Celebrating Children’s Book Week

Children’s Book Week begins on April 30. In its 99th year, this is our country’s longest running national literacy initiative. Children’s Book Week is administered by the Children’s Book Council, “Every Child a Reader,” a non-profit organization devoted to instilling a life long love of reading in our nation’s children.

Suggestion no prize winner

Years ago, when I was working full time, a colleague and I went to grab lunch at a local fast food establishment. We sat down with our sandwiches, fries, and sodas, and as we chewed over the latest problem at work, we also chewed the tasty fare. Midway through our meal, we both realized that we had ordered French fries, but had received packages of half fries, half onion rings.

Can’t we all just get along?

With only two issues of Deer In Headlines remaining, I felt that one of them should be dedicated to a discussion about civility and the destructive nature of hate. In short, we must try to get along better, regardless of political, religious, or socioeconomic differences.

Recognizing moments of real joy

One of the buzzword phrases of 2017 was “fake news.” We have suddenly become so indignant about falsified news feeds that fill our social media pages. It’s funny how we selectively care about some of the junk that’s fed to us by the media, but we gobble up other garbage like it’s filet mignon.

Weisenborn earns recognition for STEM education

Recently, Weisenborn Junior High was named a Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Distinguished School. This national award was in recognition of Weisenborn’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematic (STEM) and career learning program. In order to earn this distinction at the junior high level, a school must offer at least on PLTW Gateway unit per grade level, with at least 50 percent student participation and with 25 percent of students advancing to high school participating in two or more PLTW units. Currently, Weisenborn offers PLTW Gateway courses in computer science, engineering, and biomedical sciences. Wayne High School also offers nationally recognized PLTW programs in the areas of engineering, biomedical sciences, and computer science

When the works stop working

Living in the country has many advantages, plus a few interesting side challenges. Adding to the country lifestyle is a very old, interesting house with similarly interesting electrical and plumbing systems. Our house has had additions several times since it was first constructed in 1811. The first addition was in 1823. More than a century passed when a kitchen was added in the 1950s. At the turn of this millennium, we added a family room.

Compromise crucial to legislating

A crucial component of legislating successfully is compromise. Good ideas come from both sides of the aisle and from all kinds of perspectives. More often than not, the legislation we pass is of a bipartisan nature, and I firmly believe that by working together we can come to the best solutions that serve all Ohioans.

Protecting net neutrality

High-speed internet is an absolute necessity, and the free flow of information is vital to our everyday lives. It impacts the way we live, work, study, and enjoy our free time.

Pulling a dream down off the shelf

Earlier this month, our church sponsored a rummage sale. I dutifully rummaged in many of our closets, seeking items we could donate. I decided to investigate the bookcase in our master bedroom. In that built-in case, we have stored many of our oldest books — our school year books, our high school literature books, and the like. The reason for this is that the bookcase doesn’t open easily, so it’s one of those things we have on the list to fix “someday.”

Car tech goes into overdrive

There’s a lot of talk lately about the newest technology in vehicles. Apparently, they’ve figured out how to allow our car to “drive itself.” Also, the car can correct for things drivers don’t happen to notice, like the car in front of us suddenly braking, or a small child running into the street.