Friday, November 30, 2012

Natural Home

The Editor's Page, signed by Laurel Lund, editor in chief, "The Art of Green Living", gives the scope as "At Natural Home, our definition of green ... means creating a healthy, harmonious home environment in which you and your family can thrive. It means surrounding yourself not only with the people and things you love, but also with furnishings and finishes that are natural and non-toxic. It means constructing dwellings with sustainable, renewable resources that don't deplete the earth's own precious supply. . . and some stuff about body and soul, sanctuary and vitality, etc. The featured articles are: "The Last Straw"-- nationally renowned artist and author Noel Bennett's sophisticated straw-bale home, a little masterpiece; "Water: The Real Staff of Life;" "Desktop Feng Shui;" "A Visit with Environmentor Dennis Weaver;" "Living Inside Out" (outdoor living spaces); "Greens, Glorious Greens" (various fresh mixed greens for salads). There are also short articles on nurturing a sense of place in a home, kids' allergies, a blurb on Real Goods, an excerpt from Sandy Maine's new book on herbal cleaning products, an article on xeriscaping, and reviews of a vegetarian cafe in Seattle.

Natural Home
May/June 1999, Special Premier Issue [cover], Volume 1, Number 1
Status: undetermined, still published in 2012; title change March/April 2005 to Natural Home and Garden
ISSN: na
Subject: home design, health, food
Publication schedule: 6 issues/year
Natural Home LLC
201 E. Fourth
Loveland, CO 80537-5635
Editorial Director: Linda Ligon
$24.95 (6 issues); $42.95 (12 issues)
Publisher: Logan Chamberlain
Warner Publishing Services

YouTube selection of articles

Update:  Found on the web, Nov. 30, 2012:
TOPEKA, KS / PR FREE / Nov 03 2005 --
Ogden Publications, publishers of Mother Earth News and nine other magazines, today announced that it has acquired Natural Home & Garden magazine, the nation's premier publication for people interested in sustainable, healthy homes from Linda Ligon, the former owner of Interweave Press.

"We're extremely excited about the future of Natural Home & Garden,"said Bryan Welch, publisher and general manager for Ogden Publications. "It provides a great new connection with our audience of people who enjoy sustainable, conscientious lifestyles."

Under the leadership of Ligon, Natural Home magazine was established in May 1999 by Interweave Press and relaunched as Natural Home & Garden with the March/April 2005 issue. Robyn Griggs Lawrence, editor-in-chief since 2000, will continue her position.

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Inspired House

"Welcome to a new kind of home design magazine," the staff of Inspired House announced in the December, 2003, first issue. People featured in this issue include Louis Wasserman and M. Caren Connolly whom we worked with on their book about cottages which featured a home designs by my husband. According to the web site, "The Taunton Press is the publisher and trusted authority for passionate enthusiasts seeking valuable information & ideas on Woodworking, Home Building and Design, Fiber Arts and Sewing, Crafts, Gardening and Cooking. Our magazines, books and eBooks, DVDs, and project plans help hands-on craftspeople improve their skills and expand their horizons."  And we have found this to be true--always a quality product.

Inspired house
December 2003, no.1, premier issue
Status: current
ISSN: 1545-6536
Subject: home decor, home design
Publication scedule: bimonthly
Taunton Press,Inc.
63 South Main St. 
Newtown, CT 06470-5506
$5.99 single copy; $24.95 one year; $41.95 two years
Publisher: Jon Miller
Editor in chief: Sue Roman 
web site:

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Food City

Although I've resolved to no longer add to my collection of first issue serials, I found a freebie yesterday at Caribou, which if you are from Columbus, you might pick up: Food City from 614 magazine. It's a biannual, I think. I thought it would imitate Edible Columbus, also a relatively new magazine, but there's more emphasis on restaurants.

The first issue features four chefs, including Cameron Mitchell who went to Upper Arlington high school when my kids were there in the 80s, and always has an interesting tale on achieving your dreams. The issue I have includes 41 full page menus of local restaurants, in case you're bored with the usual stops....

