Category Archives: Crafts & Hobbies

Braided, Gimped, Or Ground Up, Hair Was Rooted In Sentimentality

“What’s the most sentimental gift you have received?,” the Royal Collection Trust tweeted on Mothering Sunday. “Queen Victoria was a sentimental mother. She had numerous lockets and pendants made containing strands of her children’s hair.” Many of Victoria’s contemporaries followed … Continue reading

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A Show Of Hands, Please: Have You Been To 1665 W. 5th Ave.?

The best part of spending weekdays in room 1098 is its history-spanning view of downtown Columbus. Look left and find the former Hartman Hotel, built in 1898 by the Columbus doctor who made his fortune from the patent medicine known … Continue reading

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There Are So Many Doorstops To Make. I Am Impatient To Begin.

Ohio Village has everything I need to live a very contented life. I’d reside in the house at the end of the boardwalk, across from the schoolhouse. There’s a study club where I could participate in book discussions, a newspaper … 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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I Spy…A Golden Spike, A Calico Ditch, A Heart-Shaped Padlock, An Assassinated President and More Charm Strings

Do your workmates rib you for packing the same thing for lunch, day after day? That’s what happened to a Dover Steel Mill worker who relished tucking into some Swiss cheese and a piece of rhubarb pie for his daily noontime repast. … Continue reading

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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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Can You Hear Them? Can You See Them? Yes, You Can, At The Robbins Hunter Museum!

I turned the doorknob of the fanlighted side door of the elegant building at 221 East Broadway in Granville, and a lady rushed up to greet us as we walked in.  “Are you here for a tour?,” she asked excitedly, … Continue reading

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