Turtles can bring us together

Turtles can bring us together

I joined my community’s Facebook group during this spring’s (failed) school bond issue campaign. I got what I expected – passion, di...

June 28th, 2019 |  


The bonds of friendship

The bonds of friendship

John Patton and I have been friends for 60 years, a friendship fashioned through our mutual love of sports.We were teammates on the 1963 Wilmington Hu...

June 26th, 2019 |  


A playlist for your rainy days

A playlist for your rainy days

Here’s a drop of odd information for your day: I collect earworms.Don’t be grossed out. Earworm is a term for songs or snippets of songs t...

June 25th, 2019 |  



When I first came to the Senate, I met with a number of higher education leaders around Ohio. In these conversations we realized how little opportunit...

June 24th, 2019 |  


Making soggy dirt fluffy

Making soggy dirt fluffy

This spring season has brought huge amounts of rain just when we’re all eager to put out vegetable gardens and flowers. No one likes to plant in...

June 24th, 2019 |  


Heartfelt advice from Great Oaks grads

One advantage in being at a school district with four campuses is being able to hear four different student speakers at year-end Senior Ceremonies.The...

June 21st, 2019 |  


Expanding overtime pay for Ohio workers

Expanding overtime pay for Ohio workers

Nearly three years ago, I stood in Columbus to announce that the Obama administration was going to finally raise the salary threshold to earn overtime...

June 19th, 2019 |  


Woman was in a hurry

Woman was in a hurry

It was one of those mornings. A morning when the slight, cool breeze humming through the bedroom window, turning into a whisper that softens the brow ...

June 17th, 2019 |  


Feng Shui leads to better landscaping

Feng Shui leads to better landscaping

Regular readers of this column know that we are hard-headed realists when it comes to landscape design. “Form follows function” is our gui...

June 17th, 2019 |  


Any day is a good day to hug Dad

Any day is a good day to hug Dad

Have you hugged your dad today? Yeah, it’s corny, but just do it. I can’t.Dad died in his sleep one afternoon in 2007. He told Mom he didn...

June 12th, 2019 |