Yoder’s go camping

We’re actually settled into our new home, and yes we love it. Okay, I can’t say that I don’t have some things that need to be organized yet, like the armoire for example. When my mom needed something in it, I told her, “Get it with your eyes shut!” Of course she knew how I meant it, it simply takes time to get all these corners done.

A Yoder New Year

How is everyone? Ready to settle down after the holidays and have a quieter schedule? I know winter does tend to be long and cold and gray, but I do enjoy having less work with not having a garden to care for or a yard to look after. Summer and Fall is also a busier time for us with canning and freezing garden bounties. I confess, I do miss those perfect Fall days though, for the children to go outside and play. They love spending time outdoors. In fact Jesse has shed many a tear when he couldn’t go out with daddy to feed the piggies. Whether it’s 90 or 20 degrees Jesse and Rayni both just thrive on being outside.

A better farm bill for all Ohioans

The best ideas don’t come out of Washington — they come out of conversations with Ohioans.

Thank you for your support

On behalf of the Madison-Plains Board of Education I would like to take this opportunity to thank our voters for their support of Madison-Plains levy. We are very excited about the future of Madison-Plains and we believe the district can be a force for good to our entire community. In addition to our overarching goal of providing a quality education, we also want to be a district that positively affects property values for everyone while being good stewards of your hard earned tax dollars. The levy campaign provided us with the opportunity to hear direct input from many of the different stakeholders in the district. We will strive to do the very best for each and every student at MP and look forward to the bright future of all students. Again, thank you for your support and Go Eagles!

Lemon takes the cake

It’s Sunday afternoon and were are cruising down Interstate 70, heading for Hocking Hills in Ohio. We have another 230 miles until our arrival. Yes, we’re traveling again. We’re taking the whole family; there was no one we wanted to leave back with a babysitter, so all seven of us packed up for our three-day trip to Daniel’s family gathering in a large cabin tucked into the hills of Logan, Ohio.

When children leave the nest

It’s been said that it takes 21 days to form a habit. That’s always seemed reasonable to me. It does make me wonder, though how long does it take to undo the habit?

Lie and deny

It is difficult to keep my head from exploding with each new day’s political developments. So now Rod Rosenstein is quitting or may be fired, leaving Mueller’s Russia investigation in grave jeopardy. Or maybe not. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh faces an increasing number of allegations of sexual misbehavior which may derail his nomination to the high court. Or maybe not. Trump addresses the United Nations and gravely blames all the world’s ills on Iran. Sounds like a recipe for a Trumped-up invasion/October surprise. Or maybe not. In any case the waves of breaking news wash over us with relentless ferocity, keeping us locked in hypnotic distraction.

Empowering Ohio women

My office recently hosted the fourth annual “Women’s Leadership Summit: Together We Rise” at Xavier University, where we joined several southwest Ohio business and community partners to bring together more than 600 women who are lifting up their communities in southwest Ohio and playing leadership roles around the state.