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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   

Living Out Loud: : The Out-of-Towner

Sunday downtown

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Seeing Lucille again was going to be fun. She was a friend of my twin brother's, and we became friends after his death 12 years ago. Like my brother did, she lives in Seattle. Through the years, we  

Living Out Loud: : The Other Side

Abandoned by God

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 17, 2007
"What if it's already happened?" the old man asked me. I'm usually one to ignore random outbursts like this on the bus. It's either that, or I'm a million miles away, spaced out on my iPod and look  

Living Out Loud: : Dying Alone

Mr. Gillis and his son

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 10, 2007
When we found Mr. Gillis, he'd been dead for several days. In his bed, he had the sheets pulled up over his head like he knew he was going to die. This happened the week before Christmas. The compa  

Living Out Loud: : Manners for an Appetizer

"Smile, William"

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 3, 2007
Let me make one point very clear: Because you have money doesn't mean you have class. No sooner than I started the job, I ended it, couldn't give the customary two weeks' notice before I said my goo  

Living Out Loud: : Thank you, Miss Jake

We need more people like you

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 27, 2006
When I hear people say that Cincinnati is a friendly town, I usually roll my eyes and say, "Yeah, right." I don't think people are friendly here at all. Most people I come in contact with seem upti  

Living Out Loud: : His Bic Pen & the Future

More conversation with the award-winning novelist Richard Ford

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Back in late October, I had the pleasure of talking to Richard Ford about his new book, The Lay of the Land, which had just been released and for which he had begun a long book tour that continue