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It’s the key question of the evening hour

We no sooner have supper in our bellies and dinner dishes done than we’re already wondering what other food we can feed our faces. Evening eating lies ahead, an important time of the day in the Kiaski household. And it prompts that post 7 p.m. question that’s understood yet a vocalized ...

Sit back with a beer

We received another sure sign that our lives are moving closer to what we consider to be normal when Munich’s Oktoberfest returned on Sept. 17 after a two-year break caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The annual 16-day celebration that serves as the run-up to Germany’s Unity Day, features ...

Guest column/Credit upgrade a big win for the Buckeye State

Though we may not realize it when it stares us in the face, adversity often brings out the best in us. That’s certainly proven true right here in the Buckeye State. The last few years have seen no shortage of fiscal storms. In fact, the combination of COVID-19, skyrocketing inflation and ...

Guest column/Adverse childhood experiences can have long effects

She is an old woman now, but the memory is as sharp in her mind as the day that it happened. She was a sixth-grader, walking home from school. It wasn’t far. She loved school, even if the teacher didn’t seem to like her much as she looked down her long, pointed nose at the girl, trying to ...

A to-do list reminding me to ‘start thinking’

It’s no secret that I’m a compulsive list maker with one to keep me on task for work at the newspaper and another one for home to-do things, just in case I’m not already exhausted enough and feel unworthy of wearing my “Look at Me, I’m Busy Badge.” On the latter list, I came ...

History in the Hills: Royal connections

Last week, my wife and I were saddened with the news of the death of Queen Elizabeth II in the United Kingdom. Since the news broke, we have been watching the coverage of all the state events taking place in the U.K. on the BBC. It is certainly a monumental moment in world history that last ...