I bought this book last September, in 2022. I shop whenever I’m watching an OSU football game. It’s a superstition, but it makes me feel like I’m doing my part to help the Buckeyes win.
My Stats from Last Year:
Trivia score Name Recognition
Chapter 1 5 of 20 --
Chapter 2 7 14 of 28
Chapter 3 11 11 of 20
Chapter 4 5 9 of 22
Chapter 5 5 7 of 21
Chapter 6 5 12 of 38
Chapter 7 8 10 of 26
That means my best scores came in Chapter 5 for both trivia and name recognition. It was all about catching the ball, AKA the receivers. Here’s my link to last year’s trivia:
Game Day Saturday, September 16 - Chapter 8 - How I did, and what I learned.
Chapter 8: Coaching Carousel: I thought I’d do better on this chapter than I did. I’ve been following Ohio State football since the 60s. I can name the coaches in order . . . Woody Hayes, Earle Bruce, John Cooper, Jim Tressel, Urban Meyer, and Ryan Day.
I double checked, and I missed one. Luke Fickel was coach for less than a year. He came between Tressel and Meyer. I have a soft spot for Luke’s wife, Amy. She comes from Spencerville, Ohio. That’s just up the road from my house in Wapak.
In spite of knowing all that, I was back to mediocre again, 7 right out of 20. YUCK! And on name recognition, I knew 11 out of 23. Yep, mediocre, but, these questions are hard!
These are my four favorite OSU coaches. I don’t know any of the ones before Woody. I was born in 1959, and Woody became head coach in 1951. He was still there during the fall of 1978 when I was a freshman. I feel sorry now for the next two coaches . . . There was no way they could compare to Woody, and the three that followed . . . I loved them like Woody 😊
Now for my Pick 3 questions, they’re all about the best OSU coach ever – Wayne Woodrow Hayes!
3. Including Woody Hayes, how many coaches have the Buckeyes had since hiring Hayes in 1951?
A. 4 B. 5 C. 6 D. 7
I got it right . . . 7! You can double check the answer in the first paragraph. I named those 7 coaches in order, and I only forgot 1. Not bad!
11. How many Big Ten championships did Woody Hayes win as the Buckeyes’ head coach?
A. 13 B. 15 C. 11 D. 17
Shucks! I guessed 17. Too high! The answer . . . 13. I guess even Woody couldn’t win them all, but he sure tried.
18. Urban Meyer and Jim Tressel combined to coach more All-Americans at
Ohio State than Woody Hayes. A. True B. False
I missed it! I said true, that two coaches could produce more All-Americans than just one. Wrong! I forgot that Woody coached for 28 years, while Jim and Urban only did 15, altogether. Wow! What a coach!
Fun Fact: Before Woody came, OSU was known as the coaches’ graveyard.
See you next week for Chapter 9!
If you copy someone’s work when you’re young, you’re called a copycat. You might get in trouble with your teacher. Maybe with the person you copied from, but it doesn’t hurt a lot.
If you copy when you’re older, like in high school, you might get a bad grade. If you do it in college, it’s serious. The name even changes. It’s called plagarism. Not only will you get a bad grade, you might be kicked out of college. It might stay on your academic record, making it hard/impossible to get into another school.
Part 1 - Meet Ed Sheeran: He’s a famous musician/songwriter, but he’s run into a couple of copyright issues.
I did too, when I found these public domain pictures of Ed. I’m allowed to share them with you, but only if I acknowledge the photographer. If I don’t, I could get into trouble. I don’t like trouble, so I”ll paste their names below the pictures. It’s the right thing to do too, to give creators credit for their work.
Look at both pictures. Which Ed looks older? If you said the first one, you’re right. It was taken in 2018 in Berlin. The second one is from a festival in 2014. Ed changed a lot, in those four years.
Would you believe that it was in 2014 that Ed got into copyright problems. Why? What happened? Keep reading. My source:
Link: Ed Sheeran wins Thinking Out Loud copyright case - BBC News
In 2014 Ed was hit with a lawsuit over his hit, “Thinking Out Loud.” The children of Ed Townsend thought it was too close to their dad’s hit with Marvin Gaye. , “Let’s Get It On.”
Ed Townsend’s children thought Ed Sheeran copied too much from their dad, and the kids sued Ed, Warner Music Group, and Sony Music for copyright infringement. The case wasn’t settled until May 4 of this year, 2023. Nine years is a long time to wait for a judgement. It’s also a long time to pay a lawyer.
The heart of the case wraps around the chords and rhythms. Ed Sheeran’s lawyer says those elements are like the letters of the alphabet. They build words. In music those elements build songs. The other side says they don’t own the elements, but they own their father’s unique arrangement of them.
Both sides in the litigation, must have had good points to keep the court case alive. Good pieces of evidence. So what tipped the scales for Ed Sheeran, all puns intended? 😊 He testified, with his guitar. He sang bits of his song and talked about the four chords he used to write it. He probably talked about the four chords in the other song, and how they were different.
Ed talked about writing it in England with his friend Amy Wadge. He said he was inspired by his grandparents, and by a new someone he’d started seeing.
Both sides used musicologists, people who study how music is put together. They use computers to help them analyze it. Ed Sheeran’s witness pointed out those same four-chords in question, they were found in a couple of songs written and produced before Marvin’s song came out in 1973. Marvin and Ed were never sued over those chords, and their hit came out 31 years before Ed Sheeran’s.
During the trial Ed’s lawyer said, “These are basic musical building blocks that songwriters now and forever must be free to use, or all of us who love music will be poorer for it.” Ed Townsend’s children, Ed Sheeran’s, and children yet unborn will never hear that music, or write it either.
Ed told reporters he’d quit singing and writing songs if he was found guilty. Thank goodness he wasn’t. His talent, his genius would have been lost, forever.
Afterwards, Ed thanked the jurors, but he said he was also “frustrated that baseless claims like this are allowed to go to court at all.” He added, if the verdict had been guilty, “we might as well say goodbye to the creative freedom of songwriters.”
Ed is not done with copyright lawsuits. There’s still one hanging over his head for “Thinking Out Loud.” David Pullman is an investment banker, and his company holds the copyright for the Marvin Gaye song too. He has the next lawsuit.
I write for children, and I can see both sides of the issue. I’m just glad I don’t have to sit in judgement on this case, or any others.
Part 2: Copyright, for Reading a Book: I started doing Saturday Reads in April of 2022. I was excited about sharing new books and authors with you. I’ve always been a reader, and one of my favorite things . . . reading out loud. This seemed perfect!
A few months later a friend asked about Saturday Reads. I told her I read and record a picture book every Saturday. Then she asked if I had permission from the publisher. That’s when I got a sinking feeling. I hadn’t even thought about it, until she asked. Now, I was worried. Violating copyright is expensive, even if you do it by accident, and that’s exactly what I’d done.
This is a copyright for a children’s book. It’s mine, so I have permission to share it with you.
Copyright © 2019 by Rinda Beach. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, distributed or transmitted in any form or by any means, including photocopying, recording, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without the prior written per-mission of the publisher, except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical reviews and certain other noncommercial uses permitted by copyright law. For permission requests, write to the publisher, addressed “Attention: Permissions Coordinator,” at the address below.
The underlined part, those are the important words. I asked another writing friend about them. She’s also a small publisher. She said I could still do Saturday Reads, but only if I read part of the book. She explained that by recording it, a reader could get the book without buying it. That’s not fair to the publisher, or to the author/illustrator, and I’m one of those. I had no idea, but now I do, so I changed how I do Saturday Reads.
Now I stop at/before the halfway point, when there’s a question about how the story ends. Then I tell curious readers to check out the book at their local library or book store. I still get to introduce new books and authors, but now it’s the right way. I’m grateful to both of my friends. One warned me about the danger, and the other showed me how to share books correctly.
Part 3: Copyright and a Photo – How I Got Burned:
It all started with a photo, but not this one. It’s public domain, so I’m safe to use it. The one I picked, it wasn’t.
Back in the day when I was teaching, I took some tech classes, and they said it was alright to use Bing images. I thought that was still true when I started my blog in November of 2016. I was writing, but I wasn’t making money from my blog. WRONG!
This isn’t the photo either, but the original one was of Donald Trump. It was taken back in August of 2017, back when there was a huge eclipse, and it was supposed to be the best one, for a long time. If you’d like to read what I wrote back then, here’s the link . . .
But now you won’t find anything about Donald Trump in that post. I’d written about how everyone, including Donald, Melania, and Barron went outside to see the eclipse. They had special glasses on, like everyone else across the country. I wrote about the First Family, and I had a picture of them too.
That photo stayed up for half a year or more. Then one day I got an email from a law firm in Canada. They were representing a French newspaper/magazine. The email asked me to cease and desist. They wanted me to take down the picture, because of copyright. AND they wanted money, almost $200 for my mistake.
