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Living Out Loud: : All In the Name of Friendship

Peeing in a cup

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Those who know me know I take friendships very seriously. For a friend, short of murdering someone, I'll do just about anything -- including urinating on his or her behalf. I have a good friend wh  

Living Out Loud: : Come June

Putting my living where my mouth is

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 9, 2007
By Larry Gross Where the hell does the time go? I turned around last week and suddenly realized I've become an old geezer. I had a birthday. Turned 53. While that doesn't exactly make me old, I'm n  

Living Out Loud: : A Belated "You're Welcome"

The Birthday Gift

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 2, 2007
So there I was, holding the postcard that U.P.S. had sent me. It claimed they had sent what I told you, dear brother, they were going to send. But I pity the fool who believes that. As my brother, y  

Living Out Loud: : The Blacksburg I Know

A presence of peace

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 25, 2007
When I turned on the television and viewed the news that 32 people died in a Virginia Tech classroom in Blacksburg, I thought at first it was a movie. I changed the channel repeatedly, making sure.  

Living Out Loud: : We Have a Situation Here

Doug and the looker

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Doug was slowly nursing his second beer at a seedy Covington bar. He came into the place that afternoon to meet up with Paul, who owed him 50 bucks. Doug wasn't all that familiar with Covington and  

Living Out Loud: : A Lion in Winter

The talk with a stranger

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 11, 2007
The old man picked a bad time to come into the store. We were short-handed on that Monday morning, and I was anxious to leave my part-time consulting job at Elgin Office Equipment downtown because   

Living Out Loud: : A Simple Tale


0 Comments · Wednesday, April 4, 2007
The monks sat on a platform around an open area. They faced outward toward the sea. They were on an island, so each of them faced the ocean. What were they protecting? A village dog. A village dog   

Living Out Loud: What's Best About Cincinnati?

Taking it to the streets - sort of

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 28, 2007
When people start to recognize me on the street, that's when I think I've been writing this column too long. I was standing outside 810 Main St. downtown, smoking a cigarette and taking a break fr  

Living Out Loud: : Sleepwalking

Knives for cotton swabs and Parmesan cheese for coffee

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 14, 2007
For a while now, I've carried a knife. During my horse training years, knives were essential tools. Three times a day, hay bale twine had to be cut to feed the horses. Bare hands couldn't break twi  

Living Out Loud: : "Hello, Plastic or Plastic?"

Standing in line at Keller's

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 7, 2007
The line is rather long this evening, and I could try to sneak by in the 15-items-or-less lane but the thing is I have at least 20 items, and the girl at the register seems to always take notice of  

Living Out Loud: : History and Friendships

Sub: Learning from Sammy

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Susan and I happened to meet on a sidewalk downtown last week. She and I worked together back in 1994, and I probably haven't seen her in almost 10 years. I asked if she still stayed in touch with   

Living Out Loud: : Journal -- February 13, 2007

Just another Tuesday

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 21, 2007
4:00 a.m. -- I get out of bed pretty much at the normal time. Spend about an hour or so drinking coffee and working on my novel. I do my best writing in the morning, or so I lie to myself. 5:00 a  

Living Out Loud: : Sex, AIDS and Happiness


0 Comments · Wednesday, February 14, 2007
It wasn't a shock when I heard my cousin was dying. It wasn't a shock when I heard he had died. I guess it helps, not being surprised. Really, though,I don't think I've fully accepted that my favo  

Living Out Loud: : Me? A Blogger?

And no, I'm not the LOL Girl

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 7, 2007
This time last year, if you were to ask me if I wanted to be a blogger, I would have said you were damn crazy. Sure, there are some blogs I read and frequent almost everyday, but me doing it? Being  

Living Out Loud: : Anxiety Attack

Becoming the person I set myself up to be

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Have you ever had one of those days where you feel like you're doing everything wrong, everyone knows it and you're a complete idiot? If you have, then I want to welcome you to the past six months