Saturday, July 30, 2011



For many of you who can remember the 60s, check out the photos by LeRoy Grannis, retired head photographer of Surfing Illustrated during the 1960's. Everyone wanted to be surfer or surfer's girl. Click here to check out more of LeRoy's now classic photos from Time Magazine.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Downtown Newark, Ohio Final Friday

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Steve Cohen & Screen Machine, a local manufacturer

Steve Cohen, President of Screen Machine a Licking County manufacturer opened his facility to Mitt Romney today. Watch this commercial and see why our country has to change.

Thanks to Naples Girl Blog for passing this along.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Sales meeting at OSU-N Warner Library

Amazing local campus with 5,000 students. A great asset to the Licking County Community.
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Don't know Paul Rand, but like how he will be remembered!

The iconic Paul Rand was one of the most prolific and influential graphic designers of the twentieth century. His treatise Thoughts on Design changed the way we look at pictorial identity. He passed away in 1996 leaving an enormous legacy and body of work. While visiting his site today I saw his headstone and thought how a design could be so befitting for such a great innovator. Rand’s name and life dates chiseled on a cube of marble sits askew on a cube of granite inscribed in Hebrew—it’s perfect and designed by Fred Troller, a pioneering Swiss modernist designer, and also a past faculty member from my alma mater, School of Art & Design at Alfred University.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

A Young Man’s Guide to Understanding Retirement Accounts: The 401(k)

Retirement savings, the earlier the better..................

Suppose you set aside $1,000 a year from age 25 to age 64 in a retirement account that earns 5% a year (historically, stocks return about 8%, but we’ll be conservative). That’s $39,000 total you invest. By the time you turn 65, you’ll have have $126,840. If you don’t get started with saving until you’re 35, you’ll only have $69,760. Starting just ten years earlier would have doubled your total. Yes, doubled.

If you’re a young man, you’re probably not giving much thought to retirement right now. It’s understandable. It’s hard to plan and think about something that’s 40 years away (maybe many more–the traditional idea of retirement will likely undergo a lot of changes in the next several decades). Moreover, many young men put off saving for retirement because they’re intimidated by the entire process. They feel like they don’t have the requisite knowledge to get started.

Click here to read the complete post by the Art of Manliness.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Downtown Farmers' Market, Fridays 3-6pm





You will find fresh vegetables, fresh meat, herbs, spices, room scents, homemade crafts, fresh bread, candy (great fudge), baked goods and many more items.

The Newark Downtown Farmers' Market is brought to you by the Licking County Chamber of Commerce's Downtown Committee.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


Thank you Sean Carpenter for posting this on The Realtors Toolbox, you will never know how much this video has meant to so many.

Monday, July 18, 2011


My family has been wrestling with Mom’s condition for years. We’ve made some mistakes, but we’ve also done some things right. Along the way, we’ve gained some wisdom about caring for an aging parent.

Prepare in advance. Most of the time, the problems associated with aging don’t come on all at once. Your mother or father will gradually lose the ability to function. When this starts to happen, take action. Don’t wait until the last minute. Encourage your parents to have their wills drafted. Get a power of attorney so that you can make decisions, if needed. Create a master document with a list of important accounts, account numbers, and passwords. It only takes a little work to gather these things when your parents are healthy, and they can save a lot of headache later on.
Define roles and share the load. It’s easy for one person to become resentful if she thinks she’s doing all of the work. At the same time, not everyone can (or should) help in the same way. My youngest brother has a terrific bedside manner, and did a great job of organizing Mom’s many medications and setting up a system to help her remember to take them. My other brother does a good job of making sure the routine chores are taken care of. I’m good at dealing with the Big Picture: talking with doctors and taking care of legal stuff. If your family works together to draw on each person’s strengths, it’s easier to help your aging parent.
Advocate loudly. Nobody cares more about your family’s situation than you do. Sure, there’ll be some doctors and social workers and other folks who are helpful, but ultimately you’re just a part of their job. If you need something, ask for it. If something seems wrong, speak up. Don’t be a jerk, but be assertive. If you don’t push for what your family needs, you’re probably not going to get it.
Dig deep for resources. No matter what your situation, there are resources to help. But you may have to spend hours — or days — looking until you find the help you need. Call city, county, and state agencies. Check their websites. Even if you don’t want (or don’t qualify for) government help, these places can point you to private parties that can help.



Saturday, July 16, 2011

Clippers @ Huntington Park

Thanks Tom Marcelain for the tickets!
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Friday, July 15, 2011


Being prepared is the best way to handle aging parents and we all just hope our children are watching and becoming prepared for their turn.

During the past several years when I have been with one of similar age, we always end up talking about aging parents. Even though we never thought our parents would have issues, the issues come and go on a more frequent basis than we ever expected. It is hard enough to manage our own health insurance, but having to learn about Medicare and different supplements takes us into a completely different world.

