The fleecing of the flock

The fleecing of the flock

Each Sunday morning just before morning worship at our church, the children march around and through the congregation to the tune of Father Abraham, c...

January 6th, 2020 |  


One gardener’s dreams for 2020

One gardener’s dreams for 2020

As we enter a new year and a new decade, the 2020’s, we all look back on the previous decade and take stock of where we are in life, and where w...

January 6th, 2020 |  


A wish for the new year

A wish for the new year

As we say goodbye to 2019, I can’t help but look back on the completed year and try to find something, anything, that I can take from my experie...

January 3rd, 2020 |  



Wins for Ohio in 2019

The new year is a time to look back on the accomplishments of 2019 and look forward into the new year. Reflecting back on 2019, I’m really proud...

January 3rd, 2020 |  


Working to keep America’s promise

Working to keep America’s promise

During Operation Iraqi Freedom, I had the honor to serve alongside incredible soldiers who were prepared to make huge sacrifices for the United States...

December 26th, 2019 |  


Budget for beauty

Budget for beauty

We live in a somewhat sheltered environment, on 180 acres of woods and wildflower meadows in rural Appalachia, so our home landscape needs are somewha...

December 26th, 2019 |  


Christmas — Hold Tight

Make a mental decision that Christmas is going to be great. Our world exists in the space between our ears known as our brains. We can dread or hate s...

December 23rd, 2019 |  


Retaining walls that last

Retaining walls that last

Far too many retaining wall projects start with this simple step: homeowners see a clearance sale on retaining wall blocks, make an educated guess how...

December 23rd, 2019 |  


Connecting housing and economic development

The Center for Rural Affairs has long focused on strategies to support economic vitality for small communities. Our work to assist small businesses, d...

December 19th, 2019 |  


What are you reading?

For as long as I can remember, the gift of books has been a part of every birthday and Christmas celebration. As a librarian, I have access to almost ...

December 18th, 2019 |