April 23, 2014

Medina
Mostly clear
40°F

Medina County Fair is an all-year event

What comes to mind when you think of the fair? Do you see the Ferris wheel? The bright lights of the midway spiraling off in all directions like a fallen chandelier? Hear the roar of concert crowds and demolition derby cars? What do you smell? What do you taste? Cotton candy? A sausage sandwich? A Read More…

Of all body noises, stomach is oddest

The list of audible bodily functions is relatively short. There’s the one you’re thinking of right now, of course, as well as its little cousin, the burp. While discouraged in polite society, they remain widely admired in some families, including the one I am related to by marriage. Their forceful impact on the ears and Read More…

Dusting off old column ideas

It’s mid-summer and time to recycle the crushed pop cans of ideas and sweep the dusty sentences out of the column garage. Question authority Is it just me or do half the posts on Facebook seem passive-aggressive? Ever notice an icing cookie tastes better if you eat it upside-down? Not you upside-down, of course, but Read More…

Extolling the virtues of the little-appreciated bucket

I give you: The five-gallon bucket. Put your stuff in, then you can truck it. That’s the beauty of it, the charm, The necessity for home and farm. Oh, the Bucket of the Big Shoulders! King of all the handy holders! Best of all, they’re practically free — Which is quite an impressive mpg. You Read More…

Those from any century would find today’s noise maddening

Sometimes I think a person from the 19th century would go mad after living in our world for about 15 minutes. I live in the 21st century and it almost makes me go berserk sometimes. What would do them in, as The Grinch might say, is: “All the noise, noise, noise, noise!” Some people take Read More…

Our freedom really is not free; everyone has the right to speak

Soon we’ll be celebrating Independence Day — complete with fireworks, picnics, parades and fabulous sales at every car lot and furniture store. At some point — likely at several points — you will encounter a popular contemporary expression: “Freedom isn’t free.” Mostly, it’s used in the context of thanking U.S. military personnel, past and present, Read More…

Glowing memories of lightning bugs

“I loved being outside. We’d hold lightning bugs in our fingers and pretend they were diamond rings.” — Loretta Lynn Lightning bugs and wild berries — two of summer’s great gifts to a child growing up in the country. Snacks and entertainment — free to all. No batteries, no money required. Like the coal miner’s Read More…

Observations during vacation of a certain Sunshine State

John Gladden

Here we are on family summer vacation, following the route of fellow Ohioan William Tecumseh Sherman on our march to the sea. It’s probably best not to bring Sherman’s name up in the South when we stop for dinner or swing into gas stations for my secret long-haul energy food — orange circus peanuts and Read More…

Keep the flame burning in marriage

John Gladden

By John Gladden We got married in a fever, hotter than a pepper sprout. That’s what I remember about our wedding day. It was hot. One of those humid late-August days with air thick as beef gravy. I also remember the pastor, who didn’t like the one small change we requested in what was otherwise Read More…

A sampling of cycling stories

John Gladden

By John Gladden Last week, I invited fellow cyclists to share their best bicycling memories in honor of National Bike Month. Their stories included everything from falling down to falling in love. Regrettably, there wasn’t enough space to include them all, but here’s a sampling. ‘Howdy Doody’ Tom Boruvka: “When I was a lot younger, Read More…