Local Commentaries

‘Do it’: Make kindness your default setting

Take a moment and think about all the little ways that having to boil water for a few days has affected your life. Now take another moment, and realize that there are people who are grateful just to have a dirty or an inconsistent water source at all. People for whom its very presence, ...

The lamp

“later that night i held an atlas in my lap ran my fingers across the whole world and whispered where does it hurt? it answered everywhere everywhere everywhere.” A Kenyan author, Warsan Shire wrote those words, and boy do they ring true to me as I write this. We’ve had ...

Only a kid

I am not a political person; whatsoever. When anyone wants to discuss politics, count me out. Politics shape our nation, but they are pure stupidity. No one can do anything right it seems, and politicians are childish. There has been a lot of chaos happening in the world right now; ...

The world is the grass carp’s oyster

So now the grass carp has make its way into Lake Erie. Between April 30 and July 12, representatives from the U.S. Geological Survey, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and the University of Toledo collected eggs from the Sandusky River that later were confirmed to be the eggs of grass ...

The farm can be a dangerous place

When my son was close to being one-year old the materials needed to build a new silo were delivered to the farm by the Unadilla Silo Company. An addition was put on the barn to increase the space we had to hold our cattle. A foundation had been poured and smoothed to be ready for the ...

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 ...