Found some interesting food thoughts, like Elvis pie--peanut butter, chocolate and bananas. I used to make something like Elvis pie (not as pretty as their photo) but decided I liked it better without the bananas which always got a bit soggy.

Kimberly Stolz, the Managing Editor and one of the writers, must have a great job, because she tastes what she writes about. Also, I see that if you keep your blog focused (I don’t) you can get a real writing gig like “Breakfast with Nick.”

"Welcome to Food City, a biannual offering from (614) Magazine that celebrates all Columbus has to offer in the realm of repasts and restaurants, recipes and recommendations." Kimberly Stolz

Food City Columbus
Issue 1, [Summer 2011]
issn: na
Price: Free
subscription price: na
frequency: biannual
Subject: restaurants--Columbus, Ohio
Publisher: (614) Media Group
458 E. Main St.
Columbus, OH 43215
Wayne T. Lewis and Clark Gaines, publishers
Managing Editor: Kimberly Stolz
Editorial Director: Travis Hoewischer
Copyright by Lewis & Clark Media LLC

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Monday, March 07, 2011


The subtitle for this in-house journal is "a publication for alumni and friends of The Ohio State University College of Education." Greg Bown, director of communications of the College and Editor of Discovery wrote about his trip to North Carolina and Hurricane Bertha and Hurricane Fran eventually getting around to his interest in this journal, but try as I might, I couldn't get his drift. . . something about the hurricanes made him appreciate more the ties between what we care about and what we know and seek to know.

This is not a particularly exciting journal, but it seems that OSUL could do a better job of keeping up with campus publications. Of the six years (through 2002), it only has 3 issues, according to the record.

Premiere Issue, Autumn 1996, Vol. 1; no. 1
Status: journal, free
ISSN NA; OCLC # 36030140
Frequency: [quarterly]
Subject: The Ohio State University College of Education, Alumni
Published by: The Ohio State University College of Education
Address: 110 Arps Hall, 1945 N. High St., Columbus, Ohio 43210-1172
Editor: Greg Brown,
Editorial Assistants: Stacy Wood, Nancy Swearengin

OSU has an incomplete set in the Book Depository through 2002. Link.

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Tracings was the official newsletter of the Ohio State University Libraries from 1986-1990. Its theme was "bringing together the University Libraries and the academic community," and its aim was to be both informative and instructive. The first issue had an update from Director William J. Studer on the collection, the archives, preservation, automation, user education and a plan for expanded physical facilities. Jill B. Fatzer, Assistant Director, explained the Main Library reorganization. Brief articles expanded on some of these topics, including a story about preservation by Sally Sims which included a photo of Wes Boomgaarden and Harry Campbell, whom I just saw last Thursday in a tour of the new Technical Services Building on Kinnear Road. Noelle Van Pulis submitted an article on "direct access to LCS" from home and office, which was quite innovative then. Soon, books will be the unusual item in libraries.
Winter 1986, Volume 1, Issue 1
Status: newsletter, free
Frequency: 3x academic year--January, May, October
Subject: The Ohio State University Libraries, library staff, Collections
Published by: The Ohio State University Libraries
Address: 200 Main Library, 1858 Neil Avenue Mall, Columbus, Ohio 43210-1286
Editor: Robert Thorson
Staff: Mary-Beth Bunge and Sally R. Sims

OSUL has 2 copies, in Thompson, and in Archives. Permanent link.
According to the record, Tracings ended in 1990.

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

The Garage Slab

One morning the coffee machine wasn't working at Panera's so I went down the street to Caribou, and noticed a stack of magazines, The Garage Slab for Fall 2009. They weren't first issues, but since I'd never seen one, I picked it up (free). I had written a number of blogs on the garages of Lakeside, and this actually had a photo of one of them. I really enjoyed my copy, went back to get another, but they were all gone. So I e-mailed the editor and blogged about the one I had. The editors were appreciative of my praise and last week brought over a stack for me to give away, and also brought me a premiere issue (although it first appeared as a newsletter). If you have a thing for garages, or live with someone who is a bit obsessive about his tools, cars, hoses, etc., then this is for you.