I wanted to ignore it, but I couldn’t. They had me! They had a photo of the post, with the date, and the photo in question. I didn’t ask any more questions. They gave me a number to call, and I did. I spoke to a lawyer, and I told her my story . . . how I was a retired teacher and an unpublished writer, who wasn’t making any money from their photo, or from my website. I also told them I’d already taken the photo down, per their request.
It wasn’t enough. I still had to pay a fine, just like you do when you get a speeding ticket. (You have to have a really good excuse to get out of it, like you’re having a baby.) I didn’t, but they took my situation into account. They cut my fine in half, and I learned how to find and use Public Domain pictures.
I was scared to death for at least six months. I’d been using Bing photos for almost a year, but I lucked out. No one else contacted me, but, I learned my lesson, at least about photos. Now I never search Bing for them. I go to Pixabay or Wikipedia, and I follow their rules (like I did with the photos of Ed Sheeran). Copyright lawsuits are expensive. Ask Ed!
Part 4: Copyright and My First Book: This was my first, and worst experience with copyright. I’d done all the work, gone through all the problems that go with writing and publishing a book. I’d lost and found three illustrators. That was the first time I was dead in the water. Then I’d found a friend who helped me with the illustration codes for IngramSparks, my printer. If he hadn’t figured it out, I would have been dead in the water again.
That’s when the third one hit. I was meeting with a local business group in April. I wanted to spread the word that my book was coming out in May . . . Someone asked if I’d talked to Purdue. I looked at them, completely blank. She said Purdue had a foundation that owns the copyright to Neil Armstrong’s name and image. Later a friend said I look shell-shocked. I didn’t have a clue. I didn’t know what to do next, except cry.
There’s always a silver lining, if you’re willing to look for it. I had a critique group that afternoon, and one of the members is a small Texas publisher. She looked up the copyright and showed it to me. (I couldn’t even find it.) Then I had to figure out what to do next. I’m a retired second grade teacher. I didn’t know anything about copyright back then, but I’ve always known how to ask questions. It’s one of my superpowers.
So, I asked a friend, my daughter’s mother-in-law. She’s actually a copyright lawyer. How lucky was that?! I gave her a call. The next day she had the name of the contact at Purdue, and she had gathered information for me. She coached me on what to do, but she didn’t represent me . . . lawyers can’t work outside their own state lines. She helped me figure out what to say. Then she nudged me and got me moving.
It took a month, but I finally got permission from Purdue. Why? How? Money! I negotiated a contract with them (I know . . . crazy . . . for a retired teacher to do). Someone told me this group of lawyers even represented Marilyn Monroe’s estate. OUCH! Lucky them, this time they were working with a retired teacher. Me.
My lawyer friend showed me how to decide if an offer was fair, for me. The first one wasn’t. Every penny I earned, plus an extra nickel, went to Purdue. They had no idea, literally. We went back and forth a few times (I know . . . it still amazes me that I did it.), and we finally came to an agreement that worked for Purdue, and for me too. Thank Goodness!
I didn’t set the publishing date, not until the contract was signed and dated. THEN, I could sell my book. It was the first time I learned writing is a business. If you can’t make money by selling a good or service, you can’t stay in business. According to the IRS, my business is considered a hobby. Why? I don’t make enough money to qualify. Entrepreneurship is NOT for the faint of heart. It’s for businesspeople who can produce goods and services at a reasonable price, pay for their expenses (people and materials) and make enough money to pay for their own expenses (their own wants and needs). If you can’t do that, you are a hobbyist, like me.
This is my first book! It’s my best seller, and I still sell a few books, here and there. Not as many as I did in 2019, when it first came out. That was also the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Perfect timing!
This is my wind tunnel. I had to build one to write the book. If you can’t picture something, you can’t write about it. If you want to picture Neil’s, look at my fan. Then imagine his . . . He used the propeller, from a real airplane. Stove pipe encased it, so that every bit of wind went through his tunnel, just like it does in my tiny version.
I’m thankful for my experiences with copyright. I learned over the years that what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger. And smarter. Copyright protects me, and the things I create. It also protects my fellow creators and the work they produce.
Have you ever heard of technophobia? I had, but for years I thought it was a joke. It turns out it’s real. Here’s the proof – I googled ‘technophobia’ and found this dictionary entry.
Part 1 – Me, the Technophobe: I’ve joked for years about being one, but I never knew it was a real thing, until I started putting this post together.
My latest journey as a technophobe started last May, in 2022. My husband bought me a new computer because my old one was so bad it took 20 minutes to log on. Every single time. Really!
But as a technophobe, I put up with all those minutes from May until August because I thought it was easier than navigating a new one. Finally in August I hit bottom zooming with my critique group. That’s my lifeline to other writers, to polishing my words. That’s when I finally started learning to use my new computer.
Thank goodness! I have my own tech expert – my husband. He got me through most of the changes in August. They weren’t as big as I imagined. It’s true – fear is worse than the things you’re afraid of. My email changed a little. I have two different addresses. Now they show up on the same program. It’s lovely!
My internet changed a lot! I had to put my favorite sites on the new internet. I also had to re-enter my password information, but my husband held my hand and got me through it, in August.
The biggest thing I use is Microsoft Word, and the only thing that changed is the way I do screenshots. The new way uses the snipping tool. I didn’t want to figure it out, so I found a way to paste the snip, and I was back in business, in August.
OOPS! I almost forgot, the cloud. YUCK! My husband made me learn how to use it. I didn’t want to. It took a lot of time to transfer my files to the cloud. But now that it’s done, I’m glad I made the change. Mostly because when I get the next computer, and I will, all my files will be in the cloud, waiting for me. That’s a very good thing, even if it took until September.
The only thing I haven’t figured out yet . . . is Scrivener. It’s a program I used a lot six years ago, but not so much now. The biggest problem – they updated the program, and I don’t want to learn the new one. I track my blog ideas and posts on Scrivener. It was a really small change, but tracking the books I sell, that’s harder! Even on my old computer I had to copy, then paste it into Word. I just did it for the last time. Now I’ll do all my tracking on Microsoft Word.
There’s still one thing I haven’t figured out . . it’s the email list for my newsletter. I’ve been going the long way around, writing my email on the new computer. I save it as a draft. Then I go on the old one. I copy and paste my Scrivener email list onto the draft. Then I click send. It’s the long way around, but eventually I’ll figure it out. Somehow, maybe tomorrow. Maybe next month ☹
Part 2 – What the Experts Say: The Cleveland Clinic says clinicians should treat technophobia like a specific phobia. That means like an irrational fear – of a situation, an object, an animal, or of an interaction. The risk from technology doesn’t match up with the real danger. Computers rarely hurt you, but being afraid could stop you from doing something that makes your life easier.
When you’re forced to use technology, here are some of the symptoms you might have.
It looks like I’m a bit of a technophobe, according to the Cleveland Clinic. It is more common with older people, like me. They cited a study of age and internet use. It said . . .
If you have extreme anxiety – you might feel breathless, dizzy, faint, flushed, sweaty, or nauseous. Your heart might even beat faster. Mine doesn’t – I have milder symptoms.
My Source: Technophobia: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment (clevelandclinic.org)
If you have a mild case like me, VeryWellMind.com suggests a few strategies to help you cope:
1. Ask for help. I do – my husband. He’s a techie. You could ask a friend or relative for help. Kids are great at technology.
2. Take a class. I did as a teacher, and now as a writer. I took one to help me do my weekend videos. Look at your library, Y, or community college. They might have a class that’s a good fit for you.
3. Set goals. If you’re getting a tablet or cell phone, think tiny steps, like turning it on, or making a phone call, or taking pictures. Keep it simple and easy. Don’t forget to keep a coach around for back-up.
If you have severe symptoms that interfere with your life, see the doctor. They can help you with fear and anxiety.
1. Cognitive Behavior Therapy will help you identify negative thoughts. Then your therapist can help you replace them with positive ones. They’ll help you cope with your fears.
2. Exposure Therapy is all about exposing you to the thing you’re afraid of. Your anxiety will slowly disappear.
3. Medications can be prescribed to work with the therapy you’re doing. They work together. My Source: Technophobia: Definition, Symptoms, Traits, Causes, Treatment (verywellmind.com)
Part 3 – When Did Technophobia Start? Believe it or not, it wasn’t at the dawn of computers. Would you believe its roots are in the Industrial Revolution? That’s when machines started taking jobs from skilled tradesmen. Factory owners could hire the unskilled, for much less.
Tradesmen, like weavers, started worrying about their jobs, their families. In 1675 some of them banded together to destroy the machines that were destroying them. By 1727 the financial losses made the British Parliament create a new law. Destroying machines was now a crime, worthy of the death penalty.
But it didn’t stop the problem – it didn’t solve it either. In the 1800’s the weavers found a name to use, Ned Ludd. He’s the weaver’s version of Robin Hood. No one’s sure whether Ned or Robin were real, fictional, or a combination of both.
The new group, the Luddites, robbed important parts from knitting frames. They stole supplies. They wanted trade rights, but they also threatened destruction. In 1812, Parliament had enough. They passed The Frame Breaking Act. The penalty – execution, or a ticket to Australia’s penal colonies. This time the destruction stopped.
