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Laughing and Crying With Uncle Al

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Thanks, Uncle Al, for all the great memories not only for me but for so many Cincinnatians here now, long gone and never forgotten. You're gone now, too, even though we've been missing you for almost 25 years. We'll try to hold on to the good memories. There was so much we shared.  

Big Costs, Empty Seats

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Cincinnati City Councilwoman Leslie Ghiz has an idea: Let's elect our council members. Seems like a great idea, huh? Straight out of the Democracy 101 textbook. Problem is, most city council members are already elected and the alternative to the current system has two shocking options: big costs and empty seats.   

Free Doritos, Instant Fame

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Joe Herbert was grinning ear-to-ear Feb. 12 inside the Southeastern Indiana YMCA gymnasium in Batesville. He had about 50 people in a never-shortening line of admirers, all with either a Doritos promotional card with he and his brothers photo surrounded by a sea of Doritos bags or, even better, a newly-open copy of their board game, Triviathon.  

You Can't Communicate Too Much

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 11, 2009
My recent attendance at a casual junior high school reunion might indicate to some that I'm a true Westsider. I would say it has more to do with me being a Facebooker. If you haven't checked your tweets on Twitter, friended your friends, updated your status, combed over your RSS feeds or checked out your YouTube channel, social networking is taking over the Internet. Everyone is doing it: Even my 65-year-old mother, who still refuses to get an ATM card.  

Obama to the Rescue?

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 4, 2009
The world is screwed. I can't help but feel that way after listening to Richard Cressey, president of Washington, D.C.-based Good Harbor Consulting and a regular NBC News analyst, talk about the state of the world on Feb. 2 and how things could change under a new Obama administration.  

Greening the Present and the Future

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Amazingly, with all that ills the world today and the repeated missteps of the Bush administration leaving a wake of messes to clean up everywhere, President Obama says getting greener is a priority for our country. That hum you're hearing might be the collective sigh of green-conscious people everywhere coupled with the big one let out by Mother Earth herself.  

Finding Peace of Mind in the Dark

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Paranormal just seems abnormal. That's why when I pulled up alongside a car with "Got Ghosts?" and "Ohio Paranormal Exploration Society" stickers on its side my curiosity was piqued. I'd been invited to an investigation in Clermont County at a house-turned-business office.  

Why Focus on YPs?

3 Comments · Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Young professionals, the creative class, punks who think they own the city … whatever you call them or want to be called, these twenty- and thirty- and sometimes as late as freshly fiftysomethings have been recognized as a key demographic for keeping Greater Cincinnati competitive in a global marketplace.  

Winds of Political Change in 2009

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 7, 2009
As I learned working on a political campaign this fall, guessing is a genuine art form for politicos of all stripes. Each person guesses over another's guess about what might happen next, and the cycle continues ad nauseam. Accuracy is fine and all that, but speculation and rumor-mongering is much more fun. In that spirit, here are my predictions for 2009.  

Trying to Make an Impact

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Starting out in this print business 10 years ago, I worked Christmas Day at The Cincinnati Enquirer. Besides the overtime pay, I enjoyed working major holidays because usually there was nothing to do. On this one day, I remember, I decided to pull the newsroom TVs out their cubbyholes to dust behind them.  

West End Gets Noticed for Talent

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 23, 2008
There are plenty of things missing from 'The Last Shot' — flashy graphics, slick Hollywood production and Academy Award-winning acting, to name a few — but the people involved in it are amateurs with big dreams. What's so amazing about this new movie about teenage life filmed in the West End is the story behind the story.   

Thanks for the Feedback. Really.

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 17, 2008
One of the great delights of being published in a widely read publication is the occasional communication from readers. Journalists, as if clarification is needed, are a curious bunch wrought with variably sized egos and a determined sense of right and wrong.  

What Teachers Teach Us

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Few people have a bigger impact on those they work with than teachers. I know that for certain now, as if I needed any further proof. On Dec. 7 I was invited to speak to a group of retired teachers from Colerain Elementary, where I attended kindergarten through sixth grade. Turns out a few in the group read my published writing and wanted me to share my experiences, as they put it, from Colerain Elementary to writing this illustrious column for CityBeat.   

To Serve and to Protect

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Every day, each time the "tones drop" and dispatchers set off the alarms in a firehouse, men and women drop what they're doing and come to the aid of their fellow citizens. Many times they're false alarms, but on those occasions when it really matters we're glad they come running with flashing lights and blaring sirens.   

Holiday Wishes for Cincinnati

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Thank God for the holidays. If it weren't for He/She/It and a soon-to-be former Senator from Illinois, the world would be very short on hope and promise as we collectively embark on another new year.