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Jerry Zezima: No absence of mallets

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When it comes to croquet, a leisurely game that sounds like it involves chickens, I cannot mend my wicket ways.

John Grindrod: Fathers … sons … baseball

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Each year during the run-up to Father’s Day weekend, of course, many of my thoughts are invested in my own dad, who left me at what now seems the impossibly young age of 58 some 46 years ago. He was hit by a train at a cross-buck crossing just outside of Paulding on a Monday work day while driving his roads going about the business of selling some of Central Steel and Wire’s products. Dad sadly never was able to inhale a deep draft of retired air at Lost Creek Country Club and plunge a tee and Titleist into the ground on what would ordinarily be a work day.

Lori Borgman: I broke my own rule

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I broke my own rule and took my husband to Costco to do some heavy lifting. It was a big package trip: toilet paper, paper towels, coffee in cannisters the size of bank vaults and chicken breasts requiring a forklift.

Dr. Jessica Johnson: Recognizing mental health’s value in church

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Towards the end of May, my pastor, Overseer S.D. Carter, began a mental health series for our church, Vision of Breath with Life Ministries in Columbus. The series has extended into June and has a similar theme to last month’s National Alliance on Mental Illness’ “Take the Moment” campaign, which focused on support for family caregivers and mental health providers.

Legal-Ease: Research a property’s ownership and lien history before purchase

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When a good deal comes up, whether that be when you find a bargain deal on a blouse or the perfect throw pillow for your guest room, most people love to find deals and rush to purchase the item when they find it.

David Trinko: Artist brings whimsy to the mundane

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David Zinn likes to bring his little “imaginary friends” to life with chalk, using the imperfections of the sidewalk as a perfect canvas.

Mark Figley: Biden keeps weaponizing government

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Even before the conviction of Donald Trump in a Manhattan courtroom — compliments of Joe Biden and his No. 3 man at the Justice Department who helped shepherd the case — there were rumblings that good old Joe would be replaced at the top of the Democrat ticket.

Jerry Zezima: The big climb

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As a geezer who can barely make it up the dozen steps in my house without getting winded, I never thought I would make it up and down 2,500 steps at a baseball stadium without keeling over, being carted off the field and finishing the season on the disabled list.

Robert B. Reich: A tale of two consumers

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The government measures all sorts of consumer behavior: consumer spending, consumer confidence, consumer sentiment. The business pages are filled with analyses about whether consumers are buying or holding back, flush or poor.

Holy Cow! History: Trump’s attempted White House return faces headwinds of history

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The 2024 presidential race is unlike anything that’s happened in our lifetime. It’s a grudge match for the ages, a replay of 2020 that will likely end with either Donald Trump pulling a Grover Cleveland (by serving two non-consecutive terms), or with Joe Biden being the first president since Dwight Eisenhower to beat the same opponent twice in a row.