Author Archives: Betsy

With A “Grüß Gott” From Bishop Campbell And A Schultüte, First Graders At St. Mary School Are Off To A Great Start

My first day of first grade in September 1975 was a special occasion, but it paled in comparison to what first graders at St. Mary School in German Village experienced on their first day of school. Students, teachers, parents, school and … Continue reading

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See Covered Bridges, Preserved Prairies and Pioneer Cemeteries Along The Big Darby Plains Scenic Byway in Union County

The best Sunday-afternoon drives with my grandparents involved going to see a “garage.” That was my name for the covered bridges that we explored throughout central Ohio. As we walked or drove across them, we’d study how they were built, … Continue reading

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At The Jubilee Museum, A Cat’s Namesake Holds A Fish In A Miraculous Way

I saw six old friends during the St. Mary sesquicentennial celebration last week, and I’m ashamed to admit I had forgotten all about them. Every Sunday morning, I looked at them, thought how beautiful and reverent they were, and was fascinated … Continue reading

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St. Mary’s Traffic-Stopping Sesquicentennial Procession Brought Us Home to German Village

Last Friday, a Bavarian bricklayer named Johann Ranft treated my mother and me to one of the most memorable experiences of our lives. Ranft (1821-1880) was a founding member of St. Mary Catholic Church in German Village, the chairman of … Continue reading

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“Would I Were In Grantchester” and the Lambeth Palace Library

My “Destinations To Visit” folder has two new entries: London’s Lambeth Palace and Grantchester in Cambridgeshire, England. It all started last winter, when I watched “Grantchester,” a six-episode PBS MASTERPIECE Mystery! series.   The programs are based on the Grantchester … Continue reading

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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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