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What weather will February bring?

February 1, 2015 One more month of winter weather has passed — days that were filled with deep down temperatures, blowing snow, slippery roads and fog that turned the tree limbs and sidewalks to a crystal ice. more »»

Robotic overlords welcome

January 31, 2015 I turn the gaming system on, and it chips. “Hi, Summer” appears in 2-inch high letters. “How does it know my name?” I asked. “We had to connect it to the account you used to buy it when we set it up. more »»

Guest column/Out-of-school programs helping

January 31, 2015 News about the present and future of American K-12 education continues to be discouraging. But a series of effective out-of-school programs is creating a glimmer of hope. more »»

Progress starts next week

January 25, 2015 When you pick up your copy of next Sunday’s newspaper, you will find that it will include the first installment of our annual Progress Edition. more »»

It was a week of a lot of brokenness

January 25, 2015 “I might break your camera.” I’ve lost count how many times people have said that to me over the years, cautioning me just as I’m about to snap a picture. more »»

Guest column/The elixir of too much pride is damaging our nation

January 25, 2015 I hope this will remind you of who we really are as people, definitely, a better perspective remembering the land of our ancestors and most of all it’s learning about our past that makes us... more »»

January brings time for snow art

January 25, 2015 There has been enough snow during the month of January that people have been able to build snowmen with the fluffy flakes. more »»

Just another opportunity

January 24, 2015 The Sassy Saint wandered downstairs, wrapped in a blanket and her hair standing up every which way. One eye was half-open and she mumbled something incoherent as she stumbled toward the kitche. more »»

Guest column/Looking at health by the numbers

January 24, 2015 My dad dabbled in paint, mostly wall and house paint, but occasionally he tried his hand at a paint-by-numbers kit. Remember those? Craft Master kits were the rage. more »»

Try to enjoy the moment

January 18, 2015 Undisputed champions. more »»

Exciting commentary on wintry evenings

January 18, 2015 Better Half and I engage in some pretty exciting commentary on these wintry weather evenings. “Brrrrrr — it’s cold in here. more »»

What to write about during the lull?

January 18, 2015 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. more »»

Consider unintended consequences

January 17, 2015 It’s January. Things are slower than molasses running uphill in a snow storm, not just at the office, but at the house, too. more »»

Fandom has its ups, downs

January 11, 2015 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. more »»

Happy to return to a comfort zone reality

January 11, 2015 I was actually OK with Jan. 5 rolling around, a Monday that brought me back to a comfort zone reality — the newsroom workplace. more »»

Guest column/Supporting agriculture in Ohio will remain a priority

January 11, 2015 The past four years have certainly been a time of change and progress for Ohio’s agriculture industr. more »»

A surprise honor for a local veteran

January 11, 2015 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. more »»

Tasty construction project

January 10, 2015 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. more »»

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

January 4, 2015 I told Meryl Streep I couldn’t hear her. more »»

One final look back at 2014

January 4, 2015 No one is quite sure where the concept of selecting the top 10 things from a particular year started. There are theories, howeve. more »»

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