Author Archives: Betsy

Swoon Over Welsh Lovespoons

Whenever I needed a pick-me-up during my days working in Miami University’s Walter Havighurst Special Collections, I’d report directly to the “AY11” section of the shelves, browse Helen Coulter Ball’s collection of gift books, select a volume, sink to the … Continue reading

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In Grandview Steht Ein Hofbräuhaus

“Guten Tag, Elizabeth!,” the subject line of an e-mail read. “Vielen Dank!,” I said to myself as I immediately accepted an invitation to attend AAA’s “Bavaria Night with Viking Cruises,” a festive affair at the Hofbräuhaus Columbus that featured a … Continue reading

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Inside Dr. Sloan’s Library, It Feels Like It’s Still 1914

I passed the elegant buff-colored brick and gray stone building with an Italian tile roof twice: first, on my way to a 2013 birthday tour of the Airstream factory in Jackson Center; then, while traversing Union and Logan Counties in … Continue reading

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Mariann, Mamie, John and Patrick Would Have Breathed Easier If Carrie Nelson Black Helped Them

Tuberculosis killed one out of nine people in Columbus in the early 1900s. In 1902, it took the life of my 40-year-old great-great-grandmother, Mariann Corcoran O’Connor, who was both the child and the wife of Irish immigrants. Three of her … Continue reading

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Artists Hatched A Plan To Embellish Ostrich Eggs

Scrambled, fried, poached, boiled, pickled in beet juice, or whipped to a light, fluffy consistency, eggs provide essential protein, vitamins and minerals to sweet and savory dishes alike. Their smooth shells are so naturally lovely that they were pursued by … Continue reading

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On Magee Marsh’s Famous Boardwalk, I Spotted Warblers, Blackbirds and Kenn Kaufman

My mind wanders a lot. Sometimes it plods at a deliberate pace, pestering me about things I need to do. Other times, it skips merrily along over thrilling thoughts that make me daydream during meetings. Worst of all, it races … Continue reading

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Be A Real Aesthetic Paper Doll With Just A Snip, A Stitch And Some Lurex

For those who razz me about my on-the-road recycling program, your days of merriment may be over. If you’ve shopped for ladies’ clothes lately, you might know why the curtain may be coming down on that act. Never before have … Continue reading

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