Do you recognize this face? It’s from a story written by Mary Shelley in 1818. The title – Frankenstein! This version is a photo taken to promote the 1935 movie, The Bride of Frankenstein. The actor – Boris Karloff. If you love horror movies, you know his name.
Mary Shelley visited Europe in 1815. She traveled along the Rhine, stopping in Gernsheim, eleven miles from Frankenstein Castle. That’s where 200 years earlier an alchemist had done some experiments. It stirred her imagination.
In 1816 Mary and two famous British writers, Percy Shelley and Lord Byron, decided to have a contest – to write the best horror story. Evidently Mary won, at 18. Her story is a classic. Remember the alchemist and his experiments? She mixed them together, added a monster, and brought it to life. The result – horrifying! Technophobia strikes again!
BTW – women weren’t supposed to be writers so Mary’s name didn’t appear in the first edition, but it was in the second and all those that followed.
That’s how technophobia started, but it hasn’t stopped. From pasteurization to evolution, electricity and the telephone. Through the discovery of uranium to nuclear bombs, leaded gas and pollution, the hole in the ozone layer and global warming. Are you feeling anxious yet?
Those things make my computer worries seem small. I can’t control the future or its inventions, but I can control my computer, and eventually my address problem. Here’s to the future, to taking care of what I can, and letting the rest go. I’m a Christian, so I trust in God, and in his plans.
This post started because I felt a call to read a picture book aboutt Dr. King’s dream. His speech was written and delivered in 1963, when I was 4 years old. I felt a mixture of happy and sad as I reread it. Happy that so much has changed since 1963, and sad because our nation feels so divided on racial lines today.
Part 1 – Martin’s Dream – I can’t recite his speech, but I’m glad I returned the ebook . . . Someone already checked it out.. I went back and listend to my video-reading so I could give you an accurate summary of the details I recorded.
Martin gave this speech on August 28, 1963. He said, paraphrasing, that even though we’re facing difficulties today and tomorrow, that he had a dream that was rooted in the history of our country. He dreamed that we’d rise up and live the words of our creed, that all men are created equal.
Martin had a dream that the sons of Georgia, slave and slave owner could sit down together in brotherhood. That in the sweltering heat of injustice and oppression of 1960 Mississippi, that it could become a place of peace and justice.
Then my favorite part, that his four little kids could grow up in a land where they’re judged by the content of their character, not on the color of their skin. The page I stopped on showed a circle of children, black and white, having fun, and they weren’t thinking about skin color. They were too busy being kids.
I don’t remember the rest of the speech, but there’s a huge section about letting freedom ring, Martin named some of those places . . . from the Atlantic to the Pacific, to the great plains and so many more.
I got an email today, with a quote from Dr. King. I hope it resonates with you . . . “Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. If you’d like to read the quote, and a little bit more about Martin, here’s the link: Daily Inspiration | Inspiring Quotes.
Part 2 – Reaching Out For Your Dreams: One idea is to picture your dreams. What do you want to do? Next imagine the things you can do to make it come true. What steps do you need to take? This is a project I did with my second graders to honor Dr. King. It also helps them envision their dreams. It came from my friend, Rose, and it looks something like this . . . But with a picture of your dream below the clouds.
Here are two models. There are more steps, but it’s a start to get kids thinking. Adults too!
My first dream was to become a teacher . . .
I went to college and studied teaching.
I worked with kids and teachers in my methods classes.
I subbed and found my way into my first job.
Here's a picture of me teaching . . .
My dream now – to find an agent.
First I’ll listen to my critique partners to polish my work.
Next I’ll submit to agents, using their guidelines.
Finally I’ll track my submissions to decide when to move on, and when to send nudges.
PS – I’ll also keep writing new stories.
Here’s me writing . . .
Part 3 – What are Your Dreams . . . And How Can You Reach Them? I shared mine in Part 2. Dreams can change and grow over time. Mine did. What are yours today? I thought back to the days when I was teaching second grade. Here are some of the dreams my students had. I picked the ones that seem to be true all these years later.
My second graders loved sports, from football to dance. You could pick a sport you’re playing now, or one that pops up in the future. The most important thing – that your dream fits you, and what you want out of life.
The next step, how can you grow your skills? Some things are obvious . . . like practice, joining a team, or finding a good coach, but there are many, many more.
You should also think about the things you’re good at. Maybe it’s singing or playing an instrument. Maybe it’s writing or drawing. You can do them for fun, but if you’re really good, it can become your job. Then it will earn you the money for the things you want and need.
How? You have your goal. Now think about how to get there. What do you need? Practice, a teacher, opportunities to play? All of these things can be part of your plan, but there are lots of other ways to make your dreams come true.
Do you like to work with your hands, with real things? You can make a good living, AND you don’t need to go to college, but you still need to figure out how to get there.
Do you need training, to find someplace to practice your skills? One of the best things to do before you invest in training, is to try out/volunteer in places where you can test-drive your dream. Who wants to spend time and money on something you don’t like?!
Have you thought of working in medicine or in outer space? You’ll have to invest more time and money before you can get your first paycheck.
I’d definitely test-drive those jobs before investing either time or money in college. It’s expensive. To figure out your plan, what kinds of things do you need to know, to be able to do, or to study before you can get accepted into that college?
There are so many more hobbies and careers to get involved in. Take your time! Enjoy the journey. Try out the things you’re interested in. That way you’ll know whether you’re a good fit for them, or not. Feel free to use my goals and steps to get there. If they fail or succeed, please let me know! I love finding out when I’ve been helpful.
PS – Don’t be afraid of failing. If you don’t fit, it’s your brain’s way of saying this path isn’t right for you. Would you believe I’ve learned more from my failures than from my successes?! It’s true!
This post came from another email suggestion. Jack Robertson, who’s a content specialist with ireviews.com, asked if I’d share an online article about protecting seniors from online scams. I took one look at their first image and said YES. I’m summarizing . . . according to the FBI, seniors lose an estimated $3billion because they fall prey to these scams.
Their article highlighted ten. It told you how they worked, and how to spot them. Here’s their link: How To Keep Elderly Loved Ones Safe From Online Scams (ireviews.com)
I picked three to write about. They struck me as the most common, and the most dangerous. Looking at them, might help you navigate the others.
Part 1 – Three Scams and How to Spot Them:
#1 – Social Security – Everyone should watch out for this one. Bad guys can be so clever. The most common – to call or email seniors to ask for their Social Security numbers. Sometimes those scammers make you think you have to respond. That you’ll miss out on money you’re owed.
Remember, Social Security will never call or email you. They’ll never ask for personal information. The scammers will want you to use their phone numbers, emails or web sites. DON’T. Type www.ssa.gov, and you’ll go straight to the real Social Security site.
#2 – Prescription Drugs – I didn’t know seniors take 1/3 of the prescriptions in the US, and that’s a hefty price tag for someone on a fixed income. The bad guys know how to catch their attention – with cheap prices. Then they try to steal credit card numbers and insurance information.
Remember no matter your age, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If it’s misspelled or sounds fishy, skip on by. Don’t be tempted! Buy your prescriptions from a trusted pharmacy.
#3 – Free Vacations – Scammers will promise all-expense-paid trips to seniors, but they’re really looking for personal information/credit card numbers. Don’t give them out. If they push you to book a trip, hang up!
Remember, if it looks too good to be true, it probably is. Another tip – don’t use the links they send. Google the company yourself. It may not even exist. If it’s real, check out their reviews before you make a decision. That’s good advice, anytime/anyplace.
Part 2 – Fourteen Ways to Prevent Scams: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of protection. I know – I spent the last ten years helping my parents age, then pass away. Each one of these tips helped me, help them. I decided the best way to share them is by doing a picture walk through the list. To read more, click on this link: How To Keep Elderly Loved Ones Safe From Online Scams (ireviews.com)
1. Talk to them regularly about technology.
2. Help them understand their risks.
3. Install antivirus software for them.
4. Teach them how to handle links in messages.
5. Monitor their email accounts (with permission, of course).
6. Keep an eye on their social media accounts.
7. Teach them about browser alerts.
8. Be careful with your passwords.
9. Keep phone numbers private.
10. Research before buying anything.
11. Consult/help them with big purchases.
12. Explain how official correspondence works.
13. Check in on their finances.
14. Check in on them regularly.
10-16-202 I bought this book back in early September. I shop whenever I’m watching an OSU football game. It’s a superstition, but it makes me feel like I’m doing my part to help the Buckeyes win.
September 3rd was their opening game against Notre Dame. I probably started shopping early in the 1st quarter, when Notre Dame scored first. At half-time they led, by 3 points.
OSU came back in the second half, scoring 2 touchdowns. It worked! I shopped, bought this book, and Notre Dame stopped scoring. I didn’t buy anything else, but I kept screen-shopping, just in case.
I read the 1st chapter later in September, and I discovered this is an unusual book . . . Each chapter has a set of trivia questions, followed by multiple-choice answers, and the explanation for those answers.
