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One of my most favorite brushes, the filbert

One of my most favorite brushes, the filbert

Some people think of a brush as a stick with some hairs protruding out one end of it. No, each …

May 5th, 2016 |  

Buzzed driving is drunk driving

Buzzed driving is drunk driving

In the United States, Cinco de Mayo has become synonymous with festive fiestas and salty margaritas. Historically, the fifth of …

May 5th, 2016 |  

The darkness of Pike County

The darkness of Pike County

“In the darkest part of night, probably dressed in dark clothes, dark men did a dark, dark deed, bringing us …

May 4th, 2016 |  

Life’s comforts are like ‘flowers for the living’

Life’s comforts are like ‘flowers for the living’

What picks you up, makes you feel good and lifts your spirits? What has the power to sustain you in …

April 30th, 2016 |  

Everything tastes better with bacon

Everything tastes better with bacon

Cheery spring greetings from our house to yours. We thoroughly enjoy spring days in the quiet countryside outside Flat Rock, …

April 30th, 2016 |  

Financial literacy a lifelong pursuit

Financial literacy a lifelong pursuit

Do you consider yourself educated about managing finances? Recent studies show the majority of Americans are not educated enough in …

April 29th, 2016 |  

Some advice for would-be journalists

Some advice for would-be journalists

Many years ago, back when I was just a wee journalist, I worked at my college newspaper with a guy …

April 29th, 2016 |  

So far in debt — how do I get out?

So far in debt — how do I get out?

As I was getting ready to write the article for this week, I noticed that I had received “cell phone …

April 29th, 2016 |  

The first crop of spring

The first crop of spring

The first crop of spring is something I had nothing to do with. In fact, there’s some good eating if …

April 28th, 2016 |  

Earning 27 cents the hard way

Earning 27 cents the hard way

Last week I received a document from the Social Security Administration. The neatly typed document explained how much money I …

April 27th, 2016 |  

Kasich can’t let the dream die

Kasich can’t let the dream die

In his dreams, John Kasich must see himself there — the hometown underdog celebrating his triumph at the Republican National …

April 26th, 2016 |  

Stopping mumps with vaccination

Stopping mumps with vaccination

With recent cases of mumps occurring in Indiana to dozens of college students starting in February, the importance of vaccination …

April 23rd, 2016 |  

Taking stock of the seasons

Taking stock of the seasons

Every season has its charms, if one looks for them. For instance, early in the spring, there’s always that first …

April 23rd, 2016 |  

A dirty little secret

A dirty little secret

This will be one of the “dirtiest” articles I have written, so I wanted to warn you because it may …

April 22nd, 2016 |  

Autism is something of which I’m always aware

Autism is something of which I’m always aware

April is National Autism Awareness Month. Several weeks ago was World Autism Awareness Day. My awareness of autism spectrum disorder …

April 21st, 2016 |  

Protecting Ohio students from for-profit college scams

Protecting Ohio students from for-profit college scams

Imagine working for months or years toward a college degree — investing hours in late-night study sessions and tens of …

April 21st, 2016 |  

Delegate process confusing, not corrupt

Delegate process confusing, not corrupt

Donald Trump has been attacking the Republican delegate selection process, and while he makes some good points about the lack …

April 20th, 2016 |  

You can’t judge a whole grain by its color

You can’t judge a whole grain by its color

I have seen “white whole wheat” bread and high-fiber white pasta products for years now, but I’ve always been a …

April 16th, 2016 |  

Honoring one of the great authors of our time

Honoring one of the great authors of our time

I didn’t have a ton of friends growing up — which I know is probably hard to believe, given my …

April 15th, 2016 |  

What is your definition of success?

What is your definition of success?

What is your definition of success? A brand new house of your dreams? A shiny new car? Being able to …

April 15th, 2016 |  

Quieting my mind so I can paint

Quieting my mind so I can paint

Most people do not understand that painting is very much a process. The first step in the process is learning …

April 14th, 2016 |  

The ‘State of the State’

The ‘State of the State’

On Wednesday, legislators and other public officials from around the state gathered in Marietta to hear Governor Kasich’s annual State …

April 11th, 2016 |  

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