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

Random Thoughts: Simpler life beckons in Tennessee

dispatch.com — On Tuesday afternoon, my family and I will head over several rivers and through the deep woods to Tennessee for Thanksgiving. When people ask me where in Tennessee my wife's family lives, I say, "The middle of nowhere." They think I exaggerate. We don't head to Knoxville, Nashville, Memphis, Chattanooga or even Gatlinburg.
Nov 23, 2015

Story No. 2 today, and this one's personal. An unplugged Thanksgiving beckons: bit.ly/1P39bLV

These turkeys can be thankful

dispatch.com — MARYSVILLE - Like most Americans, the Godwin family will have a turkey on their Thanksgiving table. But it won't be edible. After taking photos on Sunday of her son Noah, 8, visiting with several of the turkeys at the Sunrise Sanctuary near Marysville, Debbie Godwin, a vegan, came up with a different plan for Thursday.
Nov 23, 2015

Good morning. Heading toward Thanksgiving, these residents of an animal sanctuary can be thankful for their... fb.me/7wLvQTi1q

Nov 23, 2015

Three stories today (woo-hoo). This one was fun, celebrating Thanksgiving FOR 12 fat turkeys: bit.ly/1MMZyem

Columbus Children’s Theatre director takes stage for ‘Scrooge’

dispatch.com — The chance to portray a villain's transformation lured William Goldsmith back to the stage. In his first major role in 14 years, the artistic director of Columbus Children's Theatre will play Ebenezer Scrooge in the group's production of Mr. Scrooge, which will open on Friday.
Nov 23, 2015

Can't wait to see Scrooge at Columbus Children's Theatre with Bill Goldsmith as Scrooge! shar.es/1crIWG via @DispatchAlerts

Nov 23, 2015

Story No. 3 today: Artistic director of @CCTColumbus returns to stage as Scrooge: bit.ly/1IbG9BJ

Miniaturists discover passion in crafting fairy-sized vignettes

dispatch.com — Using tweezers, Ruth Mason carefully opened the door on her 6-inch-tall ostrich egg - prompting the lights to turn on and revealing an even-smaller world inside. Rows of books paper the walls. A tiny table with a lamp and book stand on one side.
Nov 18, 2015

In this job, I discover new worlds every day. Like these folks with the Columbus Miniature Society: bit.ly/1HYarxb

Malls try to shorten long lines for Santa

dispatch.com — Parents who shudder at the prospect of waiting in long lines to visit Santa with their children now have several options at central Ohio shopping malls. In 2014, the Mall at Tuttle Crossing debuted an online-reservation system for its Santa visitors.
Nov 14, 2015

Forget Buckeyes football. Parents & kids SHOULD HAVE TO WAIT IN A SANTA LINE. It's required. dispatch.com/content/storie… pic.twitter.com/w1YY802HzA

Nov 16, 2015

From over the weekend, my story on central Ohio malls using new ways to shorten lines for Santa: bit.ly/1Pwkpsf

Six-Word Memoir project spreads locally

dispatch.com — Sum up life in six words. Such was the task that Olentangy High School senior Carly Wolfe pondered one evening in September. Her English teacher, Erin Centa, had heard about the Six-Word Memoir project three years earlier and had made it an annual assignment for her 12th-graders.
Nov 12, 2015

What can you say in six words? A lot. Check out a literary trend picking up momentum locally: bit.ly/1MDwnxy

Halloween-themed activities sure to delight kids of all ages

dispatch.com — In late October, it's hard to imagine anyone has been unable to find a fall- or Halloween-related activity. But for those who want one final taste of the season, several options remain: PARK STREET THEATRE, 512 PARK ST. For the first time, Columbus Children's Theatre is turning over its stage to a visiting troupe - Madcap Puppets.
Oct 29, 2015

My weekly Family column, with a few final possibilities for Halloween-themed fun (a Headless Horseman puppet?): bit.ly/20cX6qK

Teen piano prodigy Ethan Bortnick as fast on his feet as on the keys

dispatch.com — Although the chant of "O-H!" and "I-O!" baffled Ethan Bortnick, he handled it like a true showman. A year ago, during his first visit to Columbus, the 13-?year-old piano prodigy had just asked the Southern Theatre crowd how it was doing when, out of the darkness, someone started the beloved call and response.
Oct 26, 2015

Wrote about a personable piano prodigy coming to Columbus on Wednesday. He's 14 and quite an entertainer: bit.ly/1MeRu50

Book review: Urban Meyer's tutorial insightful but dry

dispatch.com — For coach Urban Meyer, the aftermath of an incomplete Ohio State pass against the Wisconsin Badgers in December proved to be "one of the most gratifying things that happened the whole season." Which says a lot, given that the 2014 season ended with a national title for the Buckeyes.
Oct 24, 2015

@OSUCoachMeyer wrote a book, I reviewed it. Some insights, but a lot of "coach speak" and CEO-ish leadership stuff: bit.ly/1Wby6LB

'Oliver!' proceeds to help Mid-Ohio Foodbank

dispatch.com — For several years, Eli Wilson has carried dollar bills in his pocket, ready to give the cash to people who seem to be in need. Eli is 7 years old. So when he learned that a production of Oliver! would help those less fortunate, he decided to audition.
Oct 22, 2015

When you were 7, were you handing out dollar bills to the homeless? This kid does, and he can act and sing, too: bit.ly/1MblPYf

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Nov 24, 2015

@zdogizzy Thanks -- You may want to send to @JoAnneViviano , Faith & Values reporter. Not sure about a product story, though.

Nov 24, 2015

Overheard in the office, from a colleague starting a phone interview: "Hi Allison, you're not in labor, are you?" #journalism #variety

Nov 24, 2015

@akesandpain @BeauBishop Sorry. Fought my last Twitter fight years ago. Going on 5 years ago, actually! #peace

Nov 23, 2015

@BeauBishop Not disagreeing w/Miles opinion, but some of that is more games played in modern era. Win pct. better comparison?

Nov 23, 2015

Story No. 3 today: Artistic director of @CCTColumbus returns to stage as Scrooge: bit.ly/1IbG9BJ

Nov 23, 2015

Story No. 2 today, and this one's personal. An unplugged Thanksgiving beckons: bit.ly/1P39bLV

Nov 23, 2015

And all I care about is getting out of Downtown ahead of the event-related traffic.... twitter.com/ohioaj/status/…

Nov 23, 2015

RT @AdamJardy: #Buckeyes had never lost home games in football and men's basketball in consecutive days in school history. Until last weekend.

Nov 23, 2015

Three stories today (woo-hoo). This one was fun, celebrating Thanksgiving FOR 12 fat turkeys: bit.ly/1MMZyem

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