Local Commentaries

Seeking new experiences

Rarely does a photo on Facebook make me jealous, but one of my friends put one up last summer that made me drool with envy. She was in a creek with a bunch of other people lifting a giant rock to find one of the most elusive salamanders in the area, the Hellbender. This giant salamander ...

The Diary of a Crossing

Although my mom has been gone now for a year, I’m still sorting and going through her boxes. The most interesting ones are naturally, the oldest. Since she died at age 98, some of these boxes are mini time capsules. Last weekend, I found a little navy book tucked into the side of an old ...

An apple a day!

All of you have most likely heard the saying, "an apple a day keeps the doctor away". I suppose there is some truth to that because an apple is a fruit that is good for you. Apples have always been my favorite fruit. I love to eat a crisp white apple straight from the orchard. When I was ...

Except picture day

“Mom, does this dress go with these leggings,” Harper asks me most mornings. “Yes but neither one of those things matches those socks and there is never, ever a reason to wear sandals with socks or that dress,” is often my honest, in-the-head, response. My kids step out my door ...

Pick-up lines

There was a great episode of “WKRP in Cincinnati” in which the stunning Jennifer was sitting in a bar by herself. I don’t remember why. Three of the guys, her co-workers and friends, wandered in and offered their lamest pick-up lines. Dr. Johnny Fever asks: “Come here often?” Venus ...

School dances

Recently someone posted a photo on Facebook that captured my attention. It was actually taken at the high school that I attended. There were shoes set in the corner neatly in pairs. Now, I remember sock hops, but the shoes were usually in a pile along the side of the dance floor. I do ...

Old-fashioned stuff

I was working upstairs, rearranging one of the guest bedrooms to accommodate some new furniture. William is very curious about the second and the third floors but he's afraid to go up there by himself. My project afforded him a great opportunity to do some exploring. At the second floor ...

Stone skipping is contagious

Stone skipping is contagious. If I walk to a wide spot in a creek and let fly and there is someone else around, they usually give it a shot. It’s fun. It’s challenging. It’s an act that carves out a little time of simplicity in what is often a complicated world. Stone skipping is a ...

Haggis was his name

“If you’re coming to me for an interview and your nickname in high school was Butt Launch, I’m gonna say, ‘hey! Butt Launch!’ But you’re not getting the job. I’m sorry.” Those words, apparently, represent the official position of the Warren Times Observer’s Managing Editor ...

From the farm

I recently bought my first peppers of the season. They came from a local farm. I knew right away that I wanted to make stuffed peppers. I looked through my recipes. The last time I stuffed peppers I used all vegetables. This time I wanted to use ground beef. In the end I combined several ...

You’re getting warmer

Dad had a lot of great stories. He had wonderful, interesting friends and clients and they said and did interesting things. I don’t remember who was involved in this particular story, but someone told him how excited he and his wife were about their new electric blanket. (This was long enough ...

A dose of reality

The creative geniuses in the advertising world, the type of brainiacs who came up with the Geico Gecko, spend all their time thinking up ways to capture our attention. One of those insensitive geniuses is responsible for placing the ads to inform and offend us on a daily basis. I’m ...

Right square in the feelings

So I was sitting at the dinner table with the girls last night. They’d officially been kindergarteners for three whole days, and there was a lot to get through in terms of pits, and peaks, and what we like about school, and what we like about ourselves, and what we don’t like about school, ...

School memories

I have always loved school. It did not matter whether I was the student or if I was in the classroom as the teacher. I loved to learn new things. I remember my first day of kindergarten. My mother took me to school. I told her she did not need to come get me because I would walk home with ...

Back to school

By the end of school in June, William was quite ready to be loosed for the summer. He was restless and when William gets restless, he generally gets himself into trouble as well. Little boys who get in trouble at school lose recess time. Not having a chance to blow off his excess energy led ...

Just a note

I take a lot of notes. I filled spiral notebooks in school, sometimes more than one per class. I take notes at meetings. I even take notes during sermons! Pastor probably thinks I’m doodling or that I managed to snag a kiddies’ bulletin full of puzzles. Ok, I confess, I do that sometimes. ...

Harvey, Houston and the beauty of humanity

Often throughout history, people have been united by tragedy. It is not ideal. Nor is it desired. But from tragic times have come glimpses of humanity’s absolute beauty. For a brief moment in time, politics, race, religion, orientation, and identity are not dividing us. How you voted, or ...

This is going to be glorious

Is it wrong to show up at the bus stop with a sippy cup full of wine? For me, I mean. Not for my five-year-olds. Because they’re going to kindergarten this year and, I need to tell you, I will be celebrating. I’ve talked to a lot of kindergarten moms lately who are not excited about ...

The package deal

In my last column I moaned and groaned about losing my cell phone, my hand-held brain. With help from St. Anthony, patron saint of lost things, and his buddy, St. Jude, I was able to find it. St. Jude is the patron saint of lost causes. That’s me. I need him – practically on a daily ...

Afterthoughts

An occasional collection of vignettes from events and public meetings in Warren County that never make it into news stories because...well, you’ll see. Strength in numbers Warren County School District is not the apple of everyone’s eye. At a recent goal-setting meeting, among the ...