I'm also in Ohio, near the Kent/Akron area. Welcome to DhammaWheel!
"The point of meditation is to essentially push the ego into a corner so that it has nowhere else to go. The ego is based on attachment—our attachment to the body and to ideas. When the ego is cornered and has nowhere to go, the only thing one can do is to put it down. And when one puts down the ego, then that is enlightenment."
- Venerable Sheng-yen