Next Game Day Saturday, October 22nd, I’ll share how I did on chapter 1, and what I learned.
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Game Day Saturday, October 22nd - Chapter 1 - How I did, and what I learned.
Chapter 1: Origins & History Time: Welcome to University Hall! It was the first building to be built on campus in 1873, It was reconstructed in 1976, a year before I became a Buckeye. I started at the Lima Branch in 1977, and I went to the Main Campus in 1979.
I thought I bled scarlet and grey, but I guess, not as much as I thought . . . On the first quiz I got 5 right, out of 20. JUST FIVE! I couldn’t believe it, but, the questions were really hard. I picked three to share with you.
#2 Ohio State’s first football game was played in May. True or False?
True, and I got it right. It was a lucky guess! I looked up the reason behind the answer – the book didn’t explain why. The reason – They started trying to form a team in 1886, but it took until 1890. The very first OSU game was played on May 3, 1890 on the campus of Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio. There’s even a historical marker there to celebrate that very first game!
Source: Ohio State Buckeyes football - Wikipedia
#17 Michigan is the only team to beat Ohio State more than 20 times. True or False?
False. I got it right, but I misunderstood the question. I thought Michigan won LESS than 20 times. I was SO wrong! The teams met the first time October 16, 1897. The team up north (Michigan) won 34 to 0.
OSU and Michigan played 117 times so far. Michigan won 59 times. OSU 51, and there have been 7 ties. My favorite fact – OSU dominated this century. Michigan won in 2003, 2011, and last year, 2021. THREE TIMES! Woohoo! This year . . . yet to be played.
Source: Michigan–Ohio State football rivalry - Wikipedia
#18 What charm do Ohio State players receive for a win over Michigan?
A. Gold “W” B. Silver jersey C. Gold buckeye D. Gold pants
The answer – D! I missed it because C sounded better.
Here’s how the tradition started . . . from Michigan’s early domination, from 1897 to 1933. They won 22 times. OSU 6 times, and 2 ties.
In 1934 OSU hired Francis Schmidt as head coach. When the local media got a chance to ask about that team up north, Schmidt said, “They put their pants on one leg at a time, just like the rest of us.”
That’s when two Columbus businessmen formed the ‘Gold Pants Club.’ They created gold lapel pins, shaped like football pants. Each player and coach on that winning team gets a gold pin, engraved with their initials, game date, and the score.
The first year, 1934, Schmidt’s team won 34 – 0. OSU kept winning! They beat Michigan for the next four years. Talk about motivation! Here’s to gold pants in 2022!
Source: Michigan–Ohio State football rivalry - Wikipedia
Game Day Saturday, October 22nd - Chapter 2 - How I did, and what I learned.
Chapter 2: The Numbers Game: I knew I was going down when I realized they were jersey numbers. I never paid attention to those. I was shocked! I got 7 right out of 20, TWO more than last week, but it was only lucky guessing.
This chapter was all about name dropping, and I thought I knew a bunch. Just 14, HALF! Like Archie Griffin, the Bosa Brothers, and Eddie George. But there were 14 I didn’t know, at all, like Kirk Herbstreet, you know the football commentator. YIKES!
Here’s this week’s Pick 3 – Three questions with three great answers . . .
#6 Which number did the Bosa brothers wear while terrorizing opposing
backfields for Ohio State? 94 96 97 98
The answer – C! I picked B, a pure guess. Their dad John wore #97 when he played for the Miami Dolphins. Joey picked up his dad’s number from 2013 – 2015. Then Nick took over the family tradition from 2016 – 2018. For six years #97 led the way. It attacked and sacked quarterbacks across the Big Ten, and beyond.
#19 Ohio State’s school colors of scarlet and gray predate the football program. True False?
True. One right! I can’t imagine OSU without scarlet and gray. They’ve been Buckeye colors since 1878. A team of three students picked them out. They thought it was a “pleasing combination,” and no one else used them. That first game – May 3, 1890!
#20 What color are the buckeye decals given out to players during
the season for big plays and consistency? Black Green White Scarlet
The answer – B! I guessed C. I thought the decals were mostly white, with black outlines. No other colors, but I was wrong again, but maybe I’m remembering the old ones. Today they’re the size of a quarter, with GREEN leaves.
I also thought they were a part of OSU tradition. Not! They first appeared on helmets in 1968 because the athletic trainer suggested it. Why? Ernie Biggs never explained, but everyone agreed they were the perfect motivator for college football players. After all, who wouldn’t want a helmet loaded with stickers?!
I didn’t know OSU coaches used them differently. For example – Woody Hayes, the first to get the decals, handed them out for big plays, or for consistency on the field. Later Jim Tressel used them to award groups of players. Everyone got a Buckeye for a win. A pair, if it was a Big Ten win. His units on the field would get one for an explosive play. The defense got them for three-and-outs . . . That’s when the other team tried three times for a first down, failed to get it, so they had to give the ball back to the Buckeye offense.
PS – #10 is one of those special numbers. It wasn’t in the book, but it belonged to Troy Smith. He won the 2006 Heisman Trophy. In 2014 OSU changed procedures. It didn’t retire his number, but it enshrined his jersey at the stadium to honor Troy’s Heisman, and good old #10 is still in circulation. Someday, someone else will wear it.
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Information – Ohio State Buckeyes football - Wikipedia
– The Ultimate Ohio State Buckeyes Trivia Book: A Collection of Amazing Trivia Quizzes and Fun Facts for Die-Hard Buckeye Fans
Game Day Saturday, November 3 - Chapter 3 - How I did, and what I learned.
Chapter 3: Calling the Signals: I thought I might do a little better this time – today was all about quarterbacks. They’re the commanding officer on the offensive line. I did! I jumped into double digits . . . barely . . . 11 out of 20. Still failing, but it beats a 5 or a 7 😊
I recognize all of these quarterbacks from my days as a student, until now. Except for Les Horvath. He played QB for one year. It figures . . . in 1944. I wasn’t even born yet. I recognized 11 names in today’s quiz, but there were 9 I didn’t know. The big one I forgot – Joe Germaine – the QB from 1996-1998. Go figure!
Here’s my Pick 3 for this week – Three questions with three great answers . . .
#1. Cardale Jones easily holds the record for most wins without a loss
as an Ohio State starting quarterback, with how many victories? 9 11 13 14
The answer – B, 11 wins. I guessed 14, too high. I remember Cardale. He’s one of the most unusual quarterbacks in OSU history. He was the 3rd string QB who won the national championship. HOW?
Braxton Miller and J.T. Barrett were both injured. Cardale led the Buckeyes to the Big 10 Championship, the national semifinals, AND The National Championship! It was the first year for the REAL one, with three games between the top 4 teams. Alabama, who lost, said OSU didn’t belong in the semifinals. Guess who was wrong?!
Dr. Pepper even made a commercial based on the 3rd string quarterback who won the national championship. It was an incredible year for OSU, and Cardale!
#22. Which of these quarterbacks did NOT win 30 games as the Buckeyes’ starter?
A. J.T. Barrett B. Cornelius Greene C. Braxton Miller D. Bobby Hoying
The answer – C, Braxton Miller. I got it right – I guessed! I thought the others hit 30 games. I was SO glad it wasn’t Cornelius Greene. He’s one of the first quarterbacks I remember. I’d never heard his story, until today. Maybe I was too young, too protected to hear about it.
I didn’t realize he was OSU’s first black starting quarterback, and that a lot of people in 1973 didn’t like it. Cornelius got 50 letters a week from the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) and other similar groups. People even called his dorm room with death threats. It all stopped when Cornelius led the Buckeyes to a 56-7 win in the first game of the season, against Minnesota. Cornelius finished his OSU career with 2000 passing and rushing yards. He won the Chicago Tribune Silver Football as the Big 10 MVP (most valuable player).
BTW – he didn’t have a chance at the Heisman. His roommate, Archie Griffin won it, in 1974 and 75. He’s still the only college player to win it, TWICE. Bam! He was a Buckeye! And so was Cornelius!
#9. Dwayne Haskins is responsible for all but one of the 400-yard passing performances
in Ohio State history. Who is responsible for the other one?
A. Troy Smith B. J.T. Barrett C. Art Schlichter D. Cardale Jones
The answer – C, Art Schlichter. I got it right – It was a good guess, but Art was a very talented player, with a back story that’s better than I thought.
George Chaump was the first Buckeye coach to spot Art in high school. He showed Woody Hayes a couple reels of film, then got him to go to a game. Woody was sold, but Art was ready to sign up with Michigan. OOPS! I mean that team up North. But Woody got Art. HOW?
Woody promised that he’d start as a freshman, and that the Buckeyes would open up the offense for him. That they’d even let him pass the ball. Timing is everything! Woody made that promise the day before Bo Schembechler was scheduled for a visit. When Art’s dad told him about the promise, Bo stormed out shouting that Woody would never keep it.
