The Case for Minutiae

I have been on a trivia tear this week, kindled by a fascinating YouTube tidbit from a cross stitch tutorial: the English name of each season contains...

January 24th, 2023 |  


Old Magazines, Newly Imagined

Trying to choose a clever synonym for “magazine,” I am frustrated by the stuffiness of “periodical” and the trendiness of R...

January 17th, 2023 |  


The local lineage of the MLK holiday

In January of 1975, the Ohio Legislature took up the debate to recognize the third Monday of January as a state holiday in honor of the late Rev. Mart...

January 17th, 2023 |  



Wishin’ and Hopin’ and Thinkin’ and Prayin’

A simple postage stamp recently sent me down “memory lane” again in search of “the good old days.” I’m never quite sure ...

January 10th, 2023 |  


Kitchen scrap gardening? Regrow your fruits and vegetables!

Kitchen scrap gardening? Regrow your fruits and vegetables!

Looking for something to do different in 2023 besides the same ole boring “lose 5 pounds” or “exercise more” or any other asso...

January 4th, 2023 |  


’Tis the Season for Spectives!

To close out each year’s calendar, I indulge in a final pleasure that is retrospective in nature: a celebration of the accumulated achievements ...

January 3rd, 2023 |  


Yes! Yes, We Do!

Thirty-some county fairs ago, I attended for the first and only time a demolition derby. I still don’t completely understand this motorsport, in...

December 27th, 2022 |  


The Magic of Christmas

Here is my favorite Christmas story, one I wrote as a gift for my parents several years ago. Perhaps my reminiscences will help you remember the magic...

December 20th, 2022 |  


Football, Soccer, Fussball: All the Same to Me!

It will amaze my family and friends that I’m even attempting to write about soccer, while my acquaintances in the land of Fussball will be appal...

December 13th, 2022 |  


On the Menu: Dirt, Bugs, and Fungus!

A “sweet” memory recently surfaced: At our annual exchange program family potluck, one of the German students nervously confided that her ...

December 6th, 2022 |