"Never Give Up" Meet Joe Woodley "I was involved in a long-distance relationship with a young lady from Columbus. We had known each other for quite some time and I had traveled to Columbus numerous occasions. In April of 1998, she called to inform me that she was pregnant. Having grown up with my father not being involved in my life, I wanted to do what I thought was the right thing, and be there for my child. Frankly, I was afraid and I knew that I was ill-prepared to be a father at the time, but that August I boarded a Greyhound bus which departed Grand Central...

KIOTE How do you spell coyote?   Well, one day I needed to remind myself about a rare neighborhood coyote sighting.   I wanted to write coyote on my list of things to talk to my husband about. My dyslexic daughter and I debated for a few minutes about how to spell the word. I should’ve listened her; she knew it started with a C. I came up with kiote… it looked good enough to me for the time being!   When my spelling-able husband came home he was amused at the heroic effort of my thoughtful dyslexic spelling. My husband gently corrected my spelling and asked me why...

My wedding day was June 4th, 2011. It was a very hot and humid day. Finally, after months of planning, the big day was here. I was excited, nervous, and broken hearted all at the same time. My husband was a sailor in the United States Navy and was being shipped out a few days later. I had planned this party to be the most fun of days. Cotton Candy, Elephant Ears. Popcorn.  Even strongman cutouts and a Photobooth!  All around me were my friends and family. It was incredible and to be honest, I felt sick. The man to whom I had vowed my love and...

My grandma died. I almost died. My stepmom was diagnosed with throat cancer. My mom had a year full of surgeries and we almost lost her. I know, everyone goes through tough times--and they move on--they heal, and they put those horrible memories in their distant memory. They move them to a spot that is not in the forefront, but in a place where only certain triggers cause the memories to reappear. Well, most people do. Not me. So, after my grandma passed away, I was heartbroken. Like, I really felt like my heart was broken. It hurt...

Jordan and Georgia were introduced six years ago, on June 28th, at the Columbus ComFest Festival.  And, to no surprise,  It didn't take them long to take a liking to each other.  Jordan's casual laid back demeanor and Georgia's feisty bubbly personality-- just clicked.  Both of them grew up on the east side of Columbus.  And, when you added their mutual love for nature and music--a foundation was created. Before they knew it, they were moving into an apartment on Northwood and Summit--making sure to be in walking distance to their beloved spot--the Suzi-Cue Pool Hall. Yes. They fell in love.  Yes. They were young.  At the time, Jordan was still attending The Ohio State University for his...