What's So Funny About Ohio?

If you're a 3rd grader the funny thing about Ohio is that it's the state that's round on both ends and high in the middle.If you're near Columbus the funny thing about Ohio is the field of concrete corn that stands majestically by the roadside....more

Marvelous Maple Syrup

Every winter our family counts down the weeks until the month of March. Sure, it means the arrival of spring, but it also means fresh maple syrup! To enjoy it to its fullest and to celebrate the Ohio Maple Syrup Season, we make our annual visit to the Burton-Middlefield Pancake Breakfast at Berkshire High School which is held every Sunday in March. We've been attending since I moved here to Ohio in 2002 and now we bring our children. It is one of the very rare occasions that we go out to breakfast or that we eat pancakes. It was a tradition that Andy's parents began when he was a kid....more

Ohio Trans Woman Brutally Attacked By Three Men

Earlier in the week, Candice Rose Milligan, a 33-year-old trans activist in Toledo Ohio, was assaulted by three men around 3 PM. Yes, 3 in the afternoon.From NBC24.com...more

Ohio: Reports of Provisional Ballots "Handed Out Like Candy"

This is not the post I wanted to write about Election Day. I wanted to write about how I'm going to be in an NPR war room with 30 other amazing political junkies to cover the returns. Instead, I'm watching the Twitter stream in my home state fill up with tweets like: "Our reporters hearing of a deluge of voting problems in Cleveland. People purged from rolls and provisionals "being handed out like candy." Why is Election Day always so DRAMA in Ohio?...more
@Kpvega Wow - that is really just so unreal. I do not understand it. I agree with the desire and ...more

Obama Bus Tour Hits Ohio: We Meet Again

On Thursday evening, July 5, for the first time in over four years, I saw Barack Obama in person.The last three times I saw him, he was either just plain ole U.S. Senator Obama (2006) or Senator and presidential candidate Obama (2007, 2008). The main differences I noticed? Age, confidence, charisma, and fervor -- he displayed more of all four....more
Only other thing I'll add before you respond (and I hope you do) is that the challenger an ...more

Ohio's Women, Independents in Super Tuesday Crosshairs

I'm a Leo -- I should love all this attention being lavished on Ohio because of its Super Tuesday swing state status. Where to begin?...more
I voted for Obama yesterday instead of crossing over to the Republican race. I also think women ...more

Viral Meme: We’re a Culture, Not a Costume

Racist Halloween costumes are nothing new, and neither are the pleas to stop them. But never underestimate the power of the Internet. This week a series of posters with the tagline “We’re a Culture, Not a Costume” has gone viral. The images, featuring a Middle Eastern man, an Asian woman, a Black woman, and a Latino man each holding a photo of a derogatory ethnic costume, were created by a group of ten college students at Ohio University....more
There is never a time that it is necessary to blacken up your face. For years, black children ...more

Loose Exotic Pet Laws - The Real Villain

This week's bizarre tragedy in Ohio brings attention to the widely varying exotic pet laws in each state. Terry Thompson, owner of the 73-acre Zanesville property that held 56 wild animals, committed suicide by firearm shortly after he let all the animals out of their cages. By all accounts, it was the final 'f**k you' to his community, which included kids on their way to school....more
This whole situation made me so sad. Such a waste of precious endangered animals. The man who ...more

Worry About Lions and Bears at the Bus Stop

Lions, tigers and bears are loose in Muskingum County, Ohio. When I first heard the news, I assumed that a few animals had escaped from a local wildlife facility, The Wilds, and shrugged it off. They know what they're doing there and I assumed it would be under control in short order. As the news continued to break, I realized that was not the case, it was certainly not under control and that all hell was breaking loose. ...more
@JennaHatfield I understand that the officers weren't equipped but several trained people have ...more

OH Governor Reduces Mom's Convictions for Sending Kids to Wrong School

This update in the case of Akron, Ohio mother, Kelley Williams-Bolar is bound to produce as much discussion as the original post by Shannon LC Cate did this past January. In "Mother Convicted of Felony for Sending Kids to a Better School," Shannon gives good voice to the race, class and parenting issues that surround Williams-Bolar's choices as they related to her children's safety and education when she used her children's father's address so that they could attend a better school. In fact, for many people, though by no means all, Williams-Bolar's situation embodied the plight of a minority single parent who, for her admitted desire to keep her two daughters safe, took actions that went against the law....more
@TheMotorStory Thanks - it really covers so many issues that matter a LOT to a lot of different ...more