Category Archives: History

Sailing On The QE2 With Speed, [Seasickness] And Style

Pigging out on midnight buffets, line-dancing during sailaway parties, and watching fruits and vegetables being carved into edible art at lightning speed: They’re all familiar moments to enjoy aboard a cruise ship. However, only a small minority have experienced the … Continue reading

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An Aerial Lighthouse That Serves Tarte Au Poulet? That’s A Keeper!

I’m not skilled in speaking actuarial psychobabble or creating Woo Factors, but I certainly shine in my role as the Analytics and Research Office’s concierge. Asked to recommend a destination for a recent birthday lunch, I looked out our windows, … Continue reading

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First, Fly Spray And Herd Oil, Now Gin, Served Here

Heading for home after work, I pass this massive building on the northern edge of downtown Columbus. Topped by its distinctive water tower and emblazoned with seven-foot-tall white-painted letters spelling out, “The Smith Brothers Hardware Co.” on all but its … Continue reading

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The Next Time You Dodge Another Asphalt-Patched Pothole, Think Of George Bartholomew

Mark Twain may have learned about a man’s character from the adjectives he uses in conversation, but I ascertained one particular gentleman’s before I ever heard him say one word. Worshiping week after week alongside his friendly wife and their … Continue reading

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I Need To Turn That Golden Ring Three More Times

A perfect storm has been raging for so long that it’s hard to remember what smooth sailing is like. The backstory induces nightmares. Everything seems to have fallen victim to this unfortunate series of events. Imagination may predominate over reason, … Continue reading

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A Flying Writing On How The Crude Woodsman Spread His Words

Follow the Golden Rule. Love your neighbor. Show more empathy. Secure more funding for the humanities. Listen to more opera. These are some of the answers people gave when asked what change they would make to society today. The question … Continue reading

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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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