Author Archives: Betsy

Four Things That Make Me Want To Go To “Da Cape And Da Eye-lants”

What comes to mind when you think of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket? Hand-woven Nantucket lightship baskets? Scrimshaw pie crimping wheels carved from whale teeth?  Or sailors’ Valentines, the octagonal boxes with intricate patterns of seashells that 19th-century sailors … Continue reading

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“Who’s Lois Lenski?”

One of my most treasured childhood keepsakes measures just over five inches square, with a photo my mother took in 1965 of a lady wearing a grey dress, white hat and a corsage pasted inside. Another cost $1.45. Debbie and Her … Continue reading

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Oh, To Have Spun Silk, Made Wool Carpets And Pressed Cider With Abigail and John James

This circa-1850 cider press on display at the Johnny Appleseed Educational Center and Museum in Urbana isn’t just any old cider press. It’s what a friend of mine named John James used to process apples from trees that Johnny Appleseed … Continue reading

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The Time Is Ripe For Visiting Urbana’s Johnny Appleseed Museum

For days now, “The Lord Is Good To Me,” the well-known song sung by tenor Dennis Day in the 1948 animated Walt Disney film, The Legend of Johnny Appleseed, has been on an automatic repeat in my head. It might happen … Continue reading

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Barn Quilts Celebrate Four Seasons of Farming in Historic Champaign County

Remember the “Ohio’s Bicentennial 1803 ♥ 2003” emblem that was painted on the side of 88 historic Ohio barns — one in every county of the state — to commemorate Ohio’s bicentennial in 2003? A similarly creative campaign was established … Continue reading

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Warm Up Worthington!

A flaxen-haired waif was sitting at a booth at the Christmas market in Munich, Germany, trying to keep warm in a cotton sack dress. She looked at us so pleadingly that we took her home. Now our little German friend … Continue reading

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See How Phoenix Makes Bats That Whack Zombies, Hit Vintage Baseballs and Bring Major-League Home Runs

As every gym period approached, the sweaty palms and fluttering stomach butterflies would start. Would I fall from the balance beam? Would I smack the water after my dive? Would I get tangled up in the dreaded climbing net? I … Continue reading

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