Is the ‘Empress Tree’ a tree or a weed?

Is the ‘Empress Tree’ a tree or a weed?

We often get questions about a tree called the “Purple Empress” (Paulownia tomentosa) from people who have seen the tree in bloom or in ma...

November 14th, 2018 |  


Give the gift that keeps on giving

Give the gift that keeps on giving

From a giant Boba Fett action figure to the first copies of my published book, I’ve received some pretty cool presents my previous 44 birthdays....

September 21st, 2018 |  


A ‘community’ is just a ‘place’ if the newspaper dies

A ‘community’ is just a ‘place’ if the newspaper dies

“You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone.” The old adage came to mind as I thought about my local newspaper ...

September 15th, 2018 updated: September 17th, 2018. |  



Their View

Their View

I began my career in teaching immediately after graduating from Wittenberg University in 1976, which means that for the last 42 years I have been work...

September 11th, 2018 |  


Once again, summer speeds to its conclusion

Once again, summer speeds to its conclusion

The very notion of an “Endless Summer” — long days filled with barbecues, swimming pools and little league baseball games — ha...

September 5th, 2018 |  


The times (and toys), they are a-changin’

The times (and toys), they are a-changin’

Apparently, one of my mom’s favorite toys as a child were her jacks.She once showed me how she was the jacks champion of her class, bouncing the...

August 29th, 2018 |  


Ole Tom Turkey, your time has come

Ole Tom Turkey, your time has come

The redbuds are blooming, the dogwoods are budding and the turkeys are gobbling. That can only mean that turkey season is right around the corner.For ...

April 12th, 2016 |  


‘A Winter Queen’s Tea’ will host Miss Ohio USA

‘A Winter Queen’s Tea’ will host Miss Ohio USA

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” — Author C.S. Lewis.Bossard Library will pair the lo...

January 2nd, 2016 |  


Is it time to switch our national anthem?

Is it time to switch our national anthem?

WASHINGTON — Once again, the loser is … “The Star-Spangled Banner.”In this exciting season of presidential debates, baseball p...

October 16th, 2015 |