Monthly Archives: April 2013

During “Basic Birding” at Blacklick Woods, I Blurted Out, “Cardinal at Noon!”

One fine fall day in 1974, my fellow Columbus School for Girls preschool classmates and I took a field trip to Blacklick Woods. While we were there, my favorite teacher, Mrs. Dickens, took each of our pictures to make a special … Continue reading

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Bernard Master and Jim McCormac Are Helping Me Get Over “The Birds”

Whenever I visit Kenyon College, I’m in my element, but one fall weekend I spent there was extra-special.  While I was there, I spotted a flock of sculpted crows perched atop Kenyon’s Ransom Hall, a clever commentary on the middle name … Continue reading

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Only Children Have a Great Role Model in Bruce G. Lynn

I’m always on the lookout for fellow only children to emulate. I found one of them in Bruce Greiner Lynn.  Mr. Lynn was born in Columbus on December 16, 1916. He graduated from North High School and The Ohio State … Continue reading

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Wander Through the Nationality Rooms at the University of Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Learning and Take a 90-Minute Tour Around the World

When a lecture isn’t taking place inside, a classroom is one of my favorite hangouts on a college campus. After-hours at Sweet Briar, I’d go to my Arts Management seminar room on the second floor of the Anne Gary Pannell … Continue reading

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The Secret Garden Spring Flower Show at Phipps Conservatory Was So Exquisite, I Had to Recharge My Batteries

Amidst Pittsburgh’s Schenley Park stands the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, a striking crystal palace that was a gift to the city from philanthropist Henry W. Phipps. Since 1893, the conservatory has been inspiring and educating visitors about not only … Continue reading

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Clayton, Henry Clay Frick’s Pittsburgh Home, Was Worth My Ten-Year Wait

Most people I know travel to Pittsburgh for a Steelers or a Pirates game, but I’ve been longing to go there to see Clayton, the Gilded Age home of Henry Clay Frick. Ten years ago, I checked out a copy … Continue reading

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There Are 600 Madame Alexander Dolls at the Zanesville Museum of Art!

My grandparents gave me many wonderful presents over the years, but none are as special as my 26 Madame Alexander dolls. Beginning with two Huggums baby dolls, my collection quickly grew to include Heidi, Cinderella, Snow White, Rebecca of Sunnybrook … Continue reading

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