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

Ohio State program gives students a feeling of inclusion

dispatch.com — Amid the many hugs and photographs on his graduation day, Seamus McCord wasn't about to let go of the certificate he had just earned. The journey it represented, after all, had reached an end: He joined six others in becoming the first graduates of TOPS (Transition Options for Postsecondary Settings), a 5-year-old Ohio State University program for students with intellectual disabilities.

Avast, zoogoers: Pirate Island setting sail this weekend

dispatch.com — The dinosaurs have become extinct this year at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium - replaced by pirates with a public-service message. For the past two years, the Dinosaur Island attraction inhabited the boat-ride space in the zoo's "Australia and the Islands" region.

Options abound to ensure a memorable Mother’s Day

dispatch.com — A nice card and flowers? Check. Breakfast in bed? Check. But what else can one do to elevate Mother's Day? Sunday marks one of those occasions when the real gift is not an object but time spent together. Not all of the following events are exclusive to the actual day, but they are weekend options that should yield fond memories.

Mortarboard decor lets new degree holders proclaim pride

dispatch.com — Two years ago, Claire Peterman suffered from mortarboard envy. So, given a second chance on Saturday, she made up for it. At the Ohio University commencement ceremony in Athens, the Worthington native decorated her cap: "Tattooed N Degreed," it said in colorful tie-dyed letters, with a blue flower adding to the adornment.

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.
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May 24, 2015

RT @larenschield: Aminah Robinson, artistic genius, social narrator and Columbus native, died Friday. Honored to write about her life: dispatch.com/content/storie…

May 22, 2015

Exploring Blacksburg. Doing the Hokie pokey. This is a Hokie by the way. pic.twitter.com/K1e4Y9uAXY

May 20, 2015

At appomattox where @SteveStephens is shooting a different sort of Canon these days pic.twitter.com/92Sp2BRTMT

May 19, 2015

@ohioaj @SteveStephens Two previous trips with him and hasn't happened yet! We talk history and food and beer, not politics.

May 18, 2015

Tomorrow, @SteveStephens and I leave for Virginia. Appomattox and Blacksburg (OSU plays there 9/7) on the agenda. And wine, beer, etc. #win

May 17, 2015

Winning general, president, baseball fan...Grant's Da Man! twitter.com/GrantsTombNPS/…

May 15, 2015

Friday afternoon prior to a week off. I've got what a former colleague called, "BDGD" -- Burning Desire to Get Done.

May 15, 2015

@LoriKurtzman I forgot "Gordo." Which I believe is Spanish for fat. And now we risk over-sharing :)

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