While having breakfast this morning with Jim Weisent, the aging parent topic arose. Jim brought up the issue that visits to the doctors office or hospital always brings up the questions of what prescriptions are in use for confirmation with the medical records. I told Jim about how I handle it and he thought it was a great idea to post it on my blog:

I keep my father's med list on my phone in a pdf file. Every time his medicines change or a dosage increases or decreases, I change it on my PDA. This has come in very handy, even if there is an emergency and I am not available, the list can be emailed to the hospital's emergency department. Recently, when my father did not have his med list during a check up, I was able to sit in the examination room and email it to the nurse so she could review the list. She was sitting four feet from me.

It works.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


About Generation Y.........

Let me just say for starters that I have never liked this tendency
to lump broad swaths of the population together and then pretend
that there is some coherent whole. Based on my experience of
dealing with them for 59 years, I'd say that the baby boomers are
a fairly diverse bunch. Shared experiences are nothing more than
that - shared experiences.

So.....I read with interest this:

"I’m proud to be part of Gen Y which will change the face of
America. Born between 1979 and 2000, there are over 80
million members of Gen Y which represents nearly 25% of
the U.S. population. ULI recently published an article
discussing what developers are doing to cater to the
characteristics of my generation."

"Based on a survey of 1,241 18-34-year-olds, here’s a list of
Gen Y traits and how real estate developers are meeting this
changing demand.

-Tech savvy, yet financially challenged due to the economy
and heavy debt load from student loans

-We will change careers (not just jobs) multiple times
throughout our life – we need to go where the jobs are,
making renting more desirable

-We’re driven by proximity to work, walkability of a
neighborhood and price – developers need to find a way to
make housing interesting, yet affordable. Developers are
making units smaller, with flexible interior components and
open floor plans

-We’re comfortable with mass transit and want to live
amongst the action

-We prefer a studio apartment to a roommate situation
(I differ on this one)

-We have high expectations for interior finishes – hardwood,
stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops etc.

-We’re very social, so we demand housing in vibrant, active
urban neighborhoods with amenities that enhance the social
experience – developers are putting in active rooftops
where residents can congregate

-We’re animal lovers – developers are putting in pet
amenities like dog washes and parks

-We value non-profit organizations and causes. Marketing
companies are using causes to generate foot traffic at a

-We’ll likely buy homes when we enter our 30s -the need to
connect with others will influence our purchase decisions
and we’ll continue to demand urban, walkable communities
near transit.

This was stolen from Steve Layman's blog. Click here to read more of what Steve has to say.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Johnny Thief + The Kleptones

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Friday, July 8, 2011


Earlier this week Nathan Clark, great-grandson of the founder of English shoe company Clark’s and inventor of the desert boot in 1947, died recently at the age of 94. Last week The Guardian ran this fine tribute.

As most men own khaki pants originated by US Army, Nathan saw another clothing trend brought home from the war to be worn as peacetime leisurewear.

FROM HIS OBITUARY: However, on leaving university in 1937 Nathan responded to the Quaker traditions of the Clark family, and volunteered to drive in a Republican ambulance unit in the Spanish civil war for two years. There, he noticed that peasant espadrilles with jute rope soles were more easily replaceable, and comfortable, than official ammunition boots. He was briefly a civilian, then joined the Royal Army Service Corps as an officer during the second world war.

Clark was sent to Burma in 1941, before the declaration of war on Japan, to help supply Chinese nationalist forces via the Burma road. After the Japanese invaded Burma, supplies for China were instead airlifted from Assam in India. Clark served until the end of the war in an improvised force with Indian army soldiers, and allied officers drafted eastwards after the North Africa campaigns. The Indians favoured Pashtun chaplis (sandals) that came from the North-West Frontier provinces, robust, masculine footwear airily open at toe and heel, but double-wrapped across the foot for protection. The desert veterans affected cravats and scarves offduty, plus rough suede ankle boots with minimal lacing and crepe rubber soles.

The originals of these had been commissioned from cobblers in Cairo's Khan el-Khalili souk by South Africans among the desert army, to replace their worn-out veldtschoen, the old voortrekker wear – boots sewn from soft, flexible hides, with a reliable grip yet cushioned tread on sand or rocks; they shared aspects of construction with the chukka boots worn for polo in Egypt and India. Back in Britain, a gentleman avoided suede on his feet – something sly about it, strictly for lounge lizards and worse – but up at the sharp end it was acceptable. Clark, intrigued, scissored newspaper patterns of the pieces for sandal and boot while in his barracks. He had understood what few did, that the fighting kit of the allies – sweat shirts, field jackets and desert boots – could become peacetime leisurewear.

Thank you to the for publishing Nathan's obituary.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011


Corona Extra
148 calories per 12 ounces

At our informal gathering on July 3rd, we did not help one of our

nation's growing problems by issuing over 10,000 calories.

Found via Valet at

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Another benefit of having OSU-Newark

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Ready for the fireworks!

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Friday, July 1, 2011


Stephens Richards this past Wednesday was sentenced to life in prison for the murdering his father. He deserves the punishment and more as far as I am concerned. He caused a fashion mistake while getting dressed for the last day of his trial, he forgot to button his collar. It was probably the last thing on his mind. Click here for more info.