Category Archives: Ohio

Cultivate A Taste For Thomas Cole

Of all the images of artwork over which I pored in darkened lecture rooms and slide libraries, Kindred Spirits is one of those at which I marveled the most. Its painter, Asher B. Durand, skillfully executed sparkling waterfalls, soaring birds, … Continue reading

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Climb A Smokestack To See A Glass River

Billy Joel’s “River of Dreams” may have been deep, wide and hard to cross, but he might have finally found what he had been looking for in the shimmering “River of Glass” that I discovered in Mount Vernon. The River … Continue reading

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Start Your Farm Science Review Experience At 910 Wheat Street

Ride in a hot air balloon. Go whale-watching. Learn how to waltz. Solve Rubik’s Cube. See Stonehenge.  They’re all possibilities for a bucket list of unique things people dream of accomplishing. I checked off one of my own recently: Experiencing … Continue reading

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Fran’s Lemon Coconut Squares And Buttermilk Brownies Make Whitelaw’s House A Home

October 15, 1966 was an auspicious day in Lyndon Johnson’s presidency. He signed the National Historic Preservation Act, which created the National Register of Historic Places, the official list of our country’s historic places that are worthy of preservation. To … Continue reading

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Discover What Life Was Like On The Ohio Frontier

Playing pioneer was fun, when my fourth-grade self set up shop under our mountain ash tree with my lunch pail and my calico-covered copies of McGuffey Readers. But when I ducked inside this authentic early-19th century log cabin recently, I … Continue reading

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In Ben Hartman’s Rock Garden, Betsy Ross Lives Down The Sidewalk From Abraham Lincoln

“Often the very adversity that plagues our lives is, in disguise, an opportunity for greatness.” So said Lloyd Newell in “The Door of Opportunity,” one of the inspiring messages he crafts for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s weekly “Music and the … Continue reading

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Mackinac Island Is A Family Vacation Favorite

Seven million people descended on Cleveland during the summers of 1936 and 1937 to experience the Great Lakes Exposition, a mini-world’s fair that commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Ohio city’s incorporation. My grandparents were two of those fair-goers. They … Continue reading

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