Author Archives: Betsy

Bring Wilbear Wright Home From The Birthplace of Aviation

Thirty minutes on the treadmill raced by as I listened to Pulitzer prize-winning author David McCullough talk to WOSU’s Ann Fisher about two intellectually curious brothers who loved to read, to learn and to keep to themselves. These determined models … Continue reading

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Start The Ball Rolling To Visit Minnetrista

When you see a Ball jar, you might think of luscious homemade jams, savory pickled cucumbers and ripe tomatoes, all preserved at the peak of their freshness so they can be enjoyed all year long. Visit Minnetrista in Muncie, Indiana, … Continue reading

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Bear’s Mill Pancake Mix, Cornmeal And Flours Aren’t Your Run-Of-The-Mill Pantry Staples

As it meanders through western Ohio, U.S. Route 36 passes interesting sights like the historical marker in Saint Paris for A.B. Graham, the founder of 4-H agricultural clubs for young people; the Urbana home of John Hough James, a pioneer … Continue reading

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The Wallpapers In Paul Laurence Dunbar’s Dayton Home Are As Lovely As His Books

Margaret Armstrong’s decorative bookbindings are beautiful representations of this talented book designer’s interest in botany, the distinctive lettering that she developed, and the rich colors that she used in her work. The designs she created for When Malindy Sings, Li’l … Continue reading

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You Won’t Be At Wit’s End Finding Erma Bombeck’s 15-Ton Rock At Dayton’s Woodland Cemetery

In this modest Ranch-style house in Centerville, Ohio, Erma Bombeck sat at a makeshift desk fashioned from a wooden plank and cinder blocks and used an IBM Selectric to type the “At Wit’s End” columns that launched her career. Erma, … Continue reading

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Ride Roller Coasters In Sandusky? No, Thank You, I’d Rather See The Dorns’ 1950s Home And The Hotel Breakers

Most people travel to Sandusky, Ohio to experience daring drops, corkscrew turns and spinning swings from hundreds of feet above the ground, but I prefer the thrill of going there to see a porch with a rubber ceiling and walls, … Continue reading

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Start Feeding Your Lawn at O.M. Scott’s Original Marysville Hardware Store

White Linen and Lalique de Lalique are lovely fragrances, but to me, the headiest scent of all is the one that permeated my dad’s hardware store: Scotts lawn fertilizer. I contentedly took a big sniff of it recently, when I … Continue reading

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