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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.   

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Love Hurts

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Ooh ooh, love hurts. This relationship I'm having with a woman I love isn't working out. It's basically over. The reality is it's been over for months, but we kept trying -- or maybe I sh  

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Snook Came Home

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Excerpt from my memoir: When I was small, Mom rarely sat down. Ironing, cooking, cleaning, fixing her hair and makeup, she was always fiddling with something, never taking a break. So one afte  

Babies and Strollers

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 13, 2008
I live in Westwood these days but still find myself downtown often. On this particular Friday afternoon, I'm on a No. 6 bus heading in that direction.  

Tight Times

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 6, 2008
All this talk of a recession got me to thinking. Before the gas hike, people carelessly spent money as if dollar trees grew in the backyard.  

Made in Japan

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 30, 2008
When I got up that morning, a Sunday, I remembered it was her birthday. I tried to dismiss the thought. We were no longer what you'd consider friends.  

Seeing Cloud People

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 23, 2008
BY C.A. MacConnell | Posted 07/23/2008 Excerpt from my memoir: Dusk. When the days grew longer, when dark was not yet creeping up on the seven hills of Cincinnati, I escaped to the farmer's