Life

The Brain Drain Conundrum

The Brain Drain Conundrum

One of the biggest complaints/criticisms/concerns that seems the plague a town like Mansfield is the dreaded problem of “brain drain.” If you’ve never heard of this I can only imagine that you aren’t living in a Rust Belt city, because here it’s as frequent a topic of conversation as the opioid epidemic or college football. […]

Feeling At Home

Feeling At Home

Although not exactly supported by any research that I’m aware of, generally speaking, I’ve found that once I’ve lived somewhere for two years it starts to feel like home. How do I know what that is exactly? Well, for me anyway, I usually notice the feeling upon returning from a trip. It doesn’t have to […]

On Miracles

On Miracles

“There are only two ways to live your life: One is as though nothing is a miracle, The other is as though everything is a miracle. I believe in the latter.” — Albert Einstein In my family, I have the privilege/dubious distinction of being the eldest of 10 cousins on my father’s side of the […]

Why Knitting

Why Knitting

Have you ever been asked why you loved something or someone and found yourself at a loss for the answer? You just do, you always have, its like air, you can’t imagine life before or after this love of yours. Such is the case when I think about knitting or quilting for that matter. I […]

Fired

Fired

There are all sorts of failure–some people even get labeled as such. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that I would experience so many failures in my life, let alone in such close proximity to one another. In the last 12 months I have experienced the following failures: divorce, unemployment (due to layoff), […]

Knee High By the Fourth of July

Knee High By the Fourth of July

There are millions of metaphors for time. Measuring time, the speed at which it passes, it’s infiniteness, its meaning and so on. In Ohio, there is a portion of the year that we measure time with corn. If you’ve never had the pleasure of driving through Ohio, then you may not be aware of what […]

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