Sara Bir

Make Time to Discover Pawpaws

Most of the people living in the Mid-Ohio Valley have never tasted a pawpaw. These egg-shaped fruits have a freckled green skin, and look unassuming enough on t...

Find Career Inspiration in Friendship

“I can’t justify meeting up this month,” I’ve thought a few times. “I’ve got way too much work to do.” But then I listen to my gut, make the time, and gladly se...

Pop Culture Nostalgia

We went there on a whim. I’d been to Marietta’s Children’s Toy & Doll Museum before, when I was a kid myself. This was in the 1980s on a Girl Scout field trip, and even then I’d found it a bit creepy and bush-league, full of fading playthings arr...

Sweet Corn Dos and Dont’s

Fresh sweet corn is the ne plus ultra of summer produce. Tomatoes bruise and squish more easily, but it is the deceptively delicate sweet corn that demands spec...

Burger Nirvana at House of Wines

A burger is a burger, unless it’s the House of Wines burger, which is in a class of its own. The patty has a juicy interior, with an outer crust boasting just the right amount of sear. A generous smear of tangy roasted garlic and rosemary aioli total...

Harvesting Hope

What happens to the food no one buys at the grocery store? The lopsided apples or the day-old breads? The answer is not a fun one. Most of the time, it goes str...
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