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Star Power in a Name

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 20, 2006
People laughed when Prince changed his name during the mid-1990s to an unpronounceable symbol that was a combination of the iconic representations of male and female. Primarily, the move was a sign  

The Wolfe in Me

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Due to the circumstances of my birth, I'd been imprisoned in the mountains. I spent my childhood there serving a sentence without a prescribed term limit. I was afforded a few weeks away during the  

Mickey Walks Over-the-Rhine

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Congratulations to John Pepper. Just when you think one man has done it all -- former Procter & Gamble CEO, Boston Scientific Corporation board member, Yale University vice president, Executive Comm  

Wedding Sequel

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 21, 2006
I'm trying to figure out where the cameras are. I feel like I'm starring in the sequel to Four Weddings and a Funeral, a project that could provide a nice boost to the local economy and the regional  

Hearing Voices

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Monday afternoons I teach an afterschool writing class for InkTank to a group of teenage boys. The assignment appealed to me because it was pitched as an experimental format. There was no set curric  

Answer the Question of U

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Long before leading the Revolution, briefly giving up his slave name, using his facial hair to brand himself a corporate slave and slipping into the dawn's early invisibility after playing music's v  

Remembering Kindred's Spirit

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 15, 2006
I read about the death of Octavia Butler online. A brief headline announcement linked me to a longer acknowledgment of her life and contributions as one of science fiction's maverick writers, this   

Nothing New: A Love Story

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 15, 2006
I crashed the online dating scene. No, I wasn't trying some player's end-around like Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson in Wedding Crashers. Nor was I looking for a fast time or some Neo-fied version of T  

Going to School Old School

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Being the first in your family to go to college used to mean something. There were the obstacles to overcome. Everyone always points to the financial burden, which was significant and remains so, b  

Homes for the Holidays

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 21, 2005
I've been thinking lately about embracing a personally forgotten aspect of the holiday season. I want to go home again, despite the sentiment expressed by fellow Asheville, N.C., native Thomas Wolfe  

Dead Ends

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Not that long ago, I woke up on Sunday mornings, loaded my five-disc changer with the likes of Cassandra Wilson, Anne Dudley and Jaz Coleman, Etta James, Pat Metheny and Nicky Holland and picked my   

Revisiting Genius

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 19, 2005
He asked, "Who are you?" Good question, but I wasn't the subject of this peculiar exchange. That would be Marc Anthony Thompson, aka Chocolate Genius. A ghost in my machine. The prophet who proffer  

Creative Recall

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 21, 2005
It's been five years since I moved to Cincinnati. There's no need to present a "woe is me" vibe, because I'm still jonesing for the big city, but I'd be less than honest if I didn't acknowledge the  

American Family (The Al Green Remix)

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 17, 2005
The older I get, the more I find myself longing for the bygone days of my youth. That sounds more than a little musty coming from a not quite oldhead (don't let the premature grey distinguishing my   

Running in the Family

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 20, 2005
Completing a marathon sounds impressive. I've done four. I like to call myself a runner, but I'm just good enough to be dangerous to myself. At least I'm aware of my ability. Of the four, the last