He did. Art started as a freshman, and I was a sophomore. I couldn’t believe Woody actually started a freshman. OSU is so deep in talent. How could a freshman become the starting QB? I don’t think anyone has started another one since, until last year, with C.J. Stroud in 2021.
BTW – I’d never heard of Kirk Herbstreit. Here’s his story . . . Kirk only started one year as QB, in 1992. It was nothing to write home about so he decided to take a corporate sales job with a nice salary, and matching perks. Then a Columbus radio station offered him much, much less, with no benefits. The job – to do an afternoon talk show and sideline gameday reports for the Buckeyes.
Kirk took it! Two years later ESPN2 hired him to make sideline reports. The rest – is history. In 1996 he made it all the way to College Gameday. Not bad! And it beats a sales job!
Game Day Saturday, November12 - Chapter 4 - How I did, and what I learned.
Chapter 4: Between the Tackles: I got 11 right last week, but I slipped back to 5 again. It figures . . . this week was about running backs, records and awards. I never paid attention to those things. I watched the plays, the touchdowns, and wins. The important things!
When I was looking for running backs, I found this screenshot. I recognized everyone, except Jim Otis. He started in 1967 – when I was 8. I recognized 9 players on the quiz, but I was clueless with 13.
Here’s my Pick 3 for this week – Three questions, and three great answers . . .
#5. Eddie George and Ezekiel Elliott are tied in the record books with
the most 200-yard games for the Buckeyes, with how many? 5 4 3 2
The answer – A . . . 5 games. I guessed 4, too low. Both Eddie and Ezekiel had five games with over 200 yards, but no one dreamed Eddie could do that when he arrived. He was a BIG guy!
OSU was the only school that gave Eddie a chance to run. The others thought he should be a linebacker. Everything looked good until the first game with Illinois. That’s when he fumbled, TWICE, on the 5-yard line. Fans were furious! They said he should transfer! That Eddie wasn’t running back material.
Eddie persevered. Three years later he set a record against Illinois. He ended the season with 1927 yards rushing (a school record). He missed the single-season touchdown record by one. He also brought home every award a running back could win, including the Heisman Trophy. Way to go, Eddie George!
#13. What was Les Horvath’s career high for rushing yards in a game, set during
his Heisman-winning 1944 season? 114 yards 128 yards 141 yards 157 yards
And the answer – C . . . 141 yards. I guessed too high – 157. Close doesn’t count in trivia.
The funny thing about that 1944 season . . . Les wasn’t supposed to play. He retired from football in 1942 after winning the national title. He started dental school in 1943. But in 1944 the coach asked Les to come back for one last season. Why? There weren’t enough players. They were off fighting in World War II.
The NCAA made players like Les eligible to play. And coach promised Les could skip practice AND fly to games, so he didn’t miss out on his dental work. Thanks to the war and the NCAA, Les rushed for 924 yards and scored 12 touchdowns. He was also OSU’s first Heisman winner, thanks to one last, unexpected season.
17. Which of these Ohio State running backs was NOT a three-time first-team All-American?
A. Lew Hinchman B. Howard Cassidy C. Chic Harley D. Archie Griffin
And the answer – B . . . Howard Cassidy. I guessed wrong. I was torn between Lew Hinchman and Chic Harley because I didn’t know them. I picked Lew, wrong. He was a first team All-American from 1930-1932, but he’s not well known. Everyone knows Archie Griffin. He’s the only player to win the Heisman twice, in college football history.
Meet Chic Harley, the first OSU superstar. He played during the 1916 and 17 seasons, but skipped out in 1918. He enlisted as a soldier in World War 1. It ended so Chic came back in 1919 and won first team All-American again, for the third time.
I didn’t know Chic was so popular that he put OSU football on the map. He was also the driving force behind building the Shoe. It used to be called the ‘House that Harley Built,’ but the important thing . . . it’s where the Buckeyes play!
Last, but not least, meet Howard Cassidy. He played for the Buckeyes from 1952-1955. He played defense and offense. He was voted first team All-American in 1954 and 1955. He won the Heisman in 1955, but Howard is better known as ‘Hopalong.’
He got the nickname in his first game, freshman year. The sportswriters said, “He hopped all over the field like the performing cowboy” from the movies. His name – Hopalong Cassidy. It stuck. I was born 4 years after Howard left OSU behind, but I’ve heard of Hopalong.
Sources: The Ultimate Ohio State Buckeyes Trivia Book
- QB/HB Lew Hinchman (3-time All-American) | BuckeyePlanet
- Ohio Stadium - Wikipedia
- Howard Cassady - Wikipedia
Game Day Saturday, November 12 - Chapter 5 - How I did, and what I learned.
Chapter 5: Catching the Ball: I caught 5 answers, the same as last week. It figures – I’ve never been good at catching anything. And the answers I did manage to catch – the true and false kind. YIKES!
As for name recognition, I knew 7 . . . but not the other 14. AND worst of all, none of the book’s answers resonated with me.
So for this week’s Pick 3 – Three True & False Questions – And my research into their answers.
#2. Only five Ohio State receivers have gone over 1,000
receiving yards in a season. A. True B. False
The answer – A . . . True. I said false. I was sure there had to be more than 5. So here are the FIVE best receivers in OSU history . . .
In 1998 David Boston made 85 catches for 1435 yards.
In 1995 Terry Glenn only made 64 catches. He gained 1411 yards.
In 1986 Cris Carter caught 69 passes for 1127 yards.
In 2002 Michael Jenkins caught 61 passes for 1076 yards
And finally in 2018 Parris Campbell joined the group with 82 catches for 1006 yards.
Source: Parris Campbell Becomes Fifth Ohio State Receiver With 1,000 Yards Receiving in a Single Season | Eleven Warriors
#13. No Ohio State receiver has ever won the Biletnikoff Award for the
best wide receiver in the country. A. True B. False
And the answer – B . . . False. I knew it! At least one Buckeye had to win. REALLY!
But it turns out only ONE Buckeye did, Terry Glenn. He won in 1995, the 2nd year the award was given out, and he’s THE only finalist from OSU, ever. You have to be one of the top-three vote-getters to be a finalist. No one else broke through – not David Boston. Not Michael Jenkins. Not even Parris Campbell. It’s hard to believe with all the talented wide receivers that no other Buckeye ever got a nod. Unbelievable!
Source: After Ohio State football’s Biletnikoff Award snub, can Jaxon Smith-Njigba break the drought in 2022? - cleveland.com
#19. Ohio State has NOT had a receiver with 200 receiving yards
in a game in the twenty-first century. A. True B. False
And the answer – B . . . False. It had to be false. Surely SOME Buckeye had to have over 200 yards receiving in a game, since the year 2000. Surely!
In OSU history there have only been four 200-yard receiving games, ever. SOME Buckeye did, since the year 2000 – and it was Jaxon Smith Njigba – twice, last year.
That means OSU is up to six games with 200 receiving yards, but I couldn’t find the other receivers. I looked for almost an hour, sorry. My guess is that Terry Glenn had one of those games, maybe two, but I have no idea on the others. Maybe a super-fan will comment and share those answers with all of us.
Source: Jaxon Smith-Njigba Breaks Rose Bowl Receiving Record as OSU Tops Utah in Thriller | News, Scores, Highlights, Stats, and Rumors | Bleacher Report
Game Day Saturday, November 26 - Chapter 6 - How I did, and what I learned.
Chapter 6: Trench Warfare: I pictured the trenches of World War I when I read the title, but these are on the football field. The kind that the offensive and defensive linemen fight over. Today was the first game the OSU linemen failed, especially in the 2nd half, and it was against that Team Up North, but Coach Day and his assistants will analyze and tighten those lines. Come Bowl time, they’ll be ready. I have a feeling, Michigan won’t. They won, and they feel confident. They’re in for a brawl in the National Championships, and I’m not sure that they can handle it.
I thought lineman. Then uh-oh, but I got the same score as I did last week . . . not worse! I got 5 answers right again – 3 weeks in a row. I didn’t do as well on True/False, but I actually got some multiple-choice answers right. Sometimes good guesses pay off.
As for name recognition, I knew 12 linemen, more than last week, but there were way more names I didn’t know . . . 26. Ouch!
Here are this week’s Pick 3, but think of them as a Pick 5. The first three questions are all about the same person, and I got 2 right. Woohoo!
1. Which national award for linemen did Orlando Pace win twice during his Ohio State career?
A. Rimington Trophy B. Outland Trophy C. Lombardi Award D. Maxwell Award
The answer – C . . . Lombardi Award. And I got it right, a good guess! Lombardi was the only name I knew. Vince Lombardi was the legendary coach of the Green Bay Packers.
2. In what place did Orlando Pace finish in the 1996 Heisman Trophy voting?
A. 3rd B. 4th C. 5th D. 6th
And the answer – B . . . 4th. I guessed 3rd. Close, but close counts in horseshoes, not in trivia.
