FRIDAY DEC. 14: The Enquirer recently published a
six-part series on Barbara Joly, better known as the “Granny Robber.”
Joly is currently doing prison time for robbing banks back in 2008 to
support her adult son.
While contemplating the latest call for
the end of time, I realized that if, indeed, this truly is the end, then
I might be a bit more prepared to just sit back and say that it has
been one helluva ride.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed a measure into law that will
crack down on puppy mills — inhumane, large-scale dog breeding
operations run for profit, often resulting in severe neglect and abuse. CINCINNATI +1
I’m grateful to the GQ magazine reporter who asked Florida Sen. Marco Rubio about the age of the earth. It raises a vital question for a country
where significant numbers of Americans reject much of science from
creation to evolution.
I remember riding to Corsi Tree Farm way
out in Hamersville, Ohio, in those seats and stretching my short, stubby
legs. Today, the ride to Corsi makes me
claustrophobic. I can barely move; Dylan’s bony knees clank with mine.
Damn Dad’s long-legged McCartney gene. Toys have been swapped out for
smartphones, which keep us preoccupied on the long