Category Archives: Crafts & Hobbies

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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Start Your Charm String Under The Sign Of The Golden Button

When Apple’s iPhone was released, its sleek look set it apart from the competition. Gone was the traditional keypad, in favor of a touch-sensing flat screen. It was another example of the minimalism that Steve Jobs, the company’s co-founder, favored. … Continue reading

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Pysanky Say Much More Than “Happy Easter”

“There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away,” Emily Dickinson declared in her well-known poem. There was also nothing like a circa-1975 16mm film to take five-year-olds to a faraway place where Easter eggs are serious business. Every … Continue reading

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From Haystacks to Homestead, Miss Rumphius Would Be Proud Of The Hershbergers

Looking for something tasty and unique to serve for Easter? Coaxing your children to try eating different foods? Consider making an Amish haystack meal like the one the Hershberger family fixed for me recently in the heart of Holmes County, … Continue reading

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