According to Pete's write up in the first issue, this is a rebirth/reissue of a "thank-you" newsletter he started in 2001 after a garage-warming party. He published it for 2 years until their day jobs took them away and Pete "pulled the garage door down and turned out the light." In 2009 the old crew decided to bring The Slab back to life with a new look and numbering system. If you have some great photos, a nifty garage or and important story, check it out with Pete or Ryan, editor@the

The Garage Slab
April 2009, Volume 1 Issue 1
Continues/resurrects The Garage Slab [newsletter, ca. 2001]
Status: Subscription and/or free circ
Subject: garages, architecture, popular culture, entertainment, automobiles
Publication schedule: quarterly
Published by: Greasy Shirt Publishing, LLC
Address: 2414 East Main Street
Bexley, Ohio 43209
614-327-8706 (for advertising)
The Garage Slab
$12.95 for four issues
Editor: Pete Foster
Web/Layout Designer: Bob Durrant
Business Development Managers: Ryan Hill, Mike Gast
Contributing Editor: Patrick Hayden

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Monday, January 18, 2010

Edible Columbus--watch for it

I saw a prototype of a new magazine today--"Edible Columbus." "Is that a new magazine?" I asked. "Yes, but it isn't out yet; I'm the publisher." I thought I'd swoon. I'm a first issue collector and here I was about to see a birthing! [No website yet, try this for Edible Brooklyn.]

So we chatted a bit--she's a former New York chef who discovered a "series" of Edible. . [insert name of city or region] magazines and she bought the rights for Columbus. She explained the concept--it will focus on locally grown, sustainable sources with seasonable eatables, great traditions, recipes, related items like gadgets and ingredients, day trips, and events. Some of these events will be held in her mother's newly opened tea room which has room for classes! Right here in Upper Arlington. Swoon twice--a new place to go for coffee or lunch. This will start as a "free-circ" and I suggested she get it in the local public libraries as part of the serial collection to be sure it gets cataloged.

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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Lily; beautiful living through faith

If you bought a copy of Lily in Spring 2006, that would be two of us. I can't find any record that it existed, not in a news release or a demise story, although one of the columnists does list her article on her vita. I suspect the field--soft Christian with parenting advice, health tips, decorating and recipes, was just a bit over crowded. It sort of has that Oprahish, scrapbookish spiritual look.

"From the editor" by Wanda J. Ventling: "I, too, have a heart for God, and it has been my desire to create a widely available Christian-lifestyle magazine that meets both spiritual and practical needs since I wrote a business proposal for one in college.. I believe God planted this seed, and He has been faithful to bring an incredible group of people to nurture Lily's development." Ms. Ventling's name appears on several other Meredith publications as a writer or editor.

Articles written by well-known Christian authors such as James Dobson, Gary Smalley, Joyce Meyer; includes book and movie reviews.

One of the tips is in the lower left corner of the cover, "Meredith Specials." Sometimes these become magazines, sometimes not.

Lily; beautiful living through faith
Spring 2006, Premier Issue
Status: Newstand
Subject: Christian lifestyle, creativity, family, parenting, women
Publication schedule: quarterly
Published by: Meredith Corporation
Address: 1716 Locust Street, LN-218
DesMoines, IA 50309-3023
no website
$5.99 single
Editor: Wanda J. Ventling
Editorial Director: Gayle Goodson Butler
Chairman and CEO Meredith: William T. Kerr

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Monday, December 29, 2008

Where Women Create

Jo Packham started her publishing career at her kitchen table 30 years ago, developing her idea for cross-stitch publications. In January she joined forces with Kellene Giloff and Jenny Doh of Stampington & Company's Somerset Studio to develop a magazine about the studios and galleries of women who create. The first issue includes 11 women who have built businesses and communities around them.

