Ohio State Reformatory & The Shawshank Trail

I have to remind myself that some birds aren’t meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up does rejoice. But still, the place you live in is that much more drab and empty that they’re gone.…

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Cabins by the Caves

After hiking in Hocking Hills State Park, Boyfriend and I planned to spend Halloween in a secluded cabin in the woods watching scary movies (but not Evil Dead or Blair Witch or Friday the 13th or Cabin in the Woods or…you get it.)  Cabins by the Caves were nice enough to offer accommodations just a short drive away.  Checking in After some…

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Hiking in Hocking Hills

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” I’ve lived in Ohio most of my life. My family is…

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A Particularly Delicious Lemon Cake

Because the goodness of the ingredients—the fine chocolate, the freshest lemons—seemed like a cover over something larger and darker… Let me start by saying that I’ve never really liked cake. While other girls dream of three-tiered wedding cakes with fondant flowers, I imagine sitting by a campfire, roasting s’mores and trying not to drip chocolate…

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Boston Literary District

The Boston Literary District features notable literary landmarks around the city. While living in the heart of Beacon Hill I resolved to visit all 88 landmarks. Unfortunately I was unable to finish the map since moving back to Ohio, but I thought I would showcase what, in my opinion, is the best of it. It’s a nice stroll…

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Jack Kerouac’s Apple Pie

“I ate apple pie and ice cream—it was getting better as I got deeper into Iowa, the pie bigger, the ice cream richer…that’s practically all I ate all the way across the country, I knew it was nutritious and it was delicious, of course.” I set aside years of well cultivated hostility to team up with…

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