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The Farm at Walnut Creek is a working Amish farm offering horse-drawn wagon rides to see and feed over 500 animals, including bison, zebras, giraffes, lots of big horns, and much more! The rolling hills along the way provide spectacular views. Located in Sugarcreek, the heart of Ohio’s Amish Country, the farm also provides walks through beautiful gardens, over a covered bridge, and in and out of the Amish farmhouse.

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“Wrong Turns Write Life”

Our drive from Northeast Ohio to a family cabin south of North Bay in Ontario, Canada, could take the better part of a day, depending on the Toronto traffic. So, we left before first light.

We lived a couple of miles off I-71, so I was in cruising gear within minutes. My morning coffee was in my hand when I saw a mound of something in my lane after the semi ran over it.  I was approaching too fast to swerve, especially one-handed, as I tried to put my coffee in the holder. With both hands on the wheel and my sister’s family in the other lane, I had no choice but to bear down and hope there was enough height under the van to clear it.

There wasn’t.

I managed to keep things steady as the carcass dragged the bottom of the vehicle. Once the shock of the moment was gone, I signaled to my brother-in-law to pull over at the next exit. I wanted to see the damage and determine if we needed to go back home.

When we stopped, I rolled down my window. My face recoiled into the vehicle as soon as the pungent smell hit me. My brother-in-law did the same. Raw deer guts, meat, fur, blood, and who knows what else painted the entire undercarriage of the minivan. The front bumper had meat with fur hanging from it. The smell was so horrid. It could turn a stomach if it were breathed in for more than a second.

I decided to turn back and go to the gas station at our exit because it was open and had a drive-through car wash. This would also allow me to determine whether I should risk the trip with this vehicle.

I ran the minivan through the car wash once, ensuring the service included the underbody. When I rolled the wet vehicle around, I saw someone get out of their car about a hundred feet away to pump gas. His second foot hadn’t even touched the pavement when he stood perfectly erect, as if he had just inhaled smelling salts. There was no need for him to get coffee; he was now fully awake. He looked around, unable to locate the cause of the worst smell you could imagine. Trying to plug his nose and punch buttons at the pump, he gave up, got in his car, and drove off.

I ran the minivan through the wash again.

This time, I was wise not to roll down my window. I just looked at the woman walking out of the gas station with her coffee and muffin. She stopped three steps outside the door as if she walked into an invisible brick wall. She looked around with an angry face, then ducked her head and made a beeline for her car.

I ran the minivan through the wash again.

Afterward, I decided the highway air and long drive would dissipate the smell. The assuring thing was we did not smell the foul odor inside the vehicle. Nothing was leaking, nothing seemed broken, and no warning lights or tones were triggered, so we bolted the scene just as a couple of workers walked our way.

On a long drive like this, we had to make stops for gas, food, and restrooms every several hours. Each time, these busy places looked like a grenade went off. We learned to be as quick as a pit crew before the offenders were pegged. It was a hit-and-run every time.

Then came customs at the border. The usual questions started, but none about the smell. One thing was clear: we never squirted through the checkpoint faster.

In Toronto, it was the usual stopped traffic on a five-lane highway. I watched people roll down their windows for a fresh breeze only to roll them back up in an instant. I think they all knew where the culprit was, so I thought the old mantra to myself – I’ll never see these people again.

When we finally arrived at our destination, the smell was as bad or worse than when we left. All across the underbody, this meat was cooking from the heat from the motor and exhaust all damn day. It was awful! But the cabin was only accessible by boat, so we parked in a mini field surrounded by trees by the dock. Even though we sat at the waterfront 50 yards from the carnage van, our lift couldn’t come fast enough.

About a week later, we boated in to go into town for more provisions. We all waited for the smell to knock us out as we neared the van, but it didn’t.

A little closer, I said to my wife, “What the heck happened to the paint!”

Half of the van was black instead of gray. As I slowed to take in the scene, thinking vandalism, she moved closer.

“Oh, my goodness, it’s coated in flies!”

By Frank Rocco Satullo, The OhioTraveler, Your Tour Guide to Fun! 

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Explore Four Manmade Wonders of Ohio

Ohio ingenuity abounds in every major city and small town. But here, we’ll explore just four intriguing manmade wonders: Big Muskie’s Bucket, The Bridge to Nowhere, Fountain of Lights, and The Great Stone Viaduct.