3. Orlando Pace was the only offensive lineman to win the Chicago Tribune
Silver Football as Big Ten MVP from 1961 to 2020. A. True B. False
And the answer – A . . . True. I guessed right. I must have misread the question because how could there only be ONE offensive lineman to win in 40 years of OSU football history? That seems SO wrong!
So what made Orlando Pace so memorable? The pancake block! I’d never heard of it. It was invented just for Orlando to keep track of all the times he left a defender flat on his back, like a pancake. OSU even sent out pancake magnets to promote him in 1996. He didn’t win the Heisman, but he cleaned up on the lineman-appropriate awards, like the Outland Trophy, the Chicago Tribune Silver Football, and the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year. I do love a good pancake! I wish OSU had flattened a few more today. Maybe next year!
11. Who is the only Ohio State player to win the Bednarik Award as the nation’s best
defensive player? A. Joey Bosa B. Chase Young C. A.J. Hawk D. James Laurinaitis
And the answer – B . . . Chase Young. I knew all of them. They were all great players, but I guessed Chase because he was so dominant when he was a Buckeye. I think he was the most feared defensive lineman in college football, especially by the quarterback and his protectors. Chase – was a TERROR!
The trivia book didn’t have a story about Chase, but they had one about A.J. Hawk. I knew he was a dominant player, but I didn’t know his teammates were upset because he didn’t get any respect on the 2005 award circuit. His teammate Bobby Carpenter told ESPN, “I’m not too sure how you can be Big 10 [Defensive] Player of the Year, a unanimous first-team All-American, and not win the Butkus, Lott, or Bednarik.” Maybe A.J. had other things on his mind, like a wedding. He was engaged to the sister of the Notre Dame quarterback that last season.
BTW – they married and have four children. Congratulations, AJ!
Source: All about AJ Hawk's wife Laura Hawk - TheNetline
13. Who holds the Ohio State record for most career sacks?
A. Joey Bosa B. Will Smith C. Chase Young D. Mike Vrabel
And the answer – D . . . Mike Vrabel. Wrong again! I picked Chase Young. He was the easy answer, even if it was wrong.
I’d forgotten how good Mike was. I had three children under 8 when he was playing. Mike was a first-team All-American in 1995 and 1996. He set the single-season record for sacks and tackles (that lost the other team yardage) in both 1994 and 1995.
Being good on the field doesn’t always transfer off of it. Mike was coaching linebackers the year Luke Fickell was head coach. He wanted to stay and work for Urban Meyer. He failed miserably at his interview, but Urban knew talent. He called Mike that night and offered him another one, a redo interview. Mike took it, and the rest is history. He took the job as an assistant coach with Urban and didn’t leave until 2018. That’s when he went to the NFL to become the head coach of the Tennessee Titans. Mike is good . . . he’s still there!
Source: who is the coacch of the TN Titans - Search (bing.com)
Game Day Saturday, December 31st - Chapter 7 - How I did, and what I learned.
Chapter 7: No Air Zone: I had no idea who this chapter was about. I had to finish the questions and answers first. No Air Zone – those are the players who break up passes or make interceptions – the defensive backs. When I found the picture below, I wasn’t sure who was trying to catch the ball, and who was trying to intercept or break it up.
I figured I’d do worse this time . . . no one remembers the defense, but I lucked out with a few good guesses. Eight, WOOHOO!
I did about the same on name recognition. I knew 10 but failed on the other 16.
Here are this week’s Pick 3. Sorry, they turned into a Pick 8. The first 3 questions are about one defensive back, and the other 5 are about another.
8. Which Ohio State defensive back is one of the namesakes for the
Big Ten’s award for the best defensive back of the season?
A. Shawn Springs B. Mike Doss 3. Dick LeBeau 4. Jack Tatum
And the answer . . . Jack Tatum. I got it right! YAY! Good guess! I knew it wasn’t Shawn Springs. He came to OSU much later.
11. Who was Ohio State’s first first-team All-American as a defensive back?
A. Jack Tatum B. Ted Provost C. Arnie Chonko D. Mike Sensibaugh
I missed it! I guessed Jack, but it was Arnie. I would have NEVER guessed him . . . I didn’t know his name.
13. In which season was Jack Tatum named the national defensive player
of the year and unanimous All-American? A. 1971 B. 1970 C. 1969 D. 1968
Yay! I got it right! I picked the middle answer, 1970.
And Jack Tatum . . . he came to Columbus as a running back, at least that’s what Woody Hayes had planned. Then Lou Holtz took a peek. He talked Woody into turning Jack into a defensive back. Jack was fearsome. Lou put him in to challenge the other team’s top receiver. To do linebacker duty too. It worked!
Jack was first team All-Big Ten for 3 straight years. Then an All-American in 1969 and 1970. He was the national defensive player in 1970. In fact the Big Ten’s defensive back of the year award is named after Jack. What a pity – he has to share it with Charles Woodson, from that Team Up North. Blech!
Now that other player . . . and his 5 questions . . . He was that good!
2. Who holds the Ohio State record for most interceptions in a career?
A. Shawn Springs B. Bradley Roby C. Mike Sensibaugh D. Craig Cassady
I missed it! I guessed Shawn Springs, but it was Mike Sensibaugh. Shucks!
5. Who sits atop the Ohio State record book for career pass breakups?
A. Bradley Roby B. Ahmed Plummer C. Antoine Winfield D. Shawn Springs
Another miss! All because Shawn was the only one I knew. The answer – Bradley Roby!
7. Who was Ohio State’s second winner of the Jim Thorpe Award?
A. Antoine Winfield B. Shawn Springs C. Mike Doss D. Malcolm Jenkins
Again?! At least I guessed someone new, Mike Doss. The answer, Malcolm Jenkins.
8. Which Ohio State defensive back is one of the namesakes for the
Big Ten’s award for the best defensive back of the season?
I already put in this question/answer – Jack Tatum, but I repeated it because Shawn was one of the choices. Wow! He’s in 5 questions/answers.
10. Shawn Springs was the first defensive back to be named the Big Ten
Defensive Player of the Year. A. True B. False
The only one I got right! I picked False because I figured someone else had already made Big 10 Defensive Player of the Year. Now I know who – Jack Tatum!
Shawn was born to be a Buckeye. His dad – Ron Springs, was once a running back, but Shawn almost went the wrong way. He was scheduled for a visit to that Team Up North, but he cancelled. He signed with the Buckeyes a few days later. He made a HUGE impact during his 3 years on the team, especially in 1996. That’s when he was a consensus All-American, even though he never had an interception, and he only made 39 tackles. Why? How? He broke up 15 passes – they never happened. The result – he gave the Buckeyes an edge!
The End of the Season: December 31st was the last game for my Buckeyes. They lost in the run-up to the National Championships. They played #1 Georgia, and I dreaded this evening after the Michigan game, but they showed up, BIG TIME! They led twice during the game, and if they’d scored a field goal in those last 8 seconds, they would have won. AND, they deserved it! WOW! What a game, for Georgia, and for my Buckeyes!
I’ll see you next year for the last five chapters of OSU Football Trivia. BAM! Here’s to those Buckeyes!
Part 1 – Plants for Decoration: When I came up with this title, I didn’t think of the plants pictured below. I thought of the kind you plant . . . then eat. But now . . . that’s part 2.
We buy special plants to decorate our homes at Christmas. Do you recognize any of these? The first two are flowers. The last two can either be bushes or trees.
First up is the Christmas Rose – I only recognize it from the Christmas Eve hymn. Its English title – “Lo, how a rose e’er blooming. I didn’t know it was composed in Germany. To learn more about this old hymn, click here: Es ist ein Ros entsprungen - Wikipedia. Don’t worry! The link is written in English.
The second flower is the one I think of when I think Christmas – the Poinsettia. They’re also called the Christmas Star. A lot of people buy them in November and December. I never do – I hate to kill plants! If someone gives me one, they only last a month or two, and then they die. Poor plant! I think it’s kinder for me NOT to buy one.
The third plant, Holly. I didn’t know there were 18 different kinds. I can’t decide what I like better – the waxy leaves, or the red berries. They look great in your yard, and they grow year-round without needing a lot of care. But whatever you do, don’t eat the berries – they’re poisonous! If you love the way they look, use them for decoration, or save them for your local birds . . . They’re safe for them to eat, and they love the taste.
The last one is everyone’s favorite – the Christmas tree. Some people buy artificial ones. Others go out to the woods to chop theirs down. Still others go to the store and buy one to decorate in December. If you’re into the environment, you could even buy one for Christmas, and then plant it in your yard. If you did it every year, you’d wind up with your own small forest of evergreens.
Part 2 – Plants That Grow in Pots: Like vegetables! That’s what I was thinking of when I decided to put up this post in December. Fresh vegetables are great to have anytime, but especially in the winter when nothing grows up north. But inside in a pot, plants can grow and thrive.
Back in August I got an email from Jen Stark, from Happy DIY Home.com. She had a link she hoped I’d share. Her turn came up this month, and it struck me that gifting someone with plants for Christmas, might make the perfect gift. If you have kids, growing vegetables is a great way to grow responsibility too, and your kids get to eat their profits.
