August 30, 2015

O-H-I-O! My home state by TC Booth

Ohio is known as the heart of it all, is nestled between Lake Erie and the Ohio River. Ohio is the Iroquois Indian name for “good river”. Pretty awesome.
We experience all four seasons in Ohio and offer something to do in each. Expect to see Amish buggies no matter the season as Ohio has the largest Amish population of any state. Snuggle up at a cozy bed and breakfast in Berlin, Ohio after spending a day visiting the many unique shops featuring Amish made products. 
My favorite being the Berlin Village Gift Barn. Oh, and don’t forget to stop in at one of the many restaurants for some homemade Amish cooking.

The island life is for me. One of my favorite things to do in the summer is to take a ferry across Lake Erie to Kelley’s Island. The quaint little Island harbors the most complete glacial grooves in the country. Nature’s masterpieces don’t end there.
The north side of the island provides beautiful parks and beaches. You can boat or fish on one of nature’s Great Lakes, or just soak up the sun on its sandy beach.

Did you know Ohio has the largest performing arts center outside of New York? Yep, it’s true. The Playhouse Square in Cleveland hosts a diverse array of entertainment for all tastes.

Best of all, we are the home of the Cleveland Cavaliers! I frequent Quicken Loans Arena during basketball season to watch LeBron, Kyrie, Kevin Love, and all the other awesome Cavs

I just touched on my favorite things to do in my home state. There’s so much more. I hope you come visit and discover all that Ohio has to offer. No matter what story I’m writing, my home state influences the setting of the story. 

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TC Booth was born and raised in a small town in Northeast Ohio where she currently teaches. She lives with her husband and four children ranging in ages from 13-23. Her pets include one dog named Sammy, and two cats- Sheldon and Sasha.

TC Booth views books as the best form of entertainment and her escape for life’s stresses. She prefers reading a book over watching a movie, and writing over almost any other way to spend her time.
When not attending her children’s sporting events and running them around, you’ll see her writing on her laptop, iPad, and even jotting ideas down on her phone apps.
She enjoys the escape from the adult universe into the adolescent world. The passion in which young people experience life is contagious and the driving force of her writing.

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  1. Greetings, TC, from your neighbor from Kentucky. We share the same four seasons and the same passion for writing. You have made me want to visit the Amish settlements in your area. I love Amish cooking. I wish you continued success with your writing.

  2. Sadly, more people see Ohio as a place to stop on their way from New York or Philadelphia to Chicago than as a place to actually visit. On several such trips my wife and I found respite in Columbus and Toledo—a decent meal and a night's sleep before heading into Indiana. Then we had reason to visit Lexington, Kentucky, which included some time across the river in Cincinnati, lovely city that taught me something rather interesting. Having grown up in a nominally "Jewish" home in the East, I had never understood the difference between the Jewish culture I had learned, that of the people who had come to the U.S. via Ellis Island, and the Jewish culture of those who had come through Galveston. I realize that may be too simplified, but it was still striking and informative. We all tend to see our variation of a culture, religion, or ethnic group as being the norm. Reality is that diversity within a group is important and enriching. The primarily Eastern European Judaism of the East was different from the more German influenced Cincinnati variation.

    Years later, when writing my first novel, "Widow's Walk," I used that insight to differentiate between my protagonist who was born in Ireland and a counter-part who had grown up Irish American.

    So thank you Ohio, not just for those moments of respite but for a meaningful insight.

  3. Great portrait of Pennsylvania's neighbor. Our states share many of the same virtues and attractions. Best wishes for success with your writing.

  4. I enjoyed your post. I don't believe I've ever been in Ohio, unless we passed through on a cross-country drive when I was a kid. You make me want to visit. I'm on the East Coast and we enjoy the four seasons too. I believe we have very similar weather all year round.

  5. Thanks for sharing these highlights about your state! I especially enjoyed reading about how you find time between sporting events to write and escape into the adolescent world...your life parallels mine in these regards :) Best of luck with your new YA novel!

  6. One sister-in-law lived in Dayton for many years, and now she's in Columbus. Another sister-in-law moved a year ago to Cincinnati. So we've been doing some visiting. What we need to find are some campgrounds in state parks. Any suggestions?

  7. Fiona, Alum Creek State park is a beautiful place to camp and boat. ��

  8. Linda Swift,
    Contact me so I can send you my book. :)

    TC Booth


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