The Stalwart Sellers

  The rain blew, the temperature dropped, and the people kept coming. Armed with umbrellas on an early October morning, several groups of shoppers ducked in and out of the tents tethered to the East State Street parking lot, shielding produce from gusts of slanted rain. The Silver Bridge stall, stationed near the back of…

The Search for Schiller: Revisiting My German Roots in German Village

“Life is earnest, art is joyful.”  –Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller, “The Camp of Wallenstein” (1778) I’m crouched low on my knees, reading this quote from a slab that somehow found itself among the thousands of bricks on the historic south side of Columbus. The German translation etched below –– Ernst ist das leben, heiter ist…

Why We Fight: Stories of Activism, Advocacy, and Change in America

Dorothy Rader knotted her quivering hands together. Four black-barrel holding tanks loomed three yards behind her, a reminder of the oil and gas industry’s claims for better jobs, better resources, better lives for the people of Appalachia. A red cylinder injection truck roared up the gravel driveway and deposited its contents – all unregulated by…

Court Street Stories: National Geographic comes to Ohio University for GIS Day 2015

If you’re one of my faithful Facebook friends, you’ll know that I’ve had an obsession with National Geographic (and their reputation in the environmental communications field) since high school. So, when I got an email in early October about the keynote speaker for Ohio University’s GIS Day — Dennis Dimick, Environment and Photography Editor for Nat Geo —…

Court Street Stories: Finals study tips

Dear college freshmen, So, you’re new – new to this whole college atmosphere, new to the concept of mid-terms and final exam papers counting for your entire semester grade. That’s a lot of pressure riding on just a few days of class and a handful of examinations. But have no fear! I, as your trusted sophomore…