19. Tony Conway, 20. Ronnie Cotton, 21. Beau Hendrich, 22. Tim Rivers, 23. Mike Todd, 24. Josh Brading, 25. Brandon Tregembo, 26. Kyle Hadley

O’Reilly Auto Parts Pure Stocks

O’Reilly Auto Parts 25: 1. Justin Davis, 2. Todd Whitfield, 3. Jamie Goodman, 4. Mike Kestler, 5. Craig Rogers, 6.

Portland Recycling Front Wheel Drive Stocks

Portland Recycling 20: 1. John King, 2. Jesse Allen, 3. Max Abbott, 4. Travis Vaughn, 5. Kevin Vaughn, 6. Ronnie Gathof.

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Race Results May 30

Unofficial Results
Eddie Gilstrap Motors Legends Classic

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Lucas Oil Great American Stocks

Fast Qualifier: Shawn Smith, 19.689

Eddie Gilstrap Motors Ford EcoBoost 75: 1. Shawn Smith, 2. David Bayens, 3. Roger Williams, 4. Kyle Hadley, 5. Ronnie Basham III, 6. Tony Conway, 7. Mike Sharp, 8. Justin Pirtle, 9. Tim Rivers, 10. Todd Kempf, 11. Jonathan Ziegler, 12. Heath Helton, 13. A.J. Kempf, 14. Beau Hendrich, 15. Noll Staff, 16. Greg Hubbuch, 17. Troy Ashbaugh, 18. Taylor Webb, 19. David Powell, 20. Josh Brading, 21. Brian Bayer, 22. Artie Ware (DNS).

O’Reilly Auto Parts Pure Stocks

Heat Race (10-Laps): 1. Rogers, 2. Kestler, 3. Davis, 4. Goodman, 5. Whitfield, 6. Ferguson

Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center 30: 1. Mike Kestler, 2. Jamie Goodman, 3. Craig Rogers, 4. Justin Davis, 5. Todd Whitfield, 6. Brian Ferguson

Portland Recycling Front Wheel Drive Stocks

Heat Race (10-Laps): 1. Allen, 2. King, 3. Abbott, 4. Growe, 5. T. Vaughn, 6. K. Vaughn

Built Ram Tough 25: 1. John King, 2. Jesse Allen, 3. Max Abbott, 4. Bill Growe, 5. Travis Vaughn, 6. Kevin Vaughn

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Tortellii in white wine cream, spinach and bacon sauce

I don’t know what it is, but I’ve always loved tortellini more than ravioli. They are, essentially, the same thing — meat and/or cheese in dough, usually boiled to make the dough tender and often served with some kind of sauce. I’ve seen tortellini and ravioli used in pasta salads, but as I’m generally leery of those, I haven’t tried them out.

Because I’m not much of a wine drinker and I don’t really have a great place to store an open bottle of wine in my fridge, once I buy one to use in a recipe I seek out other recipes requiring that type of wine to help finish up the rest of it.

That was what happened here, with this Tortellini in White Wine Cream Sauce from   More

Moving...It's a blast

Moving...It's a Blast

Fixing up a house is one thing, but moving while in the middle of a home improvement journey is a whole separate saga. I don't know many people who actually enjoy the moving process. I'd be lying if I said I did. There are just so many things to do.

Do I keep these items that I haven't used in three years? Do I throw these clothes out? Do I bag these up to donate? This isn't even the hard part! The worst thing about moving is, well, moving.

If you ask my husband, he would say that I do not like change. Of course, the journey of owning a house together has been an exciting one, but getting down to the nitty gritty of boxing up and moving has been laced with curiosity, joy, and disillusion.

For example, I was under the impression that we had everything we needed to move into our own space. This belief was quickly shot down. Oh, you mean we need curtains? Did someone say something about a spice rack? What's an ice cube tray? It's amazing how many simple things we take for granted and believe are always there, yet quickly remember how important or practical they are when we start from scratch without them.

