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Ongoing Series: Thriving in the Martial Arts

A first-person series written by Chris Hershberger on how he went from being a "poor punk kid" in Mansfield to an Olympic Taekwondo All-American coach.

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This week I took part in an annual social media challenge that I’ve participated in the past four years. The Instagram challenge called #onedayhh was started by writer and podcaster Laura Tremaine several years ago and challenges participants to share one normal day in their life, hour by hour. 


If there’s one word that captures 2020, it’s “unprecedented.” Everyone from politicians to doctors to your next-door neighbor has described the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic as “unprecedented.” 

There’s something truly special about the few weeks of fall we’re experiencing right now. The leaves have burst into their brightest colors and there’s a crisp chill in the air that invites us to nestle into our cozy sweatshirts and warm socks. The anticipation of the holidays to come is jus…

NEWARK — From campus atmosphere to academic resources to faculty and diversity initiatives, Wedly Cazy, senior strategic communications major, found everything he needed to get on a path to success during his two years at The Ohio State University at Newark.


MANSFIELD – Alesia Litteral, Madison Township resident, nurses her tea drink while sitting in a crowded area. On the car ride over to Relax, It’s Just Coffee, she had a severe anxiety attack, after which her best friend Lisa Manley had to calm her down. 


This weekend, a friend who’s expecting her first child in a month came over to help me unload a mountain of baby gear. As we filled the trunk of her car with clothes, equipment and supplies, I wondered if I might feel a little sentimental about saying an official farewell to the baby season …

Galette is a term that means “flat cake,” and is used in French cuisine to describe a freeform tart. There are many versions of galette, such as a Breton galette, which is a buckwheat pancake with savory filling. The Canadian French version is similar to a large cookie. A cake type of galett…

Life feels so noisy right now. There is a lot to be worked up about, so many decisions that need to be made, so many heartaches to mourn, so many injustices that need righted. Amidst it all, we have to carry on with our daily lives and keep it all together. 


MANSFIELD – Although the eventful month of October won’t be what people have typically expected each year, there are still plenty of things to do and be excited for in Mansfield. 

This week, my second grader, Eloise, came home from school and, as I do most days, I asked her what she learned. She said, “I learned that I can count on my fingers, I don’t have to have all the math memorized.” I was ecstatic. When she was in first grade, in spite of the fact that math is a…


SHELBY -- When Faye Henderson was in the fifth grade her teacher told his students to write a story. Her imagination came alive, and she escaped into the characters, the plot, and the setting.


Think about a season in your life when you were truly thriving. In those seasons, you’re operating on all cylinders: eating well, sleeping well, my energy is positive, my work is strong and my relationships are healthy. All of those elements work in synchronicity, each influencing the next a…


MANSFIELD – During her teenage years, Sarah Goff spent some time drifting between bands and performing in local shows. Today she’s busting down doors to make space for herself in the music industry on her own, and so far that approach is showing her promise. 

I was driving through Ashland today, and with each yard I passed, I felt myself tense up. The signs in the yards reflected a political candidate I feel opposed to, and I found myself being curious about why it bothered me. 

Editor's Note: This is part VIII of a series on Thriving in the Martial Arts. Written by Chris Hershberger, he provides a first-person look at how he went from being a "poor punk kid" from Mansfield to an Olympic Taekwondo All-American coach. 

Pizza is probably the most popular fast food in America. It’s estimated that 3 billion pizzas are sold in the U.S. each year, about 46 slices per person! While it wasn’t until 1905 that the first pizzeria opened in New York, people have been eating some form of pizza for centuries.

My entire life, I have loved the first day of school. As a child, the night before school started felt a little like Christmas, with new clothes set out for the morning, new supplies in the backpack. The potential that came with a new school year, with new teachers and new classmates, was ab…

I came across a video today that brought me to tears. A man kept getting motion alerts from his driveway security camera each evening because a little boy kept riding his bike in his driveway. In response, the man chalked a racetrack in the driveway for the child to have some fun as he rode,…

Editor's Note: This is a monthly educational series about racism. Contributors include Donna Hight, Beth Castle, Margaret Lin, Deanna West-Torrence, Renda Cline, Tiffany Mitchell, Crystal Davis Weese, Brigitte Coles and Amy Hiner.

There’s a lot to disagree about these days. Each day, it seems the lines that divide us get drawn in new and surprising ways. Moreover, messages about how we should feel about that division are conflicting and difficult to navigate. Someone you may have seen eye to eye with a week ago on mos…