Opinion Category

’13 Reasons Why’ … not

Friday, May 5th, 2017

A recent Netflix series entitled “13 Reasons Why” is a fictional drama built around 13 audiotapes recorded by a high school junior shortly before she dies by suicide. Each tape is about a person whose actions – or lack thereof – contributed to her action. In addition to the extremely sensitive topic of suicide, rape, sexual assault, drug abuse, bullying and betrayals are packed into the series …Read More

How does your garden grow? Chemical-free tips and a request

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

While millions participated in Earth Day activities and The March for Science last Saturday, the march I did involved no signs or throngs of people. Rather, I loaded a few items into a knapsack then headed to Kopf Family Reservation. More specifically, I headed to the large enclosed area near the intersection of Armour and Gable paths at the south end of the park.

The Kopf …Read More

Life lessons at the intersection of melodrama and mental illness

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Most of us have had a small nagging pain or unresolved problem that bugs us. At times, those small things can suck up large portions of our thoughts. Inevitably, we hear about someone who is experiencing something far worse. That’s when most of us realize whatever was bugging us pales in comparison.

I’ve been bugged for years by the Kardashians. All of them. I have been unable …Read More

Walking in someone else’s shoes

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

“Heads down! Eyes down!” came the command, not from a drill sergeant at boot camp, but from a freed slave warning us how to behave in front of less-than-benevolent masters and slave traders on the harrowing “Road to Freedom.”

A group of 20 adults and children assumed the roles of runaway slaves in pre-Civil War Ohio, traversing the woods at Lorain County Metro Parks French Creek …Read More

Just imagine: her failures helped save her

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

She graduated from college, although it was not her first choice school. Her mom died at the young age of 45, after suffering for years from multiple sclerosis. Shortly after, she discovered her father had been involved in a long-time affair. They stopped speaking. She moved away, met a guy and got married.

The marriage was tumultuous, lasting just over a year. However, she had a …Read More