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David Trinko: Keeping score while wasting time


If you tracked your life with points, would reading this column add or subtract from your total?

Turning the dream of homeownership into a reality


In traveling across the Buckeye State, the topic of housing continues to be top of mind for our fellow Ohioans.

Enjoy beauty, pledge of winter’s wondrous light


Brrr-r-r-r! It’s cold out there!

It’s just a game


I’m not much of a sports fan, nor was I ever a competitive athlete in school.

John Grindrod: Cooking and the single man (or woman)


When it comes to what must be done to sustain life, eating really does head the list. Like so many, including my lovely daughters Shannon and Katie, I’ve developed over time a growing fascination with cooking. I think a part of the intrigue comes from the exposure cooking has gotten both in social media outlets and on television. And while I’m surely not interested in engaging in any cooking competitions against the likes of superstar foodies like Bobby Flay and Gordon Ramsay, whose culinary talents have allowed them to bank millions, I do like, especially on weekends, to see what I can do knocking out a recipe. Back in a former life when there was someone else here to do the cooking, to me, the kitchen merely was a shortcut to get from the living room to the family room.

David Trinko: After further review, the camera’s great


You’ve probably seen those commercials from an insurance provider where someone throws a challenge flag, and an instant replay crew comes running in to show what really happened.

Startled in the dark


When you live beside a river — literally within spitting distance — and pay daily attention to nature and the riverine environs just beyond your doorstep, you get to know that particular stretch of stream landscape intimately.

Food allergies are no yolk


“Then the Whos, young and old, would sit down to a feast. And they’d feast! And they’d feast! And they’d FEAST! FEAST! FEAST! FEAST! They would feast on Who-pudding, and rare Who-roast beast.” — Dr. Seuss’s “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”

Painted skies and bothersome crows


On a recent early evening, as the sun sank below the horizon and day headed into night, my wife called to me from the living room.

John Grindrod: Among all spoken words, some are more special


Language, whether it be in spoken or written form, is indeed a gift. That was a message I tried to impart to the scores of young people who passed through my classroom doors from my first year in 1973 through my final year in education in 2005.


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