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Waynesville + Sauerkraut = Tons of fun  By Jim Bucher  Don’t you love humble beginnings? Case in point … Many, many years ago two gentlemen by the names of Kettering and Deeds decided they were weary from starting their automobile engines by turning an impractical hand crank on the front of the car. So, together […]

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What happened to chivalry?  By Jim Bucher   According to Wikipedia, the online, open-forum encyclopedia – thought I’d sound hip saying that instead of, “According to my Encyclopedia Britannica in book form on my bookshelf” – the word “polite” means “having or showing behavior that is respectful and considerate of other people.” The word “courteous” […]

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Dayton beer memorabilia … or lack thereof  By Jim Bucher   Photo: A vintage bottle from Dayton’s Olt Brewing Company The Buchers and beer history in the Miami Valley go way back. I’m the proud descendent of Robert Edgar. “Who is Robert Edgar,” you say? Well, first, he’s my great-great grandfather, with maybe a great added […]

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Old sayings … say what?  By Jim Bucher Many a quick wit was the norm in my family from Mom, Dad, uncles and aunts. There always seemed to be a wisecrack or four in the conversation. Guess that’s where I get it. But what was perplexing is those old sayings and where they came from. […]

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To Google or not to Google … By Jim Bucher  OK, we’ve all done it. You’d be lying if you tell me “No.” I’ve done it a few times. It’s not illegal, of course. Well, in our country at least. But in light of recent events, our government probably already knows we do it. I’m talking […]

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Life – for all of us, it’s terminal  By Jim Bucher   Photo: The grand monuments at Woodland Cemetery One thing we all have in common in life – it’s  for sure, guaranteed, puts us all on the same playing field, my friends – death. Wow! Did I wake up on the wrong side of the bed or […]

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It’s great ’n Dayton!  By Jim Bucher  Photo: The Deeds Carillon welcomes visitors at the south end of Dayton, courtesy of bikedayton.wordpress.com   I’m just as guilty as the next guy. It’s easy to take shots at the place we call home. To some, it’s just their nature, nothing will ever make them happy. For others, they […]

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Life’s little irritations Photo: Bucher lawn maintenance: Large rocks protecting the driveway By Jim Bucher   As I am now back and refreshed from my vacation in sunny California, it’s time to get back into the swing of things. It’s tough with that jet lag and three-hour West Coast time difference, but then got to thinking, […]

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Sexting through the ages By Jim Bucher  Well, It’s the Sizzling Summer Sex issue in this week’s Dayton City Paper.What exactly does that mean? I made a quick phone call to our fearless leader, Owner and Publisher of DCP, Paul Noah, to get the lowdown.“Paul, it’s Buch,” I said. “Oh, hey there. What’s up?” Paul […]

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Bucher vacation revelations – Part 2 By Jim Bucher   Photo:  The Buchers on vacation at the Hollywood Bowl  Ok, if you were here last week – in this very same spot – you know that I’m writing about my vacation with my two teenage daughters to visit my brother in California. If you need […]

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On craft and craftsmanship

In the studio with Landon Crowell By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Landon Crowell, Inertia in Light of a Likely Disaster, 2011. Wood, […]

Modern masters, talking turkeys and the king himself

Your summer roadmap to art in Cincinnati By Susan Byrnes Photo: Trenton Doyle Hancock, “Hot Coals in Soul,” 2010. Acrylic and […]

International flavor, Midwest vibe

Annual Festival of Nations returns By Andy Hertel Photo: The Brazil delegation proudly represents its country at the 2012 Festival of […]

It’s my party

Troy Hayner Cultural Center rings in 100 years By Alyssa Reck Photo: Hayner Days will begin at 11 a.m. on Aug. […]

Scene around the fence

Beautifying a Yellow Springs construction space By Tammy Newsom Photo:  This is a wall of many capers. A Young’s Dairy […]

Drawn on the lawn

Annual Art on the Lawn event returns By Evan Shaub Photo: A musician performs at 2013’s Art on the Lawn event; […]