"So you now hold in your hands one of my oldest, most treasured dreams and if you are a woman who creates, then this is your magazine; a thousand stories told from the hearts and hands of as many women. No matter what you make or what medium you use, this is your safe haven, this is a gallery to showcase your wares, a classroom to learn something new, a source of motivation, reassurance, and inspiration."

Whew! All I want is a few more bookshelves. I don't even have draperies, and my walls are beige with my husband's and my paintings. I can't even imagine working in these types of studios, but there ya go! Something for everyone!

Where Women Create; inspiring work spaces of extraordinary women
Winter 2008, Volume 1, number 1, Premier Issue
Status: Newstand
Subject: creativity, work spaces, studios, women
Publication schedule: quarterly
Published by: Stampington & Company
Address: 22992 Mill Creek, Suite B
Laguna Hills CA 92653
$14.99 single; subscription: 4 issues $59.99
Creator, President & Editor in Chief: Jo Packham
Publisher and President, Stampington & Co.: Kellene Giloff
Printer: Quebecor World, Midland, MI

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Cooking for 2

We've set a table for two. The editors of Taste of Home "have been hearing the same request over and over from readers. Could you give us more recipes that serve only two people. . . Why not publish a new cooking magazine devoted solely to delicious small-scale recipes?" When this Premiere Issue c2004 appeared on newstands the winter of 2005, (display until February 28, 2005, next issue March 1, 2005) Reiman Media was already publishing Taste of Home, Quick Cooking and Light & Tasty.

In addition to lip-smacking good recipes, the issue includes a reference page on reducing ingredients by 1/2 or 1/3, shopping for two tips, and good web sites.

Taste of Home's Cooking for 2
Premiere Issue Winter 2005
ISSN: na
Canadian GST No. 876052820RT
Subject: Cooking, recipes
Publication schedule, quarterly
Reiman Media Group
5400 S. 60th St.
Greendale WI 53129-1404
$3.99 for Premiere Issue, $4.99 Canada
Subscription $19.96/year; $29.98 for 2 years; $39.98 for 3 years; specials on insert cards, $9.98/year
Executive editor: Kathy Pohl
Food Editor: Janaan Cuningham
Chairman and Founder: Roy Reiman

The Reiman Media Group web page reports: "Reiman Publications was started in 1965 by Roy Reiman in the basement of his Hales Corners, Wisconsin home. Today, the Reiman Publications family of companies (located in Greendale, Wisconsin) employs over 500 people in full-time and part-time positions including Editorial, Print Production Scheduling, Circulation Marketing, Prepress and Country Store. Affiliated companies include World Wide Country Tours, LLC, Homemaker Schools and Reiman Advertising and Promotion (RAP).

We publish 13 national magazines, many of which have a rural focus, plus a variety of cookbooks and "coffee-table" books."

It was announced in 2002 that Reader’s Digest Association Inc acquired Reiman Publications LLC for US$760 million cash, and also completed US$950 million in syndicated financing that was partially used to fund the Reiman purchase. Link. Initially, there was little change in the folksy format or style, but the most recent Taste of Home I saw looked like any other recipe magazine, including lots of ads and coupons.

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MPLC Connection

This newsletter is intended to keep the library boosters of the Marblehead, Ohio area informed about the progress of their library. Volume 1, issue 1 came out in Fall 2005 and reported that they had a building, the 1914 quarry hospital building in downtown Marblehead. Also there was an update on the book shop, Ex Libris in the Kukay building.

Although I can't find an article about it on the web, I think the original plans for the hospital building fell through due to remodeling and safety costs, and the Ex Libris book shop has since moved to a house and they are now loaning books. The organization has a web site, and is still raising funds for a library building. This grass roots effort on the part of volunteers is the way many communities started their public libraries.

MPLC Connection
Fall 2005 Volume 1, Issue 1
Marblehead Peninsula Library Committee
Subject: libraries, membership
Frequency: unknown
Published by: The Committee
Address: P.O. Box 74
Marblehead, Ohio
Membership Individual $5, Family $10, Bookworm $25, Book Lover $50, Book Collector $100
President Lorrie Halblaub [from Port Clinton News Herald]

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