I found my face getting heavier. It was becoming difficult to lift the corners of my mouth into a smile. It had been too long since I’d laughed, or really had fun. So, the weekend came and we did our usual “What do you want to do today?”  We opted for the park, to let the kids run off some steam and somewhere in the midst of that typical monotony, I found my smile. I’m the type of mom who usually sits on the sidelines watching the kids. It seems the more energy they have, the less I do. Until I see the youngest teetering toward the...

Jan’s story I grew up as an ordinary kid, but my life story has little too many unplanned and unexpected turns that made me the person who I am today. Sit tight, and stay with me while I take you through my roller coaster journey. I am from Sri Lanka, a small island nation at the south tip of India. I grew up as the eldest child in the family with my younger brother. My brother was born with a heart defect, and the doctors determined that there was no cure. He was under the constant watch of my parents; nevertheless, no one could tell he...

Yesterday we shared Sarah and Ben’s story. And, that mattered. My heart was overwhelmed with awe.   So today, for things that matter, I wanted to touch on the lightness in our hearts.   That is, the child inside all of us.   The parts of ourselves that want to have fun. The part of us that’s eager to relax and play. Eager to say whatever comes to the mind. And, eager for freedom to explore and engage. “In every real man a child is hidden that wants to play.” ~Friedrich Nietzsche But, as adults—we just don’t have that same freedom, do we?   There are high expectations for us to behave...

Deluxe Door Systems is more than a garage door company. I mean, of course it's a company that fixes garage doors, but it's also a story of an owner, Jeff. Jeff's a good guy, and one that has built this business from the ground up, and has built a solid team to join the ride. If your garage door is broken, he'll fix it. Believe me--they came out to our house a few weeks ago. If you don't like your garage door, he'll help you get a new one up in no time. He still has his hand in fixing the doors-- you can even find him working on Saturdays....

The Hop has been around for 10 years. I had no idea. It all started with a group of merchants in Grandview who saw the success the Short North Gallery Hop had, and thought the model could be just as successful in Grandview. And, they were right. So, The Grandview Hop was created. I mean, there are so many delicious places to eat (I can't even choose a favorite…maybe Balboa at the moment), and shops from 1st to 5th avenues. Then, you have the Grandview Yard--that's an entire different area to discuss! Why wouldn't you create a space for everyone to explore Grandview?--While they shop, eat, and DRINK...

What I cherish most in life are the take away lessons from beautiful moments. And, at Burnt Toast Farms & Eieio Alpacas I had many of those moments. I had moments of learning, moments of watching, moments of listening, and moments of laughter. What I learned was that people are meant to meet in life. Like, Jason, Donna, and BJ. When they met it was fate, and now today, they run Burnt Toast Farms & Eieio Alpacas together. Hmm, I think I know another example of people meant to meet in life…Elizabeth and I (duh)! But, seriously, I learned a lot about Alpacas and...

Easton Farmer's Market was created in 2011 to increase awareness of our Ohio Small Farmers, and the importance of sustainability in the community we live, work, and play in. This form of public interaction also creates a social bonding that further ecourages support within the community. Every week, there are featured vendors from around Ohio, live local music, chef demos, and family friendly activities! Our presenting sponsor, EDCI, will also feature a rotating list of their clients showcasing their wares each week. Drink Up Columbus is also sponsoring three Ohio beer tastings throughout the Market season (first one is today-so make sure you're there!) This is the sixth...

For many, the lack of yard space leaves their dreams of a garden, just that, a dream. It also leaves many without a solution for their desire to self sustain by growing their own food. Mound Street Community Garden and International Harvest Garden, right here in Columbus, are making dreams come true for gardeners across the city. A community garden is a piece of land that is sectioned off so that individuals can create their own garden in a plot they have requested. So, essentially, its one large garden, but divided up into smaller gardens. Each plot owner takes care of their own area and is provided access...

Tiger Mushroom Farms was founded by Te’Lario II when he was 7 years old after a Cub Scout project ended. At his 1st Cub Scout meeting, Te’Lario planted catgrass and basil, which is where his love of watching things grow began. He enjoyed tending to the plants every day afterschool. Before he tended to his plants, he had to complete his homework. Once the project ended, we wanted him to continue his passion, but also because it was an an incentive to complete his homework. We wondered what he could grow in the winter time in Ohio, and Te’Lario said, “mushrooms, because mushrooms grow in the...