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 istContinue reading “The Search for Schiller: Revisiting My German Roots in German Village”

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 byContinue reading “Why We Fight: Stories of Activism, Advocacy, and Change in America”

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 —Continue reading “Court Street Stories: National Geographic comes to Ohio University for GIS Day 2015”

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 sophomoreContinue reading “Court Street Stories: Finals study tips”