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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. That’s How I Roll


Tuesday’s bike ride was a 50-miler(*) from Sidney to North Lewisburg, Ohio. It was my closest ever approach to Columbus from the west, by any means of transportation. Along the way, I took photos at four township halls.

I had hoped one of them might be a picturesque old schoolhouse. There are some like that in Ohio and other parts of the Old Northwest. But today’s were all pole barns, broadly defined. These are usually less interesting, but one of the sites did have some traces of the old connection between township government and schools, from the days before school districts became independent of local governments, for better or worse.


Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Totalityville, USA


“You really want to drive that far to see total eclipse? 98 percent isn’t enough?” My husband wanted to go, but I was dubious. I told him, if we went, he’d have to do the planning. I warned him where he wanted to go was already a zoo; that we could expect eclipse traffic; that, with a one-year-old kid, a hike to the kind of perch he had in mind could prove miserable or impossible. Then our kid’s fever came back, not go-straight-to-doctor-do-not-pass-go-do-not-collect-$200 high, but nearing it. Now we really weren’t going, I said. If he still wanted to go, he should plan to make tomorrow’s trip alone.

But I married a manly man, persuasive when he wants to be, and so we all went. I scrambled to pack kiddie fever supplies, and we hit the road with what looked like hours to spare – hours to spare, that is, when summer construction and astronomical portents don’t collide. By midmorning, the navigator (yours truly) had to bust out several maps to figure out where we could stop to view totality en route if traffic continued to gobble up time so greedily. Finally, time constraints narrowed my choice to Totalityville, USA (not its real name), a town about 20 miles from our initial destination. Totalityville is small, but it boasts a large city park and a friendly Park District website. Several blocks away from the park, the Methodist church would be hosting an eclipse fair, the Chamber of Commerce was pleased to announce. Compared to more widely-advertised eclipse destinations, Totalityville sounded like it would be refreshingly … normal. And so it was. It was good luck we didn’t get to where we first thought we were going, because then we would have missed out on Totalityville.


In an era of technology and automation, does tough physical work still matter? Victor Davis Hanson says the answer is yes — and that, in fact, we have an innate desire to do work with our own two hands. Listen as he explores the cultural, intellectual, and psychological reasons that we should be wary of a future that promises the end of manual labor.