Features reporter for the Columbus Dispatch. Story-teller. Food-lover. Show-choir parent.

Ohio seeks laureate for poetry

dispatch.com — Poets of Ohio: The time has come to apply for the new position of state poet laureate. The Ohio Arts Council began accepting nominations on Monday, with the window to be closed on May 20. The post might be likened to that of a state ambassador for the arts.

Youth menus seek a balance between what kids need, want

dispatch.com — Spring is here, and greenery is emerging in some unexpected places - such as on children's menus. More central Ohio restaurants are offering some surprisingly healthful choices for young ones: Broccoli as an accompaniment to grilled chicken skewers at Acre in the Clintonville neighborhood.

Three former Brutus Buckeyes share stories from under the headgear

dispatch.com — Emily Williams has two lasting memories from her years serving as Ohio State University mascot Brutus Buckeye - one that happened on a football field and the other on a deathbed. "Being on the field when we won the 2002 national championship was exhilarating," Williams said.

Woman honored for 13-year mentorship of student

dispatch.com — Amid much laughter, story after story tumbled out as Katie Brosmer and Daijah Scott looked back on their 13-year friendship: The time Scott took 45 minutes eating an ice-cream cone, had her first reluctant experience driving a car or played a cringe-worthy trumpet solo. With the banter free and easy, the two giggled like schoolgirls.

Columbus Children’s Theatre aims to keep kids in stitches

dispatch.com — For his most recent role, George Bailey plays a vain, arrogant fool. He insists it isn't a case of typecasting. Bailey is the emperor in the Columbus Children's Theatre production of The Emp e r o r's New Clothes, opening a three-week run tonight.

East Side man opens school for falconry

dispatch.com — Perched high in a tree and outlined against a bright-blue sky, Ki-Lo cocked his head at the sound of a whistle and the sight of food. The male Harris' hawk alighted, flapped its wide wings three times and gracefully glided down to land on the leather-gloved hand of Powell resident West Carnahan.

No one left eggless at hunt for youths with special needs

dispatch.com — At many Easter egg hunts, Rachel Watton would be out of luck. Born with spina bifida and using a wheelchair, the 8-year-old "would get one egg, if she was lucky, the way these kids can run," said her mother, Heidi.

Communities get head start with pre-Easter egg hunts

dispatch.com — 'Tis the season - no, not that season - where holiday colors of red and green give way to pastels. In both seasons, though, children make out like bandits. Easter isn't until April 5, but plenty of communities and organizations are hosting egg hunts this weekend. Here are a few, presented in chronological order.

Columbus singer Blaze Johnson loses his 'Voice' battle

dispatch.com — Columbus singer Blaze Johnson finished his journey on The Voice Tuesday night, losing his knockout round match to Deanna Johnson. Johnson sang "You Found Me" by The Fray, and drew compliments from the judges before the decision was announced.

Reynoldsburg's Blaze Johnson's journey to 'The Voice' just divine

dispatch.com — Three years ago, when God spoke to Blaze Johnson, he was specific. "I was sitting on a couch, working on some music with a friend," said Johnson, of Reynoldsburg, " and God was like 'One day you're going to work with Adam Levine.' And I was like 'I'm all down for it, God; let's do it.'??"
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Apr 24, 2015

@AdamJardy I dream of a job consisting solely of crafting groan-worthy puns.

Apr 24, 2015

Ohio seeking applicants for first poet laureate. Must be verse-atile (sorry): bit.ly/1JC1eX8

Apr 23, 2015

My story today: Circus tradition vs. people who don't believe animals should be used for entertainment. twitter.com/TerryMikesell/…

Apr 22, 2015

@BeauBishop So you're in the "stupid AND bad guy" category now, I take it?

Apr 22, 2015

Looking forward to Year 3 of touring with Steve when we hit Virginia (Appomattox, Blacksburg and more) in May. twitter.com/SteveStephens/…

Apr 22, 2015

@JordanFurbee No problem with school pride. The arrogance of that ad, though, is above and beyond!

Apr 22, 2015

As a proud Ohio U. grad, this ad for Miami U. makes me gag: "Miami University. One of those places other places will never be. #MiamiOH"

Apr 22, 2015

RT @CCTColumbus: OSU Football Legend James Cotton will showcase his acting skills on stage with cast of The Emperor's New Clothes this Friday at 7:30p...

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