Monthly Archives: January 2014

Oh, To Have a New Spring Wardrobe from William Ashton’s Collection!

I’m ready to shed the layers of toasty clothes I’ve been lugging around every day for some new spring duds. Scanning the environment for possibilities, I recalled a striking collection of textile designs I came across a few years ago. … Continue reading

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Miss the 1970s? Cook, Entertain and Craft in Sphere Magazine Style!

If you miss the days of presiding at a dinner party in a patchwork hostess gown and decorating with macramé, join me in a look at how the domestic arts were celebrated during the 1970s in the pages of Sphere … Continue reading

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What Do FDR, An Inappropriate Word and Literary Journalism Have In Common?

Barging into the Whetstone branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library the other day, I was met by the penetrating gaze of a middle-aged man in a swimsuit who defied me to walk by without getting to know him better. When … Continue reading

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What Waterbird Looks Like a Klimt Painting?

Late one afternoon last month, I was feeling as gloomy as it looked outside.  Disappointed that I was in the midst of another holiday season and I still hadn’t accomplished my goal for yet another year, I tried to cheer … Continue reading

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This Is No Ordinary Knife!

This might look like a plain old knife to you, but it has a Presidential connection! Appreciating its significance calls for some history. Orphaned at a young age, my great-grandmother Julia O’Connor Born was brought up by Miss Naomi Baker, … Continue reading

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Order Your Next Frosty at Wendy’s New Flagship Restaurant

Fellow fans of the Frosty, join me on a visit to a very snazzy new Wendy’s! On December 17, 2013, the Dublin, Ohio-based fast-food chain opened its flagship restaurant at 4555 West Dublin Granville Road, across the street from the … Continue reading

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