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On a totally unrelated subject (OATUS)… Did you know pretty much everything written in English is created from just 26 letters, 16 punctuation marks, and 8 parts of speech (otherwise known as “word classes”)? Sure grammar, syntax, and other structural components play a role, but all of it begins with this relatively small set of base material.

Razzle-dazzle October


When October rolls around, Calendar designers never lack for colorful seasonal images to illustrate their printed wares.

My secret for talking to dogs


It’s no secret that I love dogs.

Chess pains


I’ve been a chess player since high school, though I didn’t really study the game’s historical strategies until I was in my 30s. I’ll spare you the traditional and pretentious notation of my skill rating and just say, my playing is at an intermediate level. I can hold my own with the average casual player.

Hangings — legal and illegal


By any standard Jesse Ransbottom was not an honorable man. The Fairfield (now Fairborn) resident had spent time in jail. He stated that he would slay those who provided food for his family while he was incarcerated because he didn’t want charity.

Time flies


Time. It’s the one thing we can’t control, change, or do over again. It’s a kind of untradeable currency that, once spent, is gone forever and can’t be earned back. Every moment is either a gift or a torment, depending on the circumstances and those who experience them. Each of us feels its passage differently and it never affects two people the same way.

Xenia has car manufacturing history


Unfortunately Xenia did not become a major automobile manufacturing site, but at one time, there were two different cars manufactured here.

Old dogs and new tricks


I’m sure you’ve heard the idiom, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.”

Beavercreek Township has many villages


Alpha is a small, unincorporated portion of Beavercreek Township.

Making a difference


There is no greater reward than having a positive influence on someone else’s life, but whether it brings with it the satisfaction of purpose is entirely up to you. Mahatma Gandhi said, “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” Put more simply, no matter who we are, we can all make a difference. Impacting even one person, at a singular moment, can make all the difference in the world, at least to them.


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