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Wind on the horizon

May 29, 2013 Editor’s note” It was an early deadline for Memorial Day. Mike’s past column from Aug 4, 2009 is rperinted today. more »»

A True American Hero

May 26, 2013 This coming Monday, we celebrate Memorial Day—a day to simply remember. We visit the graves of loved ones and also attend various Memorial Day service. more »»

All my animals

May 22, 2013 I have gotten a lot of flack over the years from some of my readers regarding using the animals of Gilly Hollow as subject matter for my column. more »»

Toledo Farmers Market

May 21, 2013 Market Report for May 17th It was another beautiful night for the Toledo Farmers’ Market. There was a large crowd to begin the market. Nine vendors came to market this Friday market night. more »»

Dear Graduate,

May 19, 2013 Congratulations. You made it! Back in 1969, I foolishly thought “Commencement” meant the end! But it means “The Beginning.” So now you begin. more »»

Toledo Farmers Market

May 17, 2013 What a great market night, no SNOW. There were 8 vendors at the Toledo Farmers’ Market on Friday night. A large crowd strolled and scanned the tables before making their purchases. more »»

The birds of Gilly Hollow

May 15, 2013 Some bird lovers will go to extraordinary lengths to rescue a wayward flier. more »»

Pullin’ the wool over mom’s eyes!!

May 12, 2013 Actually the title should read, “You Can’t Pull The Wool Over Mom’s Eyes.” My Mom, Sue (McKernan) Sheda was born in 191. more »»

Toledo Farmers Market

May 10, 2013 Market Report for May 3rd This was the first Toledo Farmers’ Market of the season. It was also the first Toledo Farmers’ Market held in the sno. more »»

The Dutchman

May 8, 2013 The Dutchman By Michael Smith The Dutchman's not the kind of man To keep his thumb jammed in the dam That holds his dreams in But that's a secret only Margaret knows When Amsterdam is golden in... more »»

I do

May 5, 2013 For thirty-two years, I had the great privilege to work with some of the greatest people in the world at the Mental Health Institute. more »»

A spring tease

May 1, 2013 Have you ever thought of the seasons themselves as a metaphor for life? Youth is the season of hope, yet there is a season for all things. Spring is for our birth and development. more »»

Open letter to the terrorists

April 28, 2013 Well, you tried again, didn’t you? This time your cowardly attempt was during one of our national festive and fun events—The Boston Marathon. more »»

Toledo Farmers Market

April 26, 2013 Time for the Toledo Farmers’ Market I know it’s hard to believe it is that time of year already. Market season will soon be upon u. more »»

Naturally rambling

April 24, 2013 Here is a rerun of one of my columns from a few years back. Enjoy. Many writers take notes; little threads of thoughts that might be one day used in some way. more »»

Will and Yogi

April 21, 2013 Will Rogers and Yogi Berra. Two great icons of Americana. We’re all familiar with these two gentlemen and their verbal antics. more »»

A Cleansing

April 17, 2013 I believe today is the day. I’m thinking all it is going to take to wash away the last vestiges of a persistent winter is to drag out the pressure washer and have at it. more »»


April 14, 2013 April is National Volunteer Recognition Month. Volunteers are a special breed of peopl. more »»

But will it hold water?

April 10, 2013 Sometimes someone will offer you a theory. It is up to the thinking person to weigh the merits of what that person says, in an attempt to see if it will hold water. more »»

Play Ball!

April 7, 2013 First came March first, which is my official spring starting point.  Didn’t arrive as it should have. Then came March 21st, the first official day of spring! Didn’t happen again. more »»



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