Author Archives: Betsy

The Wigwam! Wow!

There must have been something about traveling to the western United States in the 1920s. My grandfather’s 1927-28 journey from Ohio to California in the family Model T led to a lifelong love of Zane Grey novels. At that same … Continue reading

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“Indeed, This Ohio Girl Makes, On The Whole, The Most Varied And Interesting Exhibition In The Galleries”

Parting with some things to simplify your life? Maybe you’re finding what other downsizers have found. Prized family heirlooms may be destined for the dumpster, impossible to sell or give away to younger generations with little interest in the past. … Continue reading

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At Herman Miller’s Design Yard, A Way of Living Is Also A Way of Working

Four offices in nine years. My grand tour of my workplace has taken me to two floors, providing various views from different directions. Now I sit at the end of a hall. After having been deluged with conversation on the … Continue reading

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Marshall Fredericks Was Here In Columbus!

Two Bears. Baboon with Chimpanzee. Baboon with Sleeping Child. All sculptures by a Michigan sculptor named Marshall Fredericks, on view at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan. “How do I know that name?,” I wondered, … Continue reading

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If You Seek The Best Part Of The Meijers’ Collection, Look Under Your Feet

What prompts us to start collecting things? For Frederik Meijer, the founder of the Meijer retail and grocery chain, and his wife, Lena, it was supporting a project to have Marshall Fredericks create a bronze sculpture of Hans Christian Andersen’s … Continue reading

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“Come Down to Holland in Tulip Time”

Fancy the fresh taste of Fortuin’s Wilhelmina peppermints? Hankering a flaky, buttery Aviateur almond round pastry or a caramel-filled Stroopwafel? Craving the crisp sugar shell and soft filling of Mentos sweets? Ready for a piece of Rademaker Hopjes coffee candy? … Continue reading

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Riders Up! Ready To Pass Fifteen More Places During Our Tenth Running of the Streets of New York City?

“The more I know New York, the more I think of it,” starts the Cole Porter song. “I like the sight and the sound and even the stink of it.” Yes, indeed, I happen to like New York! Here are … Continue reading

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