September 2014 Issue
Editor's Note: Fresh Perspectives
Spotting a horse and buggy traveling along the side of the road in
Holmes or Geauga county is not uncommon. But for many of us, the sight
sets off a stir of wonder as we pass by in our climate-controlled
machines that can carry us from one corner of the state to the other in
the span of an afternoon.
Sometimes we wonder whether we could
eschew the technology that has become so ingrained in our lives. What
would that mean to us? Who would we be without it? That moment of
interaction as we pass by along the side of the road serves as a window.
We write about Ohio’s Amish Country this time of year because
summer’s first turn to fall is a great time to explore the expansive
fields and the bounty of stores and shops that call the area home. Finds
range from antiques to furniture to food to handcrafted cloth- and
textile-based works like those featured in this month’s cover story.
we are also interested in telling the stories of the people who are
part of the varied Amish and Mennonite communities that call Ohio home.
six women we talked to for this month’s issue welcomed us in and opened
up to us about who they are, what’s important to them and how they
became interested in their handcrafted work of choice, be it quilts or
rugs or folk art Amish dolls. Senior editor Linda Feagler introduces us
to these women and their work here
When you read their stories, a
couple things will become readily apparent. Yes, these women’s lives
are different than our own in some ways, but in all the important ones,
they don’t vary all that much. They are committed to their families,
their faith and the hard work that helps them make a living. The window
into their lives is interesting, but the more we learned about them, we
discovered that so much of their stories were mirrors of our own.
your professional football allegiance skews Bengals, Browns or
Steelers, you very likely had no idea that the Dayton Triangles and
Columbus Panhandles faced off in what is today recognized as the first
National Football League game. Players at the start of that 1920 season
had day jobs in factories and freight yards and competed on weekends to
make extra cash. Contributing writer Leo DeLuca waded through microfilm
of old newspapers and scoured the corners of sports history for his
fascinating look into the upstart league and the Oct. 3, 1920, inaugural
game in Dayton that started it all. Leo’s story kicks off here