The Wonderful Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Are there any Ohioans who don’t love and esteem the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium? We're all in love.  It’s important to say the full name—‘and aquarium’. It’s just that wonderful. It’s vast that I’ve never walked the full place in one visit, and every trip I find something new, an animal or an artful part… Continue reading The Wonderful Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Up Top and Deep Down

Rising Park, Lancaster Ohio. At the top of this steep climb, there is a cliff that overlooks the City of Lancaster. Near the edge, one can look out and see the backs of birds as they fly. I saw the city stretched out before me; I felt completely out of it. To be literally lifted… Continue reading Up Top and Deep Down

Cantwell Cliffs, Ohio

Cantwell Cliffs is a part of Hocking Hills State Park in Logan, Ohio. It's remote, but not godforsaken. Away from the crowded whereabouts like Old Man’s Cave, it's perfect for the beautiful introvert explorer. There are eroded, cavernous reaches, mineral halls that one must squeeze past, and rich trees that perfume and compose their own… Continue reading Cantwell Cliffs, Ohio

Unflinching, Rapturous Peace

Today, World Environment Day, fills one with hope; it’s to honor what is gorgeous and essential. In our slippery existence, we can only do what we love; everything else is tasteless or even bitter soap. If one loves stepping freely into unblemished water and air, meeting humid trees, or knowing animals, isn’t it by some… Continue reading Unflinching, Rapturous Peace

Feast of the Flowering Moon

Carved by Allen Conrad The Woodbutcher during Feast of the Flowering Moon, 2014. This lovely carving sits in Yoctangee Park, Chillicothe, Ohio. Its special origins are at the Feast of the Flowering Moon. In Chillicothe, the end of May is used to celebrate a sweet spirituality, that of gone Native Americans. This is inspired art,… Continue reading Feast of the Flowering Moon