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Living Out Loud: : Drug Choices

The same kind of freedom

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 12, 2007
I was walking up East Eighth Street a few afternoons ago, heading toward the main library to return some books. I got stopped by an older man who asked for a cigarette. He had on a baseball cap, an  

Living Out Loud: : O Natalee, Where Art Thou?

Time to get out of Aruba

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 5, 2007
O Natalee, where art thou? Whatever. Two and a half years ago I cared a lot. Now, while I hope she's at peace and in a better place, I'm tired of the whole damn mess. When Natalee Holloway went m  

Living Out Loud: : Trashing the Uniform

Leaving behind the white cul-de-sac

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 28, 2007
I grew up in Anderson Township. Our subdivision was bustling, clean and safe. Swing sets everywhere. Toddlers played in well-groomed yards. Each house had character, and all of my playmates were wh  

Living Out Loud: : Protection

Father and Son

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 20, 2007
He's the parent of a teenager. His son plays football and is nearly finished with his sophomore year of high school. The son says football players get all the girls, and the father wants to believe  

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