Losing My Belly Button

by Mark on January 17, 2016

One of my favorite anecdotes is, “Don’t Spend Your Life Studying Your Own Belly Button.” The meaning is look outward versus inward. Having recently ‘lost’ my belly button, I find myself looking too inward. [click to continue…]


A Party School with Passion

by Mark on August 4, 2011

My alma mater, Ohio University, recently became the #1 party school in the nation. As an ancient alumnus, I am asked whether or not the ‘Harvard on the Hocking’ was a party school back in my day. Yes, Ohio University offered both parties and passion in the 1970’s. [click to continue…]

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The Flattest Place On Earth

July 6, 2011

I grew up in Northwestern Ohio, now considered the flattest place on Earth. From college on I sought out places to live and visit with hills and mountains. Looking back, the level horizon of my birthplace projects splendid beauty.

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Garden of Stones

June 20, 2011

The Defiance, Ohio cemetery is a forest carved with roadways surrounded by a garden of stones. At its very southern point blooms a monument of love and art over the grave of my nephew.

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Snowfall Derby 2011 – The Snowman

April 6, 2011

It is April and the sun is out. The only snow is the dirty mountains at parking lots after months of shoveling. There may be a flurry in the days ahead, but the 2011 Snowfall Derby is officially over. The season after El Nino was rough. Our snow climbed 40 inches more than 2010. The […]

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Snowfall Derby 2011 – Ground Hog’s Day

February 3, 2011

There is good news and bad news in snow land on Ground Hog’s Day. Rochester missed a major snowstorm that pounded states south and east of us. The ground hog did not see its shadow, which means spring will shortly arrive. We welcome some sunshine because the area is approaching the 2010 season snowfall six […]

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My Little Snowman

January 24, 2011

Jaymeson Palmer Weber turns 2 on March 7th. Talk about a snow baby, my grandson was born in the winter and his first twenty-three months are in an arctic environment. Thank goodness Jaymeson loves the snow.

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Snowfall Derby 2011 – Icicles

January 18, 2011

Clear glass spears of jagged teeth Across the roof drip down beneath A little prose by Geoffrey Schmidt describes one of the wonders and challenges of living in snow land. Each icicle is a unique prism, projecting colors when the sun peeks through a winter day. Each icicle is a potential weapon bombarding from above.

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Snowfall Derby 2011 – Salt Mines

January 13, 2011

Over 14,000 tons of salt was sprayed on Rochester area roads during the final quarter of 2010. Salt keeps our roads drivable, but it negatively impacts the enviornment. Salt mining is a major local business. More than a flavor, salt shakes up our lives in snow land.

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Snowfall Derby 2011 – Halfway Home

January 10, 2011

We received three inches of snow over the weekend. Nothing special about that, especially in January. I am pretty excited. We are now over winter’s halfway point on accumulated snow. I sense spring in the frigid air.

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