Feeling Blue In Black And White

I sat down at my dining room table Thursday morning with my toasted waffle, yogurt cup and banana thinking something was missing. It was my paper. I was about to get up from my chair, but then I realized there wouldn’t be a newspaper waiting at my front door — not on a Thursday anyway.…
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No Worries With No-Fuss Flowers

Some people just don’t possess the nurturing ability to keep plants and flowers flourishing, and I consider myself among them — perhaps even the poster child for plant killers. When I bought my house in Worthington a dozen years ago, I received a pair of African Violets as housewarming gifts. Based on previous experience with…
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Looking For The Lost

I imagine many of us have played that childhood game of “Memory,” with its colorful cards of characters or pictures placed face-down on the dining room table. Our goal was to flip over two cards and hope they matched. As each card was eventually turned over, we were forced to remember exactly where its match…
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Of First Fish And Lasting Memories.

A few weeks ago, Nephew Matt texted me a picture of his 6-year-old son, Brody. The boy — fondly referred to as Mini-Matt — was grinning from ear-to-ear as he held onto the lip of a catfish. It was his first catch of the fishing season, Matt boasted, and all I could think of was,…
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Finish What You Start

Of all the seasons, spring was once my least favorite of all. Growing up on the farm, the season after the winter snow melt brought muddy yards, mud-caked boots, and hours upon hours of spring cleaning. Only the spring cleaning I refer to was done with a pitchfork in hand and a manure wagon parked…
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