Big Muskie” used to be the biggest earth-moving machine in the world. Today, you can sense its size by standing inside the enormous bucket, which is now a roadside tourist attraction.

The Bridge to Nowhere is in Euclid’s Hillandale Park. Nearly 100 years ago, the bridge was completed, but no roads were ever connected to it. The project was scrapped after the 1929 market crash. Its “S” curve over the valley in the woods is a peculiar site.

The Fountain of Lights at Riverscape Metropark in Dayton is one of the largest fountains in the world. The series of five 60-foot-high fountains shoots over 2,500 gallons of water per minute, 200 feet high and over 400 feet across, an amazing spectacle seen miles away.

The Great Stone Viaduct in Bellaire was part of the country’s longest railroad system. Over 150 years later, a massive renovation project turned the top into a walking trail and overlook. It is Reminiscent of a Roman aqueduct.

For more “Ohio Manmade Wonders,” visit Ohio Man-Made Wonders | Ohio Traveler.

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New Ohio Outdoor Adventures

Opening Soon in Cambridge/Guernsey County

Southeast Ohio will soon welcome two new family-oriented outdoor attractions. A new splash pad is under construction at Seneca Lake, and an immersive Eco-Center is being built at Salt Fork State Park. Both attractions are located within minutes of Cambridge, Ohio, and are scheduled to open this summer and fall.

New Splash Pad at Seneca Lake

Situated between the Parkside Central Campground area to the west and rolling hills to the east, Seneca Lake Park Beach is in the process of welcoming a series of improvements benefiting guests of all ages. The main feature of the renovation will be a new interactive splash pad, complete with water slides, a tree house, and charming picnic-themed water stations.

Additional improvements include seating areas, shade structures, basketball court, pickleball court, storybook trail and space for lawn games. Park officials anticipate the splash pad opening this summer.

New Eco-Center at Salt Fork State Park

Visitors of all ages will soon experience an immersive learning adventure alongside the mythical Bigfoot at the Salt Fork State Park Eco-Discovery Center. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) broke ground on the 3,300-square-foot project in October 2023 and anticipates opening the center in fall 2024.

Inside the center, Bigfoot will act as a character guide throughout the building, highlighting fun facts and teaching visitors how, despite having big feet, Bigfoot’s environmental footprint is small. The exhibits will engage visitors in an interactive journey through Salt Fork’s forest ecosystem to discover how everything in nature is connected and ends with visitors learning ways they can practice sustainability to protect these valuable connections and natural resources.

Outdoors, visitors will enjoy a patio with seating, a rain garden, meadow plantings, native trees, and a trail leading through the habitats and to the lake. The center will sit approximately 2.5 miles from the park entrance.

ODNR’s ConServe Ohio sustainability initiative inspired the need for a nature center that interprets the importance of sustainable practices now and in the future. The building will include sustainable elements indoors, such as high-efficiency HVAC equipment and filtration, LED lighting, low-flow plumbing fixtures, a water bottle refilling station, and an entry-floor system to reduce indoor pollution. Visitors will find a green roof and wall outside of the building, permeable pathways, solar panels, a rainwater harvesting system, and EV charging stations.

For more information on area attractions, events, and overnight packages, contact the Cambridge/Guernsey County Visitors & Convention Bureau office at 627 Wheeling Avenue, Suite 200 in downtown Cambridge, call 740-432-2022, email mail to, or log onto VisitGuernseyCounty.com.

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Lehman’s Long Connection to the Amish

Lehman’s was founded by Jay Lehman (1929 – 2020) to serve the local Amish community here in northeast Ohio. Jay greatly admired the Amish and their agrarian way of life and knowledge of practical, hands-on skills. The Amish, as you might know, live without electricity and are rooted in faith, tradition, and family. Jay knew that their traditions would be hard to maintain without the products to sustain their connection to the land. After all, if no one is selling butter churns, then no one knows how to churn butter, right?

In 1955, Jay, the sole employee, opened Lehman’s. His personal investment in the store was evident from the start, and this personal touch is what made Lehman’s more than just a store.

He had borrowed money from his father, Ezra, to purchase what was then known as the AB Sommers Hardware, built around 1919 in the center of town. AB had also sold to the local Amish and others without electricity, and Jay continued that tradition by stocking wood heating and cooking stoves, oil lamps, hand tools, and water pumps.

