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The Mother Rose

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Petite and curvy, Mom looks startlingly young for her age. She wears a tricky shade of lipstick -- reddish brownish bronze. It suits her. A master cook, Mom thrives on contact with people. I can b  

Thanks Pops

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 11, 2008
My dad was working on his computer at the kitchen table when I showed up at my parents' house around 11 a.m. on Father's Day last year. Surprised at my relatively early arrival, Dad asked what got m  

Her Anonymous Life

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Suddenly, people are looking for her. Over the past few weeks, I've received three e-mails regarding an interview I did with writer D.B. Wells in CityBeat in early 2005. All three, each from a diff  

The Listening Gift

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Hear the water pour down from my roof, greeting the ground. Leftover rain disappears. A car, a truck. Machines growl in the distance. That dog just stopped barking. Workmen stomp down the fire esca  

The Problem I Have With Henry

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 21, 2008
I hang out a lot at Madonna's Bar and Grill downtown. Talking to regular customer Tony, trying to get inside my friend Izzy's head and giving bartender Laura a hard time are my idea of a good time.  

A Hot Potato

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 14, 2008
When I saw Doug walking around at Findlay Market last Wednesday, a sly smile came to my face. There was no doubt in my mind I'd approach him. Our friendship started more than 18 years ago. We work  

Wolfe and the Chicken Pot Pies

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 7, 2008
On warm spring nights, the place to be is the corner of Vine and Court streets downtown. Universal Grille has tables set up along the sidewalk, roped off so they can serve alcohol outside legally.   

Admit It: A Lousy Feminist

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 30, 2008
I turn, and a man is right there in front of me, pressing an "Admit One" carnival ticket into my hand. He lifts a voice recorder to my face. "Admit something," he says, his face expressionless. "  

She Was Somebody

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 23, 2008
As strange as it might seem, for the past few years I've started most mornings looking through the local obituaries online. On March 3, I finally could stop. My friend passed away. She was difficu  

Spreading the Chili Gospel

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 16, 2008
If there's one thing people from Cincinnati love, it's chili. We love eating it, and we love talking about it. Those of us who have moved away from the area have cans of chili and spice packets ma  

Spin the Bottle

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 9, 2008
It was the summer after sixth grade. A typical dog day in Cincinnati -- the land was parched, yellow and thirsty; I swore I could hear the grass make sucking sounds. All around, dry lips were crack  

The Pleasure of Her Company

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 2, 2008
After having a rather childish argument with a female friend, the smart thing for me would have been to simply go home. I seldom do the smart thing. There I was walking down Monmouth Street in New  

Cut Her Off

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 26, 2008
When I see hopeless drunks incapable of controlling their behavior or helping themselves, I've been known to step in and lend a helping hand. Guess it's my nature. The last time it happened, I wro  

I Found God in a Doughnut

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 19, 2008
As far as religion goes, some would say I'm a mess. Get this: Dad's Mom, Mimi, is a devout Catholic. At one time, she considered becoming a nun. At 91, armed with a wheelchair, she never misses Mas  

Kids Having Kids

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 12, 2008
When I was working on the "Bear" column that appeared here a few weeks ago, I wrote it in longhand one afternoon at the Main Library downtown. This is a luxury I usually don't have. More often tha