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 |  


Preventing child abuse deaths

Preventing child abuse deaths

In 2017, the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System estimated that 1,720 children died from abuse and neglect. Even one child’s death is o...

December 17th, 2019 |  


Plant hardiness: It’s on the map

Plant hardiness: It’s on the map

Now that winter has arrived, you may be wondering how your plants will hold up. Will there be empty places in your landscape this spring? What can you...

December 17th, 2019 |  


Bring responsible food choices into schools

Each day, 29 million students participate in the national school lunch program. The Nebraska Food Council is urging Congress to reauthorize the Child ...

December 12th, 2019 |