Jay eventually hired his father, his brother Dave, his sister Pearl, and long-time family friend Raymond. People may not realize that for many years, Lehman’s was a tiny local store, and Jay worked long hours, six days a week.

What made Lehman’s different was Jay’s plan to keep selling the old-fashioned but brand-new products that the Amish and local farmers used daily. He wanted to preserve the past for future generations. He was concerned, rightly so, that the practical hands-on skills people knew would disappear if the younger generation didn’t learn them.

Side note: A few years ago, there was a butter churning demo in the store for customers. A little girl walked up with her grandmother, and the staff explained that they were churning the fresh cream to make butter. They shopped for a bit and returned just as staff poured the buttermilk off so customers could eat the butter on fresh-baked bread. “Oh, I missed it,” she exclaimed. “When did you put the butter in?” To her, where did butter come from – a plastic tub in the grocery store? This little girl’s grandmother likely wasn’t born when Jay opened Lehman’s 69 years ago, but that was an example of his mission being fulfilled!

As Lehman’s grew and attracted more visitors and tourists, the Amish turned to their relatives and smaller local vendors to purchase items they needed. While the number of Amish who still shop at Lehman’s is likely similar to the number decades ago, the number of non-Amish shoppers is over 90%.

However, Lehman’s connection to the Amish is still very strong. One Amish man said his goal was to “put his feet under the table three times a day.” He meant enjoying breakfast, lunch, and dinner with his family at home. Most Amish people prefer working at home so they can be “in the world, but not of the world.” Once they start working in English (what they call us non-Amish) businesses, their traditions and beliefs can be challenged.

Since Lehman’s has so many Amish vendors, they have the chance to work at home. Perhaps more importantly, Lehman’s is keeping the skills of leather, iron and woodworking, sewing, and craftsmanship alive because they are teaching their children and grandchildren the skills that might otherwise have been lost. Additionally, most Amish aren’t allowed to use the Internet for marketing and are happy selling Lehman’s the product and letting the company do the marketing.

Jay, who spoke fluent Pennsylvania Dutch, would often get in his pickup truck and drive out to the Amish farms, looking for new products. For example, he would ask the first farmer if he made wooden wheels. Perhaps not, but that farmer sent him up the road to another farmer who was making wheels and told him about an ax that a relative was making down the road. Finding new and essential products was a very hands-on, word-of-mouth operation.

So today, in 2024, Lehman’s is still helping the Amish community maintain their way of life since they can work at home and produce the tried-and-true products they have been using for generations.

Learn more about Lehman’s connection to the Amish community by visiting their retail store, Lehman’s, 4779 Kidron Road, Kidron. Lehman’s is open every day except Sunday and is always open at Lehmans.com. Call 800-438-5346 for more information, or visit Lehmans.com/storeevents for a full schedule of events and festivals.

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Amphicars Flood Celina Lake Fest

It’s a Car…It’s a Boat…It’s an Amphicar!

Amphicars, the only civilian amphibious passenger automobile ever to be mass-produced, will visit Grand Lake again this year during the Celina Lake Festival, July 26-28, 2024.  The International Amphicar Owners Club is scheduled to participate in the annual Amphicar Splash-in at the Celina Lake Festival on Friday evening, July 26th, and the Grand Parade on Saturday, July 27th. Always a crowd favorite; everyone loves seeing these little vehicles drive on land and then splash into the water and become a boat.

3,878 Amphicars were built in Germany from 1961 to 1968. Of those cars, 3,046 were imported into the United States. It is believed that less than 600 sea-worthy still exist today. The Amphicar has a top speed of 7 mph on water and 70 mph on land. An Amphicar is moved in the water by its twin nylon propellers. A special two-part land-and-water transmission built by Hermes (makers of the Porsche transmission) allows the wheels and propellers to be operated independently or simultaneously. The “land transmission” is a 4-speed-plus-reverse unit similar to those found in old Volkswagen Beetles. The “water transmission” is a 2-speed offering unique to the Amphicar featuring single forward and reverse gears. In the water, the front wheels act as rudders.