The title of Jen’s post – 16 EASY VEGETABLES TO GROW IN POTS. They include – beans, beets, carrots, chard, chili pepper, cucumbers, kale, lettuce, peas, peppers, potatoes, pumpkins, radishes, spinach, tomatoes, zucchinis. That’s a lot of growing you can do when it’s freezing outside.
Jen’s Link: https://happydiyhome.com/easy-vegetables-to-grow-in-pots/
I must warn you – some vegetables are easier to grow than others. Lettuces and greens are easy-peasy. So are peppers. If you go to Jen’s link, it will tell you what size pot you need for each plant, and what kind of light they need based on your location. Some vegetables are climbers. They’ll need something to climb, like a trellis. The one I would never do inside – pumpkins. A friend tried a few pumpkin seeds, and they took over her whole backyard. I’d hate to put one in a pot.
Part 3 – Easy Plants to Grow During the Winter: The easiest ones – lettuces, greens, and herbs. After I read Jen Stark’s link from yesterday, I wanted to make sure I had the best ones for you . . . so I checked with Google. The link: can you grow vegetables inside during winter - Search (bing.com)
That’s where I found Dian Farmer. She did a post about best practices if you want to grow plants inside during the winter. She also had veggie suggestions. I posted basic information. Click Dian’s link for more specific instructions. Link: 7 Vegetables You Can Grow Indoors In Winter – Dian Farmer Learning To Grow Our Own Food
1. Use good potting soil. It should be a mix of peat moss, vermiculite, and perlite.
2. Pick pots that let the water drain out. Make sure the container fits your plant. Some veggies only need a few inches, but others need a foot of space to grow properly.
3. Place your containers in windows that face south. They get the most sunlight during the winter. If yours face a different direction, add lighting. Check out Dian’s site. It has a link to Amazon that will help you buy the right light.
4. Avoid drafty windows. They’re too cold. Don’t put your plants too close to heaters. That will dry them out.
5. Pick the right plants to grow inside in the winter. It makes a difference!
Dian’s Top Seven Suggestions: Garlic greens or chives, lettuce, kale, arugula, beans, peppers, and culinary herbs like rosemary, thyme, oregano, cilantro, lemon balm, and basil. If you feel more adventurous, you might consider alpine strawberries, brussels sprouts, Bok choy, Asian greens, broad beans, lamb’s lettuce, winter cabbages, or collard greens.
I found another helpful link. It had some of the same information, plus a few tips that were different. It also comes with links to the stuff you need to make your garden grow.
Link: Learn How Easy It Is To Grow Vegetables Indoors In The Winter (theedibleterrace.com)
My favorite part – his conclusions . . .
1. Start small, with lettuces, the come and cut kind. They’re easy, and they can help you learn as you grow.
2. Check with local plant nurseries. Sometimes they have classes or experts who can guide you into gardening.
3. Gardening can be tricky. Be diligent, patient, and determined, and you’ll grow as a gardener too.
Good luck, and happy gardening!
Have you heard of the song, Be True to Your School? Or the Beach Boys? No? You can click on this link, keep reading, or do both. I suggest both 😊 Link: be true to your school - Search (bing.com
Be True to Your School is a song by the Beach Boys, and it came out in October of 1963. I was 4, but I still remember it. The Beach Boys were popular in the 60’s and later in the 70’s when I was in high school. They were known for their ‘California sound.’ It was all about surfing, cars, and girls. You know, teenage stuff. In the 60’s California was the place to be. My parents considered moving, but didn’t.
This song started playing in my head after the OSU/Michigan game. My team, The Ohio State University, lost, and the internet articles were awful. Everyone loves the thrill of victory, but no one wants anything to do with the agony of defeat. It’s not fun, but it’s important to know how to win, and how to lose. Maybe that’s why this song started circling through my head.
So where did it come from? From Brian Wilson and Mike Love, two of the original Beach Boys. I knew that, but I didn’t know the melody was the University of Wisconsin’s fight song, ‘On Wisconsin.’ But the Wilson brothers, Brian, Carl, and Dennis weren’t channeling Wisconsin. They were using their high school fight song. Hawthorne High School in California uses the same melody, different words. As for the Beach Boys, their lyrics were all about staying true to your school, to your girl, the important things in life. I love positive messages, the kind that make you want to be a better you. Loyalty is a good thing.
BTW – the cover photo (below) is for their single, not the album. If you’re younger than me, songs back then were played on record players. They were vinyl disks, 7 inches in diameter. The ‘A’ side had Be True to Your School, the hit side. On the ‘B’side was In My Room. It was actually a hit, but not as big.
Tomorrow – my thoughts about staying true to my school, to its coaches and players. Win or lose, I believe in loyalty.
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Search link: be true to your school - Search (bing.com)
Be True to Your School - Wikipedia
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Part 2 – The School: I’ve been true to my school since the 70’s. I’m a Buckeye first, last, and always. Win or lose, I’m a Buckeye. They’re words, but I’m a writer, and words are important to me.
I’m also loyal. If The Ohio State University is playing football, then I’m cheering them on. If we’re into Bowl Season, then I’m all about the Big 10. I’ll root for them, for their coach, and their players. Shucks, I’ll even root for Michigan, but only if it’s a Bowl Game.
There are 3 seasons at OSU – the first11 games, then Michigan, and last, a Bowl. Win at least 2 of them, and you’ll keep your job.
Here are the last two OSU coaches, Ryan Day and Urban Meyer. After OSU lost The Big Game on Saturday, people wanted Ryan fired, and Urban to be rehired. My guess – probably the same ones. The history of the two coaches is linked,
Here’s how . . . In 2018 when people were calling for Urban to be fired, he was placed on administrative leave for three games while the university investigated him. Urban was cleared, and he returned to finish the season. But those people, they were still calling for him to be fired. Not me. I’m loyal.
The coach during those 3 games – Ryan Day. He won all 3. I backed him then, and I backed Urban’s return. Some people didn’t, and they got their way. Urban retired after the 2019 Rose Bowl. I was glad because I thought Urban stepped away for health reasons. He looked like he was in pain during most of the season.
The next head coach – Ryan Day. I was glad to see him back. I thought he deserved the job. And his record since then . . . In 2019 Ryan had a 12 – 0 regular season, the first one since 2013. His team won the Big 10 Championship. They made it to the National Playoff but lost to Clemson. Coach Day was named the Dave McClain Coach of the Year, AND he beat Michigan.
2020 was a weird year. That’s when Covid almost stopped college football. The Buckeyes played 4 games and won them all. The 5th game, Coach Day missed . . . he had Covid . . . but his team still won. As for Michigan, they refused to play, they said because of Covid. We Buckeyes didn’t buy it. We thought Michigan choked and wanted to stop us from making the National Championships. But the Big 10 council said let OSU play. We won the Big 10, then beat Clemson in the National Playoffs. It was so satisfying after losing in 2019, but the year ended with a loss to Alabama. Disappointing, but being the #2 football team in the nation – not so bad!
2021 was interesting . . . Coach Day started freshman CJ Stroud at quarterback. I couldn’t believe it! I haven’t seen a freshman in that position since Art Schlichter when I was in college. I also couldn’t believe how Coach Day helped him grow. The Buckeyes lost 2 games that season, early in the year against Oregon, and that final awful game. I knew eventually Michigan had to win, but it was glorious, from 2011- 2020. And the good news – we beat Utah in the Rose Bowl. Michigan – lost BIG time in the National Championships to Georgia.
This year, 2022 was great, until Saturday. That’s the day Coach Day lost to Michigan, again, 2 years in a row. I didn’t know he bragged that he’d “hang 100 on them” in 2021 . It wasn’t wise, and it fired up those Wolverines, 2 years in a row. But looking at his record, even with 2 losses to Michigan, I’d keep Coach Day. Look at all those great regular seasons, plus 2 Bowl wins.
Ryan Day: By CFB ON FOX - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kelObbmNiQ, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=113990115
Urban Meyer: By CFB ON FOX - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kelObbmNiQ, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=113990179
Information Sources: Ryan Day (American football) - Wikipedia
Part 3 – The Team: I’ve been true to my school and its team since the 70’s. No player wins in isolation, or loses that way either. Great plays, and mistakes are part of the game. I believe in that old adage – it’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game.
As for CJ Stroud, he took a lot of shots over the weekend for losing The Big Game, two years in a row. I didn’t blame CJ last year. He was a freshman and still learning. The only other freshman to win the starting quarterback position was Art Schlichter. It was unimaginable to start a freshman then, unless they’re super-talented. It still is.
CJ has grown a ton over the last 2 years, thanks to Coach Day and his staff. He is so good that this is probably his last season at OSU. He’s planning on going into the NFL draft.
The quote in the screenshot from CJ is, “I just have to eat it.” It’s about losing twice to Michigan, about never winning a Big 10 Championship. It makes me sad. It makes me wish he’d stay for one more year, for one more chance to beat Michigan, and to win that Big 10 Championship, but money talks. So does your body. It can be injured anytime during a season. I understand, and I wish CJ well, wherever he plays next year.
