Monthly Archives: May 2013

If Only I’d Worked at the Ohio Historical Society When Naturalist Edward Sinclair Thomas Did

Watching a live webcast of Dan Brown’s recent Lincoln Center appearance to promote Inferno, I slouched in my chair at the Westerville Public Library and took in his show-and-tell-style remarks about how his childhood influenced his love of puzzles and … Continue reading

Posted in Birds, Books, Columbus, Nature/Outdoors, Ohio, Ohio History Connection (formerly the Ohio Historical Society), Ohio State University, Special Collections | 2 Comments

I Haven’t Tried Arts and Crafts Coppersmithing or Pottery-Making Yet, But I’ve Finally Embroidered an Inglenook Textiles Pillow

I’ve cranked out scads of lovely 18-inch Elizabeth Bradley Berlinwork pillows, but none were as coveted as the Inglenook Textiles creation that I just added to my collection of handmade needlework cushions.  My yearning to make one of these pillows … Continue reading

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Franklinton’s Birds Chirped, “Follow Us to Green Lawn Cemetery!”

Since its founding in 1848, Green Lawn Cemetery has provided a final resting place for many well-known figures in Columbus history, such as Worthington pioneer Orange Johnson, author James Thurber, Ohio Governor James Rhodes, and World War I aviator Eddie … Continue reading

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The Grange Insurance Audubon Center Is the Perfect “Third Place” for a New Birder Like Me

Last November, I wrote about OCLC being my Third Place. Step aside, OCLC! Last weekend, I found a new hangout that’s the perfect place for a new birder like me to spend time. It’s the Grange Insurance Audubon Center, a … Continue reading

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What Stinks? Why, It’s Woody!

There’s been a change to the editorial calendar so that I can share some breaking news with you. Woody is blooming! This morning, The Columbus Dispatch reported that the rare titan arum, fondly known as the “corpse flower,” was about … Continue reading

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Blooming Daisies Made for an Extra-Special Mother’s Day Brunch at Lakeside

Yesterday, the Butler triumvirate hit the road for a Mother’s Day field trip to Lakeside. Our first stop was the 19-acre Lakeside Daisy State Nature Preserve in Marblehead. This is peak blooming time for the rare, threatened plant, so the … Continue reading

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Knitting My “Shield of Norway” Mittens, I Conquered Fair Isle and Remembered My Visit to Trondheim, Norway

“A Cruise of Norway’s Fiords Reveals Scenic Treasures,” an article I wrote for the July 3, 1994 issue of The Columbus Dispatch, sums up the highlights of my August 1993 vacation in Norway. In Lillehammer, I rode the lifts that … Continue reading

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