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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  

Heavy Petting

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Dear Abby said that a girl could get knocked up from something called heavy petting. She didn't use the phrase "knocked up." She did say "heavy petting." I didn't know what heavy petting meant. L  

The Metro Bus Ruined Me

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 27, 2008
One factor that went into my choice for a new winter coat this year was whether or not the young kids who ride the Metro bus would respect me. I look like a scarf-wearing college boy when I step o  

Bear

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 20, 2008
When I walk into Madonna's on a Thursday afternoon, I can tell the mood is serious. I don't pay much attention. I'm on my cell phone talking over a story idea with a friend. Bartender Laura quickl  

Sit or Spin III

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Last month at the Laundromat, while sorting my clothes for the washer, I gave up, stuffing socks and shirts wherever they freaking fit. Trouble came marching toward me while I slipped coins in slot  

Dancing on the Ceiling

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Just when I think I've seen it all, someone like Jeremy Allen Millsaps shows up. Then I'm amazed all over again at the range of artistic activity that proliferates in a buttoned-down city like Cinc