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 |  


’Tis the season …

’Tis the season …

In this week’s On Fertile Ground are the topics of my December:Real vs Artificial: A Christmas Tree battle!The debate ranges! Both may be in sli...

December 5th, 2022 |  


Many Happy Returns of the Year!

A few days ago I saw a TV promotion about commemorating the 100th birthday of Charles Schulz. Had the cartoonist not passed in 2000, he would have cel...

November 29th, 2022 |  



Time for giving back

Time for giving back

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is one in a series of outreach columns from the Champaign County Board of Developmental Disabilities.As you probably know, t...

November 25th, 2022 |  


THE Thanksgiving Snow Event!

I have lived through two blizzards. The one I remember, because I experienced it, occurred in 1978. I drove through the remains of it and missed 15 da...

November 22nd, 2022 |  


Stand up! Sit down! Fight! Fight! Fight!

The people in history I find most inspiring are those who stand up for their fellow human beings, individuals who use their power, their influence, th...

November 15th, 2022 |  


A special thank you

Friends of the Champaign County Library group would like to extend a warm Thank You to all of those that made the Fall Book Sale a huge success. Those...

November 15th, 2022 |  


Leadership should focus on economy

Here in Ohio, the American electorate sent a loud and reverberating message to Washington at the ballot box this fall. It is clear that voters want ou...

November 15th, 2022 |  


When they read aloud to us

Recently, I have been thinking about my mother reading books aloud to us girls during our preschool years. Of course it happened: that’s how I k...

November 8th, 2022 |  


A clover lawn? Is he nuts?!

A clover lawn? Is he nuts?!

No, I’m not, at least not totally. Hear me out! This just might work in some situations.Growing a beautiful lawn requires a great deal of work. ...

November 7th, 2022 |