Author Archives: Betsy

Bake Batches Of Tasty Treats With The Columbus Dispatch’s Holiday Cookie Guide

When the ever-present plate of cookies is passed at a holiday gathering, what do you choose? I’ll admit, there’s a strategy to how I load up the Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate for its next trip around the table. The Springerles, … Continue reading

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Cultivate A Taste For Thomas Cole

Of all the images of artwork over which I pored in darkened lecture rooms and slide libraries, Kindred Spirits is one of those at which I marveled the most. Its painter, Asher B. Durand, skillfully executed sparkling waterfalls, soaring birds, … Continue reading

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Be Still, My Beating Heart, For The Healthy Sanctuary On Olentangy River Road

While I’ve “taken the waters” from the hot springs bubbling below Bath, England and West Virginia’s famous White Sulphur Springs, I derived just as many beneficial and healing properties from a much closer destination. Spending the better part of a … Continue reading

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See An Atlantic Puffin And The Amalfi Coast Without Leaving Central Ohio

My mobile cuisine experiences may be limited to a Charlie Brown moment involving beignets and a longstanding intention to track down Alice’s Aebelskabels and try the traditional Danish pancake known as aebelskiver, but this strategist is well-versed in the continuing … Continue reading

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Poseidon Still Looks Good At 17

If you grew up in Columbus between 1964 and 1999, what comes to mind when you think about COSI? Dozens of rolled-up sleeping bags for camp-ins at the museum? The coal mine? The Street of Yesteryear, with its mock storefronts … Continue reading

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“Watch This Cap” For The Mariners Who Will Spend A Cold, Damp Christmas At Sea

“Knit a Monmouth Cap,” the headline of an article in the Christmas 2016 issue of Early American Life, hints. Monmouth caps — named for the city in southeast Wales located between a thriving area raising Ryeland sheep and a busy … Continue reading

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Start Exploring Franklinton On The West Bank Of The Scioto River

“Go west, young lady,” I thought, as a warm, windy walk took me toward the Scioto River. Horace Greeley might have been thinking about America’s westward expansion, but my Manifest Destiny involves exploring the home of Phillip’s Original Coney Island, … Continue reading

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