Let's not forget the joys of packing, as well. We are still taking boxes to our house even after almost six weeks of living there. We have the necessities, and unfortunately quite a bit of junk already accumulated. But still we have so much more to either move or toss.

Don't get me wrong - I am absolutely ecstatic to have our own space...we just hope to keep it a bit more organized and neater than before. I'm just not ready yet to give up the dream of having an uncluttered house. I know it's coming, but it seems all I am doing is prolonging the inevitable.

And then there are the cats who try their best to provide their own clutter. We have hardwood floors in our living room. When we first bought the house, we removed the two or three layers of linoleum that had been carelessly added and came across some original hardwood …   More

Kate's up to something Fishy

”I’m not a strict vegetarian. I do eat beef and pork. And chicken. But not fish ‘cause that’s disgusting! How do you know when fish goes bad? It smells like fish either way! ‘Hey, this smells like a dumpster — let’s eat it!’”

— Jim Gaffigan

Fish is one of those things that you either like or you don’t.

I love it when people say, about a fish dish, “It’s good! You’ll like it. It doesn’t taste fishy.”

If the only way you’ll like fish is if it doesn’t taste fishy, then you don’t like fish and shouldn’t really bother trying to choke it down. Try something else. Treat yo’self.

That said, should you handle the consumption of fish well, there are certainly nutritional benefits to eating it.

Ironically enough, fatty fish seems to have the most of those benefits. Types like salmon, trout, sardines, tuna and mackerel are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, crucial for brain function. They also tend to contain high-quality protein and various vitamins and minerals. Research has shown fish may lower your risk for heart attacks and strokes, along with autoimmune diseases like Type I diabetes, protect vision health and improve sleep quality. Some scientists believe it can even attribute to better mental health.

So for those of us who can tolerate it, our fishy friends can potentially give us a very healthy gift.

Recipes like this (http://www.jamiescookin.com/honey-soy-tilapia.html) Honey Soy Tilapia from (http://www.jamiescookin.com/) Jamie’s Cookin’ make it delicious. And simple.

Combine honey, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar and minced garlic and dip two filets in the marinade and place them in a baking dish. Pour the rest of your marinade over the fish and bake at 400ºF for 20 minutes.

Or less. This ended up overcooking and the fish was dry.

That said, the flavor was good — a balance of the sweet and savory — and the recipe was super easy and fast from fridge to table.   More

A light to the world

Some people just light up a room when they enter it and Wanda Fisher was one of those people. Her smile was infectious and her laugh even more.

When I received the call telling me that she had lost her battle with cancer I was both sad and relieved. For those who remain behind it is painful but at the same time, she was suffering and now she is pain free.

I guess I have always known the name Wanda Fisher as she lived on “our side” of town and was considered a neighbor when I was a kid. But it was not until my adulthood that I really knew who she was and became friends with her.

What a sweet person she was. And vibrant, my word, she simply exuded energy. I’m sure she didn’t know a stranger and was always free with her hugs. This is probably what drew me to her, as hugging is my thing too.

She loved to tease and always found time to flirt with my husband. I should have been jealous because he would just smile, and flirt right back. He fondly referred to her as “my girl.”

She was the matriarch to a family that I have also grown to love over the years. Her son Trent, daughter-in-law Katherine and grandkids, Sarah and Adam are so blessed to have been able to call her mom and grandma.

When I say her eyes lit up when she talked about Sarah or Adam, I mean she literally beamed. She was so proud of them and she was a vital part of their lives. They are so lucky to have had that close bond with her.

She was able to see Adam graduate from Salem High School and I caught a glimpse of her from across the gym floor but was not able to get to her to give her a hug. She didn’t make to this year’s fair, which was an event she loved, but I know she was there in spirit while Adam showed in his last swine show.

It was during the fair that I last checked on her, getting an update from Trent. I learned that she was at Salem Crossing so they could give her round the clock care and medicine to try to keep that ugly cancer at bay.

I had hoped to …   More

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