All Amphicars are convertibles originally offered in only four colors: Beach White, Regatta Red, Lagoon Blue, and Fjord Green (Aqua).  You will find many today that have been customized with paint and accessories. Some of the more unique ones include one adorned with Pink Flamingoes, one painted to resemble the Bat Mobile and another to resemble a huge Rubber Ducky. When new, an Amphicar sold for between $2,800 and $3,300, depending on the year. Currently, you can find Amphicars listed for sale with prices ranging from $35,000 to $99,000, depending on the condition.

Each year, 30 to 40 International Amphicar Owners Club members bring their vehicles for an appearance at the Celina Lake Festival. You will begin seeing the cars on Tuesday and Wednesday of the festival week as they drive around town and cruise along the lake. Their official festival appearances include a Splash-In on Friday evening, and you can also see them on Saturday as they participate in the Grand Parade.  Other events during the Celina Lake Festival include Fabulous Fireworks over the Lake, a Collectors Car Show, a Craft Fair, a Kids Fishing Derby, the Lake Festival Pet Show, the Lift-aThon, and great live music. Click HERE for more information and for the complete schedule of Celina Lake Festival events. For a complete listing of summer festivals and celebrations in the Grand Lake Region, check out Seemore.org.

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Music, Fests, Gardens & History

All Summer Long in Coshocton!

July heats up Coshocton with sunshine and vibrant energy! Seize the long, sunny days to make unforgettable memories. Dive into exciting events, or simply unwind and explore our charming hidden gems. Coshocton offers something special for everyone, from outdoor adventures to cultural experiences and relaxation retreats.

Immerse yourself in the past at Historic Roscoe Village! Take a self-guided Living History tour and learn through the captivating digital kiosks the history of 19th-century tradespeople like printing press operators, broom squires, weavers, doctors, and teachers. This tour features seven different historic buildings and is available daily from 10am to 4pm. Purchase tickets and start your tour at the Roscoe Village Visitors Center! Be sure to include a visit to the nationally accredited Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum. This museum features East Asian Art, Ohio history, and Prehistoric Art, as well as special exhibits. The Monticello III Horse-drawn Canal Boat Ride is open and runs throughout the summer on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoons, weather permitting.

Travel through time! The Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum showcases Historic Roscoe Village’s transformation. See historic photos (late 1800s/early 1900s) and witness the 1970s restoration that brought it back to life. Explore the village’s bustling past and its dedicated revival! The exhibit is open through December 31st.

Escape to Clary Gardens, a free botanical paradise open year-round! Explore 20 scenic acres bursting with vibrant rose gardens, tranquil ponds, a captivating outdoor amphitheater, and a storybook trail. Unwind on a romantic stroll or family picnic amidst the beauty of nature. Children will be delighted by the whimsical play area, while the open-air pavilion offers a unique venue for special events.

Enjoy a delicious and safe exploration of Coshocton County’s craft beverage scene with the Sip and Stay Thursday Package! Available Thursdays through October 31st, this affordable package treats you to a standard room and complimentary breakfast for two at Coshocton Village Inn & Suites. You’ll also receive vouchers to four local wineries or brewery, with transportation provided by Cork & Tap Excursions. Discover new favorites as the featured locations refresh every three months! Book your getaway by calling Coshocton Village Inn & Suites at (740) 622-9455 or visit VisitCoshocton.com for details.

Calling all rockers and outdoor enthusiasts! Our Town Coshocton Summer Concert Series returns on July 20th with the Def Leppard tribute band Adrenalize at Coshocton Court Square. Enjoy the DORA, and get ready to sing along! The concert starts at 7:30pm. Presented by the City of Coshocton – City Hall and Our Town Coshocton, this concert is FREE and open to the public. Just bring your own chair and get ready for an unforgettable night of music!

Get ready to rev your engines and crank up the volume! The Rock Coshocton Motor & Music Festival is returning to the Coshocton County Fairgrounds from July 26th to 28th. Don’t miss out on three days of live music, exciting motorsports, and much more! For the full lineup and to snag your tickets, head over to Rock Coshocton.

