Monthly Archives: June 2015

Would You Shake A Cook’s Flour-Covered Hand?

With her rolled-up calico sleeves and ruddy cheeks, this merry-looking cook personifies friendliness, but would you shake her flour-covered hand? That’s the question Lilly Martin Spencer poses in Shake Hands?, an 1854 painting that has become one of this artist’s … Continue reading

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Adelaide’s House Is Fit For A Queen

The Downtown worker taking a break on the Milo’s Capitol Café patio watched me scour the northeast corner of the Ohio Statehouse grounds for Adelaide’s house.   I looked everywhere — by the patio, toward the Ohio Senate’s home in the … Continue reading

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No Wonder Birds Flock to Gene Stratton-Porter’s Limberlost Cabin

The songs of Petey the canary must have been the perfect background music for Mrs. Warren G. Harding as she read The Harvester and Her Father’s Daughter. The former First Lady owned both of these books by Gene Stratton-Porter, the self-taught … Continue reading

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The Granville Inn Is Back, And It’s Better Than Ever

It was the setting of a few Thanksgiving and Easter buffets with my grandparents, dinner with my childhood hero before my CSG prom in 1987, an October 1999 presentation I gave as chair of the Ohio Bicentennial Literary Committee, and … Continue reading

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