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

Family's trip down Grand Canyon a labor of love for father

dispatch.com — Four thousand feet deep into the Grand Canyon, as 11 members of the Headings family fought exhaustion, the 12th member - the only one among them unable to walk - propelled the others forward. "Our ankles are jelly; our knees are jelly; soreness and fatigue are setting in," recalled Rick Headings, 42.

Why I support animal research and the UW lab

seattletimes.com — It's a stereotype to suggest that researchers are callous, noncaring and sociopathic. IN light of the recent animal-rights protests, it's time that we engage in a discussion about the reality of animal research. I want to cut to the chase: Most people do not feel comfortable about the use of animals in research.

A healer's calling

dispatch.com — The doctor's words pierced Mallory Fraser's drug-induced haze. Her son, Brynn, born desperately sick 12 hours earlier, was fading. "They told us we needed to go down (to intensive care), that it was our time to snuggle and they wanted me to hold the child," she said.

Guide to Life: How to write an effective resume

dispatch.com — To produce an effective resume, experts say, think more like a real-estate agent and less like a novelist. With hiring managers sorting through hundreds or thousands of resumes per position, the key is to use the top of the page (location, location, location) not to simply list your experience but also to quickly and succinctly sell yourself.

Babies, toddlers have chance to participate in new show

dispatch.com — During a Columbus Children's Theatre show opening this week, audience members are encouraged to shout. They can even join the action onstage without fearing a reprimand. "We don't discourage that in this show," actress Eli Brickey said. "It's up to us to figure out how to handle it."

Online auctions by seasoned picker help fellow veterans, VFW post

dispatch.com — James Woodrow sees value in everything and everyone. For 30 years, he has used that eye to make a living as a "picker" - making the rounds of thrift stores, estate sales and trash heaps in search of items to resell at a profit.

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.
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Jul 01, 2015

West Side colleagues STILL just arriving at the office. Avoid, avoid! twitter.com/amiller78/stat…

Jun 29, 2015

RT @TerryMikesell: Want to visit the Columbus Museum of Art? Do it soon: Museum to close 9/7 through 10/24 as $37.6 million renovation project wraps up.

Jun 26, 2015

As the old saying goes, don't pick a fight with someone who buys ink by the barrel. twitter.com/BenSutherly/st…

Jun 26, 2015

RT @SteveStephens: Now that the Confederate flag is banned, the new Civil War chess sets will feature the Union Army versus the Atlanta Gay Men's Chorus.

Jun 25, 2015

RT @LoriKurtzman: Read it here best: Feds investigating sale of Mayor Coleman's house shar.es/1q2Lqe via @DispatchAlerts

Jun 25, 2015

I may be biased, but retiring journalists have the best stories to tell.... twitter.com/Jimryan015/sta…

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