Humanity and the press

Humanity and the press

In regard to the recent shooting tragedies in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, there are individuals I’ve seen calling the media vultures, telli...

August 14th, 2019 |  


How many bullets do we need?

Terrorists proved on September 11, 2001 that guns are not necessary to kill 2753 people. Timothy McVeigh proved that a truck load of explosives can ki...

August 13th, 2019 |  


Seeing words a sight for sore eyes

Seeing words a sight for sore eyes

I came home from the eye doctor a few days ago, and my phone buzzed.I pulled it out and realized something terrifying: I couldn’t read.My eyes w...

August 12th, 2019 |  



How did your favorite rose get its name?

How did your favorite rose get its name?

Did you ever wonder how roses get their names, or how their names become household words? We all admire the beauty of roses, but only a few rose varie...

August 12th, 2019 |  


El Paso and Dayton, now what?

Americans have grieved over the senseless murders of 31 people recently gunned down in an El Paso, Texas Walmart and a Dayton, Ohio nightclub. People ...

August 7th, 2019 |  


Church in the lonesome pines

Church in the lonesome pines

My wife’s late mother, Margaret Whitt Freeman, grew up in southwest Virginia not far from the Clinch Mountains, where the air is pure, the strea...

August 6th, 2019 |  


Maidenhair tree is a living fossil

Maidenhair tree is a living fossil

Few nursery trees have as interesting a story as the Gingko. One reason is that Ginko trees are living fossils, dating back to the Early Jurassic peri...

August 6th, 2019 |  


This time, El Paso and then Dayton

Many Ohioans went to bed on Saturday with thoughts of El Paso, Texas. Earlier, a gunman opened fire at a Walmart there, killing 20 people and injuring...

August 5th, 2019 |  


Counting on neighbors to shop at markets

Some family farms have been feeding our neighbors for more than 100 years, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.Katie Jantzen is one ...

August 5th, 2019 |  


Choosing a career path

“All roads lead to Rome,” according to the medieval proverb. That is, travelers can take a variety of paths and all end up at the same pla...

August 2nd, 2019 |