Not so long ago I wrote a column about how my parents, during my formative years, often said I was hard-headed. They, of course, were talking about my mental state of mind. But it very well could have applied to the physical version, too.
One hundred years ago, Americans across the eastern United States could have looked up into the sky and seen it filled with passenger pigeons. Their flocks numbered in the billions and could turn day into night. Now they are extinct, the victim of...
How many fruits and vegetables should children eat every day?
Hi to all of you.
This year, all at once the nights are chilly. Last week, so were the days. Seems like a trend. It took the summer of 2014 a long time to really warm up but a short time to slide into fall. A sure sign is the song of the cicadas at night as they say...
Certainly, we've all done this one during a job interview.
The Farm Science Review was held this week, and for the first time in 15 years, I participated in it.
Most people think of the commandment to honor their father and mother as a commandment for children. None of the commandments were limited to “some” of God's people. Our life long goal is to keep all of the commandments. All of our...
Even healthy people need a flu vaccine.
Sept. 18, 1914Madison County Democrat — No news for Sept. 18.
Earlier this month, I visited Put-in-Bay to tour The Ohio State University's Stone Laboratory. I met with Stone Lab scientists and accompanied them as they collected water samples of Lake Erie to better understand the rise in toxic algal...
The faucet of creativity seems to be turned off so what should I do?
As treasurer of Ohio, I'm a watchdog for Ohioans' hard-earned dollars. As a fellow taxpayer and Marine Corps veteran, I believe we the people have a right to know how our tax money is being spent. That's why I'm spearheading...
As a diehard Cleveland Indians fan, and a London Red Raiders booster, I hate writing this.
Dear editor,If anyone happens to see a London City Council member, thank them. It is not often council members receive praise for what they do, however, this is one of those times.
It's the season for school buses, backpacks, notebooks and students heading off to school. For many students, the journey of a new school year began several weeks back as many families began purchasing the required school supplies needed for...
Hi to each of you!Can it really be true that three years have swiftly passed since the birth of our darling daughter, Julia? Julia certainly has blessed our lives in so many ways.
We had a cookout at my sister's house last weekend and I noticed she rinsed off her chicken in the sink before preparing it for cooking. Are we supposed to do that?In a word, no. In three words, no, no, no!
Are you ready for some football? The weather's getting there. The days are a little cooler and the nights are downright comfortable.
Dear editor,I am so glad to have a new H&R Block in our Village of Mount Sterling. It adds a lot to our downtown.
One of my favorite shows on television today is the “Big Bang Theory.”
I think every American can recount where they were on Sept. 11, 2001.
It is worth a few moments to reflect upon how the Catholic church teaches. Every doctrine or teaching of the church is part of a coherent whole, meaning that everything is woven together. For almost 2,000 years, the church has relied upon the Holy...
I really love going down the creeks around here in my small canoe. I study the shoreline to find trees that have exposed their essence, their roots. Some look like tangled messes, others show great power as they fight against seasonal flood waters.
For those of you who have not heard, PAX is an ancient Latin word that stands for peace. It also was used by the Romans as an expression of good will or “kiss of peace.”
Question: How many of you fathers out there really wanted to be in the delivery room when your wife, or the mother of your children, was giving birth to your babies?
I still remember the conversation. Andrew, my big brother, was in the top bunk, and I was in the bottom – he was 11, and I was 10.“Hey,” he mumbled. “You remember that kid from earlier?”
Many are aware of how families and individuals can be prepared for the types of disasters that can happen in Ohio. But how can businesses prepare?
Funny how dates cue us to look around and notice our surroundings. It's still really dark at 6 a.m. That little bit of light in the early morning that reminds me of summers in Sweden is already gone.
Greetings from the Yoders.
“What a difference a day makes.”I know you have heard that before, or maybe you have even said it yourself. Too many times, we take the time we have been given for granted. I know I am guilty of that.
The opinion of Fundamentalist Christians is that God dictated it directly. That is why it is called the “Word of God.” All Christians recognize the Bible as the inspired Word of God. We differ on the question of the human influence in the...
My schedule recently called for me to do some travel involving airplanes. I was sipping my umpteenth cup of coffee when I happened to notice several people walking by who were sneezing. Is there a sneezing epidemic going on that I have not heard of...
It's a well- known fact of life that all young people want to look and act older, and all old people want to look and act younger. In psychiatry, this is called “The Grass is Always Greener Syndrome,” which I just made...
Dear editor:Due to the fact the London City Council failed to act on a pending ordinance, the residents of London will not save an estimated yearly savings of $20,000 to $80,000.
Sept. 4, 1914Madison County Democrat — Mrs. A. F. Rice and Mrs. Finis High attended the Mad River Baptist Association on Aug. 26, Aug. 27 and Aug. 28 held at West...
We all know that artists get inspiration from looking at and possibly talking to other artists. From sidewalk art shows to great museums, all are part of our inspiration. But what about oneself?
This Monday, Sept. 1, our nation celebrated the contributions of the American labor movement and, more broadly, the social and economic achievements of all workers. In the midst of the parades, end-of-summer sales, anticipation of football, and...
It was a hot day in early June when I covered my first car accident.
Over the last few weeks, I have had the opportunity to travel across our state and meet with Ohioans from all walks of life, from veterans to teachers to business owners, workers, farmers and families. They told me about the problems they are facing...
Every week, I wince at the cost when I go through the grocery store checkout line. How can I save money but still eat healthfully?
Dear Editor:Have the problems in Iraq and Syria grown for the worst?
The region of Provence, in southern France, is credited with the first aioli. I find that easy to believe — so much good food comes out of Provence.
How swiftly the summer days are passing. School is already starting this week. We enjoy living next door to our little parochial school. This year there will be 22 scholars and two teachers. Our 2 1/2-year-old daughter Julia loves to go outside and...
I had several folks approach me this week and tell me they thought I was in Alaska. Actually, I was, but returned home, then went back to ride most recently in the Yukon.
The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and Yours Truly finally exercised our right to a vacation and planned for a whole week to spend with our son and his family.
I own approximately 4,576,124 T-shirts — many of which date back to high school because a customized T-shirt was how we marked every occasion during our teenage years.
When we read the Old Testament, we get a picture of God as judgmental and vengeful. He orders whole cities to be destroyed and the people to be put to death. The prophets remind the people that this is because of their sins that God punishes them. The...
A few weeks ago, Tom Hughes of Hillsboro dropped off a bundle of old newspapers for me with a note reading, “If not interested, take to the library.”The library will have to do without.
Aug. 28, 1914Madison County Democrat — Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Baer attended the Baer family reunion at Newark on Thursday.