Category Archives: Ohio

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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Red Carnation-Loving Ohio Boy, Oh Where Can You Be?

Cautious. Devoted. Dutiful. Friendly. Good-tempered. Intelligent. Kind. Methodical. Neat. Patriotic. Pious. Polite. Quiet. Self-effacing. Solicitous. Studious. All these are qualities of my ideal gentleman, and all, sadly, seem to be in short, if not nonexistent, supply. As Billie Holiday sang, … Continue reading

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Rake Up A Great Time At Dawes Arboretum’s Fall Festival

We still may be waiting for the leaves to reach their peak color this fall, but The Dawes Arboretum’s celebration of the harvest season was so glorious that it should have been my family’s annual tradition to attend long before … Continue reading

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A 136-Foot-Long Diorama Leads To The Study Of A Dentist Who Wrote Westerns

Drive 15 minutes east from Zanesville on the U.S. 40 National Scenic Byway to Norwich, Ohio, and you’ll polish off my third and final “hidden gem”: The National Road and Zane Grey Museum. At this Ohio History Connection site, discover … Continue reading

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Here’s The Rub On Zanesville’s Carnegie Library

An hour into our holiday redeye trips to New York City, the motorcoach makes a quick pickup stop near the Zanesville-Muskingum County Convention and Visitors Bureau. As more passengers push past with their pillows and changes of clothes, I remind … Continue reading

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Find More Fairies Under The Mission Oaks

News flash: There is more than one “hidden gem” in Zanesville, Ohio. A little “rockhounding” in an unlikely place led me to uncover a treasure there known as Mission Oaks Gardens. In the late 1980s, an abandoned ravine in an … Continue reading

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In A “Tawny Yellow” Library, The Husband Of Another Elizabeth Butler Helped Win The Great War With Books

I’m over the top not only about “Tommies,” but also about doughboys, because I’m related to one. In the summer of 1917, my grandmother and great-grandfather took the train from Columbus to Chillicothe, Ohio to visit my great-great uncle, Charles … Continue reading

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