Dive into a dazzling display of sunflowers at the Coshocton Sunflower Festival! Held throughout August at Coshocton’s KOA campground, this annual event offers something for everyone. The festivities kick off with “Sippin’ on Sunshine” on August 3rd, where you can savor wine and beer tastings amidst the vibrant blooms. Explore the 4-acre field at your own pace throughout the month. For the full festival experience, head over between August 9th and 11th. Enjoy wagon rides, browse vendor booths, grab delicious bites from food trucks, relax in the beer & wine garden, and capture memories at photo booths scattered throughout the field. Live music adds to the cheerful atmosphere. Even on non-festival days, the sunflower fields are open for visitors to soak up the beauty. And the best part? Each festival ticket includes one sunflower of your choice, with over 50 varieties to pick from! Get ready for a blooming good time at the Coshocton Sunflower Festival. Visit their website for more details; click here!

Mark the calendar for Our Town Coshocton’s Summer Concert Series (August 3), Food Truck Festival (August 17), Coshocton Dog Fest (August 17), Power-House Cruise on Main (August 24), Coshocton Flint Festival (August 30 – September 1).

Request a free visitor packet today and start planning your summer adventure at VisitCoshocton.com!

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Making Tracks to History

Ride The Rails of Family Fun Aboard
The Hocking Valley Scenic Railway

Family fun is only a train ride away on the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway (HVSR). Passengers will make tracks to history when they ride this historic tourist railroad located in Nelsonville, Ohio, just 15 minutes from the Hocking Hills.

The HVSR is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization offering historic train rides between Nelsonville and Logan along the former Hocking Valley Railway section. The Nelsonville area was once rich in coal mining and brick production. This summer, the railroad is offering historic diesel-powered train rides every Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 pm. The trip will traverse the historic Hocking Valley right-of-way and pass several historic sites, including old brick kilns, a canal lock, and more.

Most regular weekend trips include a stop at Robbins Crossing Historical Village, a re-created pioneer village on the campus of Hocking College. The village is not part of the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway; it is owned by Hocking College.

For motive power, the railroad’s regular summer trains typically feature one of three operational vintage diesel locomotives built between 1952 and 1957. Two of them are general-purpose “geeps” built for the Chesapeake and Ohio and Illinois Central, respectively. The other is a small switcher built for the Army and is normally used for switching and maintenance instead of passengers. In the engine house, the railroad is currently working to repair another diesel switcher so it can be used to haul passengers.

The railroad also owns an operational coal-fired steam locomotive built in 1920 that is occasionally used to haul Steam Specials.

Passengers on the HVSR are treated to vintage passenger cars from various railroads. The cars were built between 1916 and the early 1960s. One car was built for branchline trains, while three others were built for commuter trains. Some of the railroad’s cars were built for long-distance trains and currently feature air-conditioning. There is even a 1950 dining car used on the dining trains. Three passenger cars are former freight cars that have been converted to open-air cars.

In addition to its regular weekend trains, the railroad runs several specialty trains, including Robbery Trains, a Fourth of July Fireworks Shuttle Train, a Caboose Train, and more. Tickets for the trains can be purchased at hvsry.org or by calling (855) 32DEPOT, except for the Fireworks Shuttle, where the tickets are only available at the Depot that night.

The railroad’s history dates to the mid-1800s as the Nelsonville area’s coal industry developed at a fast pace. The Hocking Canal was unable to keep up with the coal industry’s rapid development. Ground broke for the railroad in Columbus in 1867, and it reached Nelsonville in 1869. The railroad’s arrival helped bring an economic boom to the coal-rich region.

Nelsonville once had over 40 mines and mining communities. Brick production was also a prominent industry in the Nelsonville area that thrived with the railroad. On board the train, passengers will see several historic sites, such as brick kilns, a canal lock, and an old company town named Haydenville. Haydenville was named after industrialist Peter Hayden, who incorporated the Haydenville Mining and Manufacturing Company to produce clay products from rich clay. Many company houses are still standing and can be seen from the train. A round silo brick house and the Haydenville Church can also be seen from the train. The Church incorporates more than 24 types of brick and tile pieces.

Hocking Valley Scenic Railway combines this history with family fun. Book your next spot at  Hocking Valley Scenic Railway.

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The Eroding Weekend

The Garfield Effect: A Modern Epidemic

The Threat Posed

Perpetually hungry, loves sleeping, and hates Monday.

I just described a popular cartoon cat named Garfield, but you surely aren’t alone if you related to that description a bit more than you wanted to. It’s this relatability that sprung Garfield into fame in 1978 and allowed him to remain a household name over 40 years later.

