Martha Brian, journalism professor and former Columbus Monthly staffer, introduced me to the North Market close to downtown Columbus, Ohio. Before the North Short changes, it was a dicey area to enter, but had fresh food that was hard to find in the campus area just to the south. It did require a bus ticket or a car to get there, but offered a whole chicken my husband and I could make last for a week.
I return now several times yearly while visiting my parents in nearby Delaware, and find the same fresh whole chickens available, along with a variety of produce, flowers and meals.
The market may be expanded and remodeled soon, so now is the time to venture in, take a notebook or laptop, and spend an afternoon with coffee, tea, dessert, fresh pastries or bread, or a meal before carting home groceries.
My professor did a profile for Columbus Monthly magazine when the market was in danger of destruction, but the city of Columbus eventually purchased the historic property and now it draws convention goers, the lunchtime crowd, and people from all over the city.
I know I will like it when other daffodils bloom near me and we exchange pollen. I will feel the whoosh of butterfly wings and listen to the songs of birds. I rejoice in my sturdy, green stem and strong leaves. They support me with sustenance such as water and nutrients. I unfold from a tight bud with each day showing more fringed, yellow petals until the pistel and stamen are finally exposed. I love my brilliant color.
I see all this from the dark place inside the bulb where I am awaiting just the right signal. I know Mother Nature has a Plan for me and I will follow it. I anticipate only good things. Perhaps someone will pick me and I will grace a table or desk and give inspiration. I also know it is OK to just be and God’s Plan will unfold as I allow Grace to surround me. The bulb holds much food for me and it knows the correct time to start growing as a plant above the earth. It’s fun to know that all I need will be provided. I am Loved!
The Hidden Life of Trees January 19, 2017
The Hidden Life of Trees: What they Feel, How they Communicate — Discoveries from a Secret World by Peter Wohlleben with a foreword by Tim Flannery. Available as an audio book in 2016 and through Greystone Books $24.95 250 pages plus notes. Published 2015. English translation from German by Jane Billinghurst with black and white illustrations.
Freedom of speech November 29, 2016
The nation is in danger of being controlled by fake news but the situation can be turned around. Conspiracy theories, algorithms that pick up likes on Facebook and send them to 1 million members and Fox News personalities who repeat made up “information” all affect how we feel about our nation.
- This can be changed by journalists who ask: Is it accurate? Is it fair? Is it honest? said Scott Pelley, CBS Evening News anchor. A “report” that the pope endorsed Trump was spread as real “news” when the pope did not suggest or favor any candidate. This example, Pelley said, shows how a report was not checked out.
By investigating, asking questions and looking for several sources to verify a report, fake news can be eradicated. Entertaining and popular “journalists” cannot accurately report unbiased news, Pelley said in a talk at Arizona State University earlier this month. Trained journalists talk to citizens, sources and public officials and use public records as part of their reporting. Fake news often is based on gossip, sensationalism or what will garner clicks and attention while ignoring how it damages democracy.