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Living Out Loud: : William, Your Life is Calling

Seeing is believing

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 4, 2006
On Sept. 7 I turned 29 years old. This is the last year of my 20s, and I thank the good Lord for allowing me to see one more year. My 20s have been a pain in my narrow ass, yet I have learned a lo  

Living Out Loud: : Lost in Over-the-Rhine

Finding the good with the bad

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 27, 2006
I live in Clifton and usually take the 17 bus to Findlay Market, getting off at McMicken Avenue in Over-the-Rhine. On this particular afternoon, I stocked up on bananas, peaches, carrots, green pepp  

Living Out Loud: : Looking at the Past

The old friend

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 20, 2006
I've seen this guy walking around Clifton for maybe a month now. He's usually on the other side of the street, and I say to myself it can't possibly be him. Surely he's drunk himself to death by no  

Living Out Loud: : The Car Family

It's beyond transportation

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 13, 2006
At my family gatherings, we each drive separately, even when coming from the same house. We park cars in a haphazard, machine maze. Vehicles overflow driveways, spilling into the street. The offic  

Living Out Loud: : Where Everybody Knows Your Name

Clifton's Gaslight District

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 6, 2006
Very soon I'll be coming up on five years living in Clifton's Gaslight District. For the most part, it's been an enjoyable time. I like living in a community that's very urban, has a lot of diversi  

Living Out Loud: : Into His Eyes

The firefighter

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 30, 2006
I walked across Elm towards the union office of Local 48 on Eighth Street. I'd gotten tired of waiting in the reception area of CityBeat for an appointment I'd made. I was antsy and thought maybe I  

Living Out Loud: : Reefer Madness

Examining a silly law

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Last Friday night, I met up with a buddy downtown, went to a bar and had a few drinks. Well, let's say my friend had a few. The vodka and tonics were tasting pretty good, and maybe I overdid it a b  

Living Out Loud: : New Rules

Suggestions to make me less cranky

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 16, 2006
I've never met Bill Maher, the host of Real Time on HBO, but I think we have one thing in common: We're both a bit cranky. On his show (returning August 25), there's a segment entitled "New Rules,"  

Living Out Loud: : Trashin' the 'Nati

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 9, 2006
In some circles, I've become known as a Cincinnati basher. No doubt bar owner and former Cincinnati City Council candidate Nick Spencer feels this way, but I'm simply trying to raise awareness abou  

Living Out Loud: : Peace Work

Help Me Get Arrested

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 2, 2006
I know I'd like to subpoena George W. Bush, but that's as far as I've gotten. To cross-examine the president, I first need a trial. To have a trial, I must first get arrested -- and that's where I  

Living Out Loud: : Passing Gas

Men and public restrooms

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 26, 2006
I haven't done a Google search to see if anyone else has ever written about this or not. Maybe it's something people don't want to talk about. But I will, because I'm becoming irritated when it hap  

Living Out Loud: : Life in a Shoebox

My new daughter

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 19, 2006
I sent her a message an hour ago and now find myself hitting the inbox link on my e-mail over and over again. Nothing new comes in. I hope she returns the message. Our correspondence has been thin  

Living Out Loud: All Dogs Go to Heaven

Sunday morning on Dixie Highway

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 12, 2006
When I laid the dog down on the sidewalk, I knew it was dying or already dead. Now, weeks later, I'm trying to come to terms with what I saw and how I handled it. In early May, a friend asked me t  

Living Out Loud: : Paper or Plastic?

Register 1

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 5, 2006
Jack's been coming into this grocery store for the past five years, ever since he moved to Clifton. While he doesn't necessarily know all the employee names, he does know their faces and will often  

Living Out Loud: : I've Been Busy

Watching Television

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Here I am on deadline and don't know what the hell to write about. The last several days have flown by and I haven't put any thought into this column whatsoever. Please understand. I've been busy