As for that team up north, I’d take Coach Day any day. Looking at Jim Harbaugh, he’s played OSU 7 times since he became coach. He’s won 2, lost 5, and choked in 2020 when he refused to play. Jim did go on to win the Big 10 Championship in 2021, but he lost to Georgia in the National Playoff. Last year, Coach Day won his Bowl Game.
As for this year’s Bowl Season, I predict Michigan will go down in the National Championships. I think Georgia will reign supreme. As for Jim Harbaugh, I think he’ll head back to the NFL as soon as he can get himself out of Michigan. He almost made it last January, in 2021.
And finally for my Buckeyes, I think Coach Day will review the tapes and work on plugging the holes. I predict another Bowl win for the New Year. My prescription for the future – find someone like Mike Vrabel to coach the linemen, offense and defense. Mike left in 2018 to go to the Tennessee Titans, and he left a hole that needs to be filled.
There are 3 seasons at OSU – the regular season, the Michigan game, and the Bowl games. Coach Day needs to get a Bowl win this year. Then next year he must take out Michigan and do it in the Big House, their stadium. I believe in Coach Day, and in his team, but win or lose, I’m still a Buckeye. And I’ll be true to my school, its coach, and its team.
Information Source: C. J. Stroud - Wikipedia
Tonight I’m welcoming Guest Blogger, Justin Bennett. He’s an author and blogger. He loves to collect resources from all over the web to share with his audience.
Part of being healthy is having fun. There’s nothing better than a good vacation, and the two biggest travel holidays are coming up – Thanksgiving and Christmas.
You don’t want your next trip to be a series of “Can we really afford this?” moments. Author and speaker Justin Bennett presents some tips, on how to plan a vacation without overspending.
Vacations are expensive. Kids are expensive. So, it’s hard to imagine vacationing with kids being anything other than a drain on your pocketbook. And at the end of the day, can you really relax on vacation knowing you’re putting your budget at risk?
Part 1 – Save on Travel and Supplies
Vacations don’t have to be wildly expensive. There are plenty of ways you can reduce how much you spend when you travel. For example, it might cost less to drive to your destination, or, as The Points Guy notes, a budget airline might be the better call. You can also invite another family along to split costs or travel during your destination’s off-season when you’re more likely to get favorable rates.
Search for deals on supplies for the road like luggage, changing bags, toys, and basics like diapers and snacks. Whether you’re driving or flying to your destination, also be sure you have a car charger or a portable power bank — you’ll likely rely on your phone to help you get around on your trip, so it’s important to make sure it’s always powered up.
Get the Kids Involved
Unexpected activities and excursions can be a major financial drain on your finances, but an easy way to avoid them is to get your kids involved in the vacation planning stage. If they’re very little, they might be limited in what they can help with, but even a toddler will enjoy giving their opinion between two options (though their opinion may change with the wind). If your child is preschool or elementary school-aged, print a list of activities at your destination and have them pick two or three they’re interested in. Not only will this give them a chance to take ownership of part of the planning process, but it will also be a fun bonding activity for the whole family.
Part 3 – Start Planning Early
On top of the tips listed above, the simplest way to ensure you’re not worried about money on a trip is to plan ahead and make sure you can afford the trip to begin with. Start by making sure work is prepared for your absence. If you’re going to spend time worrying about clients, your business, or coworkers, it’s going to be much tougher to truly enjoy your vacation.
Money Helper suggests setting aside a savings category in your budget just for vacations, and putting a sum of money into savings each paycheck. Do the math to see how much you’ll have set aside by the time a good vacation opportunity arrives, and then plan a vacation around that budget. Always plan to spend less than you have — eating into a buffer is better than spending each day worried about strict spending limits.
If you’re jonesing for that last-minute, follow-your-heart kind of vacation, there are ways to make it financially responsible. Just plan so that by the time you take it, you’ve set aside twice the money you’d expect for the trip. You probably won’t use it all — and you shouldn’t plan to — but you’ll know you have it in the event that your spontaneous plans go south. You can put whatever you have left over toward your retirement, emergency fund, or next vacation.
Part 4 – Look for Deals on Entertainment and Trips to Disney
To stretch your dollars further, look for ways to save money on entertainment. For example, if you’re set on seeing a ball game, find tickets through a ticket deal site. Or if you want to take in a few different activities like mini golf, laser tag or a water park, look to sites like Groupon, and see what sort of local deals they offer for your destination. Remember too that the earlier you work out your entertainment plan, the more you can save.
You can also find deals for fun destinations like Disney, a trip of a lifetime for kids the world over. Use MouseLifeToday.com – a free resource for Disney enthusiasts and consumers – to find great money-saving deals and learn how to use their member reward points for ongoing bargains.
When everyone is involved in planning a budget-friendly vacation, you’re a lot more likely to be able to enjoy the trip without worrying about your bank account. Search out great deals and start early so you know you’ve done the work to make your trip as affordable as it is exciting!
Justin Bennett is an author and the creator of Healthy Fit, which collects valuable fitness resources from across the web. Contact him at: firstname.lastname@example.org
I want to welcome tonight’s guest blogger, Janet Campbell. She emailed and asked if I’d be interested in an idea for parents who want to work at home. I said, “Yes, please!” And this is what she wrote . . .
If you are a stay-at-home parent looking to contribute to the household income, then it is a good idea to start a business out of your house. These days, more people are working from home than ever before and there are many great business ideas that you can turn into a full or part-time job. Rinda Beach shares these tips for businesses you can start, and how to get your idea off of the ground.
Part 1 – Business Ideas: The evolution of technology has made it so that just about any modern office job can now be done from the comfort of your home, so you have many options when it comes to creating your new business. When you are considering potential ideas, think about what you are good at or what you enjoy doing and the odds are that you can make a career out of it.
So, if you love writing and corresponding with others then you could be a professional freelance writer. If you are good at playing a particular instrument, then you could start a business where you tutor others online. If you still need help coming up with an idea then there are many other at-home jobs that you could consider, including:
* Professional dog-walker * Consultant
* Massage therapist * Virtual assistant * Personal Trainer
Part 2 – Building Your Business: Once you know the type of business that you want to start, it is time to start building your company from the ground up. One of the most important steps will be choosing a business structure.
You could start a sole proprietorship, an LLC, or a corporation. Determining factors may be what the future may hold. If you want to limit your liability and gain tax benefits and flexibility, then an LLC is the way to go.
Since you will likely be doing much of your correspondence and business dealings online, you will also want to have the proper protections in place to prevent cybercrime. In addition to antivirus software, backup servers, and a strong firewall, you will also need to create a recovery plan. Essentially, this is a strategy that you can fall back on should you be hacked or targeted by cybercriminals, and it will dictate the steps that you should take after a breach, including which programs you will need to recover first, how you will do so, and how you plan to notify your customers of the intrusion.
Part 3 - Getting Paid on Time With Invoicing Software: If you're running a small business, there's a good chance you're doing a lot of your billing and invoicing manually. Perhaps you're using Excel spreadsheets or Word documents to track what your customers owe you. Or maybe you're still using paper invoices that you mail out (or hand deliver) each month. There's nothing wrong with any of these methods per se, but they are all somewhat ineffective and inefficient.
This is where invoicing software can come in handy, which offers a number of benefits for small businesses. Perhaps most importantly, it can save you a lot of time. With automated invoicing, you can set up recurring payments so that customers are billed automatically on the same day each month. This means you don't have to spend time creating and sending invoices each month - the software will do it for you.
Part 4: Designing a Logo: A logo is more than just a pretty image - it's an essential part of your business brand. Your logo is one of the first things that potential customers will see, so it's important to make sure that it makes a good impression. A well-designed logo will convey professionalism and instill confidence in your business. It can also help to build customer loyalty, as people are more likely to remember a business with a recognizable logo. The easiest way to create a logo is by using an online logo maker. This tool offers a large variety of logo templates to choose from which can be customized with your choice of icons, design elements, and images.
Part 5: Finding Customers: Once you are all set up, the next step is to find your customers. As a first step, you should create a website that explains what your business does, how you do it, and how you can be contacted. As you start getting customers, it is a good idea to ask them for reviews and then put those comments on your website so other customers can see that you have a high-quality company.
With your website completed, you now need to find a way to market your services. Many people choose to go on social media to talk about their business. Consider trying social tools such as Facebook and Google Ads. For a small fee, you can use these products to elevate your marketing strategy so that potential customers will see your business first before your competitors. Finally, when you do land customers, ask them to refer their friends, and before you know it, you could have a substantial following.
If you’re a stay-at-home parent with a great idea for a business, it’s time to put it to the test. By building your business, using invoicing software, designing a standout logo, and finding customers, you can launch your venture and set the stage for the extra income you need.
When I write, I can only have one voice in my head, mine. A little noise is fine. But too much, or worse yet, WORDS, and I must change rooms or pull out headphones. Then I can write on!