Columns & Editorials

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About a year ago I wrote an article about how Mother Nature gave us a run for our money by May. And while this...

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That was a fine old time! Well, if you weren’t trying to get anyplace in a hurry, that is.  The annual Garrettsville community garage/yard/porch sale...

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What makes a person care for and be good steward of the land? Connections with special places are a result of frequent visits over...

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If you’ve been reading my column you know that I am big fan of dry red wines. I especially enjoy a red wine that...

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What is the sign of a good decision?® It’s preparing for the unexpected to help protect the lifestyle you have worked so hard to achieve.  Women...

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“I need a book about chipmunks.”  The Newton Falls Public Library staff member wasn’t too surprised by the statement; we have another patron who...

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`You thought that spring had come, just because you looked at a calendar and got out your flip-flops and sunscreen (I wear sunglasses all...

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In times like these, good decisions matter. And when it comes to protecting a portion of your income from disability risks, it’s important to...

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As I type, my dog is in her bed, snoring her head off. The even sounds of her snores work as a sort of...

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As the moon goes to bed, the sun comes up And here we meet a sleepy pup, Who was walking through G-ville one bright sunny day, Then...

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I am always on the lookout for a unique wine, unique label, unique bottle or unique wine accessory. So last week we had the...

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Just dealing with the medical and insurance issues is enough to send a rational individual(That would be me…no snickering out there) around the bend. I...

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By this time of year the seed catalogs, fruit tree catalogs, and various outdoor planting publications are all dog eared, paper clipped, or marked...

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The Ohio State University extends itself into every county in the state--all 88 of them.  These are called--what else--extension offices and they offer information,...

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It is an exciting time for us in the vineyard! We are starting to see some swelling in the vines which means that we...

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What is the sign of a good decision?® It’s putting what’s important to you first. Did you realize that your assets owned at death are generally...

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The Kiko folks have taken to putting up signs of this nature along roads where one of their commercial activities is going on, and...

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How many of you have thought to yourself that owning a winery or a vineyard would be an awesome opportunity? I know I thought...

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Ahhhhh! Spring is here, spring is here, spring is here! Doodle Dog thought as he bounded down the sidewalk through town. Spring is here,...

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Good Grief!  Polar Fleece and long johns, peeps and bunnies with frost on their little noses…er…beaks…er …whatever.  Deep frozen chocolate eggs and jelly beans,...

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1. DROPS HAPPEN - Since the S&P 500 bottomed on 3/09/09, the stock index has gained +130.1% through the close of trading last Friday...

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“I am looking for a knitting pattern for a poncho that has cuffs. I saw one online, but now I can’t find it again.” ...

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Is anyone else sick and tired of winter yet? Spring officially sprang this week but unfortunately I think the Cleveland area missed that memo,...

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How’re you liking Spring so far? Yes, indeedy, the official astronomical beginning of Spring was on Wednesday, March 20 at 7:02, EDT ( Or 11:02,...

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Last article, we learned that those squishy, pink earthworms that we adore in our gardens are invasive and capable of dramatic changes in our...

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1. LOOKING BACK - Over the 300 months ending 2/28/13 (i.e., the last 25 years), the S&P 500 has been up 64% of the...

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Since the inception of Nearby Nature, we have discussed many subjects relating to natural history, geology, plant and animal identification, places to experience nature,...

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1. TWO MONTHS - The S&P 500 gained +6.6% (total return) during the first 2 months of 2013, 67% of the average annual total...

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I know many of you are sick and tired of seeing the snow, the gray clouds and having to deal with the colder temperatures....

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Well, going to an auction is often an adventure.  This last one, though, was more than I had bargained for. First of all, it was...

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Amanda speaks thoughtfully and softly. She is very wise for one so young. She has been through more than her share of heartache, with...

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What is the sign of a good decision?® It’s managing health care costs and your retirement outlook. Health care costs rank as one of retirees’ biggest...

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As the moon goes to bed, the sun comes up And here we meet a sleepy pup, Who was walking through G-ville one bright sunny day, Then...

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So…O.K., …I took notes….not during the Super Bowl game, which didn’t turn out quite as I had hoped, but of the commercials that paid...

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It’s the season of flowers, fancy dinners and, of course, lots of hearts. Although if your Valentine’s Day is anything like ours the night...

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Remember Fred Flintstone, he was always blaming poor Wilma for all the stupid situations he and Barney had gotten themselves into. Well, unfortunately Fred...

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Since the school deaths in Connecticut, our nation has seen more school and community violence, as well as the ramping up of the debate...

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Lawsuits have become increasingly common in our society. From 1951 through 2009, the cost of torts (civil suits) rose at more than double the...

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Even though January brings in our “winter hours” (Friday and Saturdays from 3pm – 9pm) we are quite busy working behind the scenes at...

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How do I get on these lists? Bad enough that I get pleas from every animal rescue organization on the planet--puppies, kittens, polar bears, horses,...

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Recently, fixed mortgages were near their lowest rates in almost 30 years. And if you are one of the many people who took out...

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Well, I just hate it when electrical things get weird and I have to do something about the situation without having a CLUE as...

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In many of our articles we hope to give our readers a new set of eyes so as they can discover “nature” as they...

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On September 9, 2012, a crotchety, absolutely ancient looking 1928 Studebaker Dictator made the first trip under its own power in at least 49...

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Snowflakes landed one by one outside the office window, each one adding to the smooth blanket of white covering the town like a new...

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Happy 2013! Tis the season for making new promises and new goals for the new year. Along with my regular New Year’s resolutions (losing...

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I understand that breakfast is the most important part of the day. I agree with the theory that a healthy and productive day starts...

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Y’ know that old pop/novelty song, “All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth”?  He sort of lisps and whistles through the...

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Since mushrooms have been in the news of late, we thought we would try to enlighten our readers about one of the most unusual...

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Last week I gave you 5 of my favorite wine gifts for this year. And while I could probably have this list go on...