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January 25, 2020

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Who was Miss Muffet anyway?

Why we read nursery rhymes to our children

By Liz Gordon-Hancock
Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker's man. Bake me a cake as fast as you can...
Humpty dumpty sat on a wall; Humpty dumpty had a great fall...

I'm reading these Mother Goose rhymes to my two-year-old, as part of his bed-time stories.

Have you ever stopped to think about these nursery rhymes and what these stories or words mean?

So many of these rhymes just don't make sense: Hey diddle, diddle, the cat and the fiddle. The cow jumped over the what?


Remembering Glennys: ‘Everyone needs to find a way to serve’  

While a generation of Et Cetera Shop shoppers will remember Glennys Henry as a long-time volunteer, an earlier generation of Bluffton youth, now adults, will remember her as an elementary teacher.

She died Jan. 4, just shy of her 95th birthday. CLICK HERE for Glennys' obituary.

Glennys was passionate about helping those in need and giving of her time as often as possible, regardless of the cause.  


My season of motherhood

Diapers, sleep deprivation and dancing chickens

By Liz Gordon-Hancock
To everything, there is a season. And I'm not talking about the fall, winter, spring, summer... or even the Christmas season, but the seasons that come with motherhood. These seasons are typified by little things, like diapers or high chairs, soccer balls or pom poms.  

If you have a teenager, you may be in the season of door-slamming and hormones. If you have a growing boy, you may be in the season of monthly shoe-shopping, as you try to keep up with your son's ever-growing feet.


When to lie to your children

A mother's musings

By Liz Gordon-Hancock
When is it appropriate to lie to your children?

The reason I'm even asking myself that question is because my father-in-law has severe dementia/Alzheimer's and there are scenarios where lying to him is actually the best thing to do for him, in that moment.

When my father-in-law first went into the nursing home, he was perpetually panicky about the cost of his care and would demand my husband tell him how much was in his bank account. In this case, lying to him was the best thing to do.


Teaching idioms to first graders?

My kids bring a lot of papers home from school.

Amongst these papers was a sheet of practical activities to do at home to encourage literacy, logic, character-building and math skills. Under the language section, it suggested counting how many idioms my first grader could think of, as a sort of game.

You're pulling my leg, right?


"I forgot my gloves and I can't feel my thumb!"

"I forgot my gloves and I can't feel my thumb!"
- Mark Smith

That's the winner caption to our most recent "write a caption to this photo" contest. The photo shows Nate Gundy with thumb in the air sitting with Brett Buller at the state semi-final boys' Division III soccer game.

Nate and Brett, both BHS soccer alums, live in Orrville and attended the game that sent Bluffton HS into the state finals.

Icon viewer Mark Smith wrote the winning caption and will receive five passes to the Shannon Theatre.