One of his most universally relatable traits is the last one: His hatred of Monday. This is a commonly shared sentiment, as for most people, it symbolizes our fleeting 48 hours of freedom halting to a grim end.

However, what may seem like a harmless, relatable joke in a cat comic actually points to an increasingly prevalent societal issue, something I like to call The Garfield Effect. This refers to the steady decline of the weekend as we know it, as it creeps closer and closer to oblivion.

That may sound dramatic, and that’s because it is. In theory, a two day break should rejuvenate us, making us feel more refreshed and ready than ever to work; yet most people feel just the opposite. This is due to The Garfield Effect. Rather than use the weekend as it was designed—for relaxation and leisure—people frequently use it to catch up on work, leaving them tired and ill-equipped to deal with the full work week ahead. This is why Garfield is far from alone when he says, “I hate Monday.”

Fully understanding this epidemic first requires an understanding of its history, which actually begins long before the more recent conception of the weekend.

The Ancient Work Day

In ancient civilizations, including those of the Mayans and the Hopi, time was perceived as cyclical rather than linear, operating as a kind of wheel. This was a reflection of the world that the ancients observed around them, bound by cycles of predictable patterns. Accordingly, work also followed this natural ebb and flow of time. Tasks were correlated with the organic cycles that defined them: Farmers worked in accordance with the seasons, and fishermen in accordance with the tides.

This approach to work persisted for a long time. Contrary to popular belief, medieval peasants experienced a plethora of free time compared to the modern worker. For them, the day began at dawn, ended at dusk, and included plenty of breaks. It wasn’t until the 18th century, just over 200 years ago, that this changed.

The First Shift

A number of factors caused this shift, most of which revolved around the Industrial Revolution. Tasks were no longer correlated to natural events but rather to the artificially contrived “work day.” Time was something to be exploited by corporate interests. Accordingly, this is when the phrase “time is money” accelerated in its usage (which can be seen using Google Ngram Viewer).

This new approach inevitably caused issues and eventually spiraled into a working landscape that included grueling hours and harsh conditions. People worked between 14 and 16 hours per day for six days a week. Factories were full of dust and smoke. Deformities and diseases developed in workers, especially children. Accidents were frequent. It was far from ideal.

The Birth of the Weekend

This ghastly landscape created a dire need for the protection of workers’ rights, which prompted the labor movement. In 1886, on what became known as May Day, hundreds of thousands of workers went on strike in demand of an eight-hour work day. This was the first of many efforts to win this right. There was still a long fight ahead.

It wasn’t until 1926, when Henry Ford adopted a five-day work week, that this less aggressive approach was given much thought. Ford’s argument was that people with more free time would require more transportation and hence buy more cars. Finally, in 1938, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Fair Labor Standards Act, which cemented the 40-hour, five-day work week. The weekend had been born.

The Second Shift

Not long after this pivotal policy was enacted, another shift began to occur. This one revolved around the advent of modern technology, most notably, the internet.

Artificial light has already made it easy to stay up past dark and wake up before light, but devices such as computers and smartphones have caused an even greater disturbance in our general working hours. People are now constantly “on the clock,” expected to keep up with work demands at every hour of the day, every day of the week. Being perpetually plugged in leaves workers feeling anxious and stressed, inhibiting their ability to wind down properly.

The Emergence of The Garfield Effect

Weekends were introduced partially to protect leisure, which is a necessary ingredient in productivity. Without this, the risk of eventual job burnout increases drastically.

Despite the obvious benefits of leisure, people are opting for a more work-oriented weekend, with a state of constant “busyness” becoming a sort of status symbol. Perceived success is now—incorrectly—associated with how busy someone is.

This is getting in the way of people enjoying the weekend as it should be enjoyed. According to the American Time Use Survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, people now spend less than one hour socializing on the weekend. Furthermore, according to a global Harris Poll, the United States reported the longest hours, second only to Mexico. These reports may not even include tasks such as checking email or going overtime to meet a deadline.

As a result, the “typical” 40-hour work week is better described as “atypical,” an outlier. The weekend as we know it is disappearing, and we’re letting it.

A Call to Action

The fight for the weekend took centuries to win, so reclaim our leisure and once again fill our parks with good company and conversation. Battle against The Garfield Effect, and plan a picnic!

By Cara Satullo

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