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Ramona

1 Comment · Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Ramona was driving the 64 Metro bus when I first moved to Westwood in the spring. I have this habit of sitting in the front seat right next to the driver. I don't ever expect the drivers to talk to me, but Ramona did. At first it was polite talk about the weather and traffic and such, but after a while our conversations became more personal. Often times when I'd get on the bus I'd be the only person riding. Those were the days I liked the most. It was like having my own personal taxi driver.  

'Tis the Season for Stealing

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Bitter cold. The air seemed to be made of sharp, solid metal, slicing through pants and shirtsleeves with tiny saw-like teeth that chewed at the skin. Hello goosebumps. Dressed in layers, I headed to Sharonville to teach my regular noon yoga class.  

Looking for the Joy

1 Comment · Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Back in 1993 Jered told me to look for the joy in life every day. He said life is too short, so try and make each day count. He said if changes in my life weren't working out, then find other ones that would. He said he'd be there to help me find the joy. Years later, I sometimes wonder if he knew this encouragement, especially on that Christmas at the airport, would get me through.   

Too Much Fun

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 3, 2008
I've heard of always being the bridesmaid but never the bride. Is there a similar saying that applies to always being the aunt and never the mom? When people ask why we don't have kids yet, I'll keep saying we're having too much fun trying.   

Lunch With Andrea

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 26, 2008
I couldn't believe Andrea was putting more salt on her French fries. We were having lunch together at the Frisch's on Glenway Avenue. She got the Big Boy platter but paid more money and substituted onion rings for the cole slaw. I had the salad bar that features, of course, iceberg lettuce.  

Obama, the Media and Us

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 19, 2008
America has spoken. Our next president is Barack Obama, and although I didn't vote for him I accept him as my president and hope for success unprecedented in the history of the United States. God knows we need success right now. I hope he's up to the task and leads all Americans to a renewed prosperity and continued safety.   

My Bartender and Bar Politics

8 Comments · Wednesday, November 12, 2008
I think that bartenders are like therapists for some people. You say things you wouldn't normally tell anybody else. That was my case with Laura. Over the three plus years I've known her she's seen just about every side of me. She listened to my ramblings and babblings beyond when she probably could stand it.  

The Invisible One

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Remember Billy Crystal's classic line from "When Harry Met Sally?" He said, "What I'm saying is — and this is not a come-on in any way, shape or form — is that men and women can't be friends because the sex part always gets in the way." For a while, I thought this was true.  

The Left View

1 Comment · Wednesday, October 29, 2008
When taking walks in my neighborhood in Westwood, I see political signs for U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot all over the place. I’m currently living in what’s considered a Republican and conservative community, but apparently we have a few Democrats here too. It does my heart good to see Steve Driehaus signs scattered here and there. I like the Driehaus television commercials. He often ends his TV.ads by saying, “Steve Chabot’s not a bad guy. He’s just been in Washington too long.”   

The Right View

1 Comment · Wednesday, October 22, 2008
America has a monumental decision coming up Nov. 4. Do we elect as our president - the theoretical leader of the free world and the individual who we expect to lead us to the Promised Land - an old guy who's been in public/political life for more than...  

Reflecting Over Crab Rangoon and Smiles

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 15, 2008
I'm sitting at the bar in Buddakhan restaurant at 713 Vine St. downtown. It's late Thursday afternoon, and I'm having my usual vodka and tonic. I'm starting to feel more relaxed, less grumpy. Maybe the surroundings have something to do with my improving mood.  

'The Day I Gave Up'

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Frank Leonhartsberger used to scream in his sleep. I knew this from my mother, who lived with him for a while. Born in Allentown, Pa., to immigrant parents, his father died when he was 3 years old. His mother took him back to her family home in Austria, just in time for the Anschluss, the takeover by Nazi Germany.  

Fountain Square and Parking Tickets

1 Comment · Wednesday, October 1, 2008
In 1871, Henry Probasco gave the city of Cincinnati the Genius of Water sculpture and fountain. Her home became Fountain Square, and the square has been the center of the Queen City ever since. Fountain Square has been renovated multiple times.  

Power Surge

0 Comments · Thursday, September 25, 2008
I moved to Westwood this past spring, and I like it just fine. That feeling didn't change on Sept. 14, when the electric power went off. As of this writing, it's still off. I guess we have Hurricane Ike to thank.   

Love and Marriage and Being Gay

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 23, 2008
My head’s killing me this morning. I have a headache because I’m thinking too much about same-sex marriages and all the judgmental crap that goes with it. I have Gary and William, my gay friends — indirectly — to thank for the Tylenol I’m taking. I met them in the fall of 1994.