Local Columns

Try to enjoy the moment

Undisputed champions.Has a nice ring to it, doesn't it?It's a statement that we've never been able to make before when discussing major college football, but it's a title that Ohio State and its millions of supporters have been able to claim since very early Tuesday morning. The 42-20 win over ...

Exciting commentary on wintry evenings

Better Half and I engage in some pretty exciting commentary on these wintry weather evenings."Brrrrrr - it's cold in here."We say that a lot and with animation, shrugging our shoulders, making a face and doing a little "winter shuffle" dance on the kitchen floor, hoping increased activity will ...

What to write about during the lull?

It had to come sooner or later. My days of attending Christmas parades, recognition dinners, honorary breakfasts and holiday celebration luncheons are over for a time. Now what do I write about?Christmas tree "defrocking time" came last week, and our little tree in the newsroom was gently ...

Consider unintended consequences

It's January. Things are slower than molasses running uphill in a snow storm, not just at the office, but at the house, too. The kids had several extra days of vacation courtesy of the polar vortex, and they huddled inside with our zoo, playing video games. And very occasionally doing some ...

Guest column/Supporting agriculture in Ohio will remain a priority

The past four years have certainly been a time of change and progress for Ohio's agriculture industry. Tax cuts, research, new investments and priorities and strong leadership have helped our state's farmers and food producers grow even stronger.One of the most monumental transformations for ...

Fandom has its ups, downs

One of the great things about being a sports fan is the wide range of emotions you get the chance to experience each week, each season and during a lifetime.Need a few examples? Consider what area football fans have gone through this season.Steelers fans experienced quite an up-and-down season. ...

Happy to return to a comfort zone reality

I was actually OK with Jan. 5 rolling around, a Monday that brought me back to a comfort zone reality - the newsroom workplace.Oh, I was surely glad to have been away, to have had a five-day vacation that included New Year's Eve and New Year's Day - all well timed given we had company staying ...

A surprise honor for a local veteran

A common thread is woven between the group of former military men who meet each month to enjoy a cup of coffee and lots of companionship and understanding. These men are the Band of Brothers who have faced the enemy on foreign lands and came home to start another life, knowing they have ...

Tasty construction project

The Heathenish really wanted to build a gingerbread house. He had missed a good bit of our holiday baking, because of sports and Scouts. I didn't want him to miss out, so I bought a kit.And I took it to Grandmama's house.She was thrilled.OK, she wasn't thrilled. It might have been because I ...

Why can’t I hear Meryl Streep’s number?

I told Meryl Streep I couldn't hear her.I was trying, though, straining to make sense of what I was hearing so I could write down the telephone number she was dictating to me, but her voice kept fading in and out.Then suddenly, I was distracted from the phone number pursuit, all because Better ...