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Living Out Loud: : Thinking of Patti Deutsch

An early morning downtown

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Why actress Patti Deutsch came into my mind tonight -- and when I say tonight, I really mean at 2 in the morning -- I have no idea. Here I am sitting at my desk thinking of her. I'm at my desk beca  

Living Out Loud: : Cigars, Zippos, Tonic Water and the Mute

A walk to the Garfield Market

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Writing this column isn't always easy, especially when I can't think of anything to say. I'm having one of those days. Staring at a blank computer screen isn't helping, and I need to get my cat so  

Living Out Loud: : A Place Among Friends

Allen's Barbershop

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 31, 2007
When my hair begins to resemble the mane of a deranged circus clown, my wife has to use a special machete to keep it under control. Her special machete is effective against high grass, jungle vine  

Living Out Loud: : Love Will Keep Us Together

The father and his son

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Difficult to watch and impossible to deal with, the situation came to an end for me last month. I said goodbye to the father and his son. It wasn't my idea to leave the consulting job ­ I was  

Living Out Loud: : 200, 5 Years and Going on 10

Something happens called life

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 17, 2007
This column is in the print edition of CityBeat twice a month; but when we first started out, we were a Web-only type of thing. Since you clicked on us here today, I want you to know you're reading  

Living Out Loud: : That Cincinnati Vibe

When outsiders come to visit

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 10, 2007
I don't want any of you thinking I spend all my time hanging out at Madonna's on Seventh Street downtown. Maybe I do, but I don't want you thinking it. There I was again on a Friday afternoon, sho  

Living Out Loud: : A Tale from the Hood

Examining a life in OTR

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 3, 2007
It was another depressing night.  Once again, I was stuck at home changing another dirty diaper. I stared out of my cracked bedroom window and watched my life pass through the night. I live wit  

Living Out Loud: : Hiding Behind the Mask

Being Human

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 26, 2007
I got news of her death through an e-mail. On a Thursday afternoon, a friend of a friend let me know she had died of cancer. I knew she was sick, but I didn't think she would ever die. I thought he  

Living Out Loud: : Fall of the Toy Soldiers

Understanding our troops

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 19, 2007
I saw the faceless names as they appeared in the daily newspapers. They read: Bryan Taylor, Tyler Swisher, Gregory Rogers and Nicholas Erdy. These are the names of warriors who made the ultimate s  

Living Out Loud: : He Thinks I'm Doing Coke

First Date moments

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Why is it that when we enter the realm of the "first date moments," all sense of maturity and grace evaporates? I'm not talking about teenagers at the movies. I'm talking about grownups -- 30, 40 an  

Living Out Loud: : Jail Bait

Dying in Jail Alley

1 Comment · Wednesday, September 5, 2007
It seemed like any other early morning in Over-the-Rhine. I was headed to my office on a warm, sticky Thursday while thinking about the upcoming weekend. As I got out of my car, I was greeted by th  

Living Out Loud: : Cubicles and Co-Workers

Welcome to my white collar zoo

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 29, 2007
If you're employed as an office worker, I'm sure you have experienced the pleasures of working with many different personalities. I've spent nearly 10 years of my life stuck in a cubicle. As with a  

Living Out Loud: : Pretty in Pink

Crazy eyes

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 22, 2007
It's a hot August morning. I'm waiting at the bus stop where Warsaw Avenue meets St. Lawrence Avenue in Price Hill. A young girl walks up to me and pulls up her low-cut blouse to show me the rest   

Living Out Loud: : The Privileged Athlete

They are not better people

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Earlier in the year I saw an interesting sports headline. It claimed that the game was over for Pacman Jones of the Tennessee Titans. I guess after so many of its players being arrested last year t  

Living Out Loud: : The Thunder Rolls

A writer's life

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 8, 2007
I'm working on a story when I receive an e-mail from my daughter canceling lunch plans again. Feeling frustrated, I don't respond back. At my writing desk, heavy rain, lighting and thunder make me