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My Ohio Bucket List

Ohio Bucket List

You can have micro adventures all around you! I’m thinking of destinations inside the Buckeye State that I haven’t yet ventured to yet. I created my Ohio Bucket List.

Serpent Mound 

Serpent Mound is on the National Historic Landmark list. It is an effigy mound-representing a snake with a curled tail. This was built by the Adena culture 800 BC-1000 AD.

The Bridges of Ashtabula County

There are 19 covered bridges in this northern county of Ohio. This could be an nice road trip weekend. I’ll try to have a better memory of Ashtabula county besides my dog bite.

Ashtabula Harbor Light House

While I’m up north, why not visit a lighthouse?   This light house was erected in 1836. While other lighthouses were automated, the Harbor Light remained manned until 1973. The lighthouse was restored in the 2000s and today is available for public tours.

Bob Evan’s Farm

Down on the farm! Bob Evans started in Ohio, and the farm is still in southern Ohio, not very far from me. The Farm and Homestead are now a museum. The Sausage Shop turned into the very first Bob Evan’s restaurant.

Mansfield Reformatory

No, I’ve never seen the movie. I did read the book. You know I’m referring to “Shawshank Redemption” which was filmed  at the Mansfield Reformatory. It would be interesting to take a tour through the former prison.

Ride the Cuyahoga Scenic Railroad

This is a no brainer. I can carry my bike onto the train, ride it a few miles up, and then hop off and ride back. I just need to get a day scheduled and DO IT!

National Museum of the Great Lakes

I did not know there was a museum about the history of the Great Lakes. Located in Toledo, there is a museum and the Col. James M. Schoonmaker ship to check out.

The Annie Oakley Museum

Okay, it’s the Garst Museum in Greenville Ohio, but it’s Annie Oakley I am interested in. Phoebe Moses was born in Darke County Ohio.

Dysart Woods

Dysart Wood, an Ohio University land laboratory, is in the unglaciated Allegheny Plateau in Belmont County. There is a tract of 50 acres of old-growth white oak-beech-tulip trees. The oldest trees are 400 years old and 4 feet in diameter.

This reminds me of Conrad Richter’s novel “The Trees”. This novel was set in Ohio, around 1795, where Ohio was wild undiscovered country. There were two more books in this trilogy, “The Fields” and “The Town”.   There was a TV mini-series called “The Awakening Land” in 1978, starring Elizabeth Montgomery and Hal Holbrook based on this trilogy.

What features and attractions are available to you in your state? It’s just a short Google/Pinterest search away!



What’s Your Six Word Story?


I was listening to a podcast on careers called Career Talk. The host, Stephanie Dennis brought up the idea of the six word story.  The six word story is well known.  Hemingway is famous for his:  “For Sale: Baby shoes, never worn”.

This host brought up in the podcast, what is your professional story in six words?

My professional story came to me quickly.


I’m a pharmacist living in rural Ohio, currently looking for a job. I LOVE living in the country. We have many issues in the foothills of Appalachia. Competent health care is one of them. Nearest hospital to me? I’m lucky, it’s about 25 miles away. There are counties in southern Ohio with NO Hospitals. Think about that.

I would like to continue living in rural Ohio. My professional six word story is “promote health care in rural areas”.

What is your personal story?

The host then brings up, what is your personal word story, and does it mesh with your professional story?

Contemplating both stories, I believe the two mesh. What the host was getting at, in the episode, is if you have two stories the complete antithesis of each other, perhaps you should rethink your career options.

It was a cool exercise. It was Episode 47 of Career Talk, check it out!

Collections: Political Buttons

I’ve been collecting political buttons on and off my entire life. My sister gave me a Jay Rockefeller button as a child and I believe that started my hobby.

It was fun to go to garage sales and flea market and find buttons on the cheap.
As I got older, I joined APIC and even attended some local shows. I was not an any advanced level of collector; I would never own the rare Cox-Roosevelt jugate.


I drifted away from it in the last twenty years, although I would always buy a button here and there in antique stores that piqued my attention.

Buttons don’t seem to be generated much these past twenty years. Local rallies hosted by unions seem to garner more button creation.


This is when both candidates, president and vice president pictures are on the button.


I like to find buttons that are local to an area, either specify a location or may be linked to a local candidate.

Clinton Era

I ended up with some quite colorful buttons from the Clinton Gore campaigns. One of my favorites was the Sesame Street Button:

The Anti Buttons

Some of the anti candidate buttons were quite funny.

In perusing my recently purchased items, now I have to come up with several more display cases!

It’s Beaujolais Nouveau Day!

Beaujolais Nouveau Day


It’s the third Thursday of November, that means it’s Beaujolais Nouveau Day! An excuse to drink a very young wine today!

What is Beaujolais?

It is the wine made from the Gamay grape in France. Beaujolais is more of a sweeter fruity wine. It’s fun, not fussy, and meant to be drank-this year!

Clever Marketing

Someone came up with the idea of just bottling up the Beaujolais and selling it without casking it-and it worked! They sell about 54 million bottles in 100 countries.

Price Point?

About 8 dollars to 18. I wouldn’t pay more than 15.99, and only that if you HAVE to celebrate today.

Geography Awareness Week

Geography Awareness Week

The third week of November is proclaimed to be geography awareness week. How are you on geography? Is that state Vermont or New Hampshire?

Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash

Check out these puzzles for fun!

Can you correctly identify where each state is? (I misplaced Kansas…)

Do you know where the European Countries are? I failed miserably at this! Oh sure, everyone knows where France, Spain, Ireland are located but how about Macedonia, Malta, Albania?

How well do you know South America? Try this “click on the right country” for your results!

Africa! It’s a big continent! Where is Kenya?  Complete this one!

Oh Canada! Identify all the provinces!

if you REALLY want to think, check out this one from Buzzfeed!



Happy Veterans Day!!

Happy Veterans Day to my two favorite veterans!

Veterans Day

My father served in the Navy in the 1950’s. He was a mechanic and worked on aircraft carriers. He was stationed in  Guantanamo Bay Naval Base,  Cuba.

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My husband is a former paratrooper, 82nd Airborne Division. He participated in the Grenada Intervention.



Take a moment out of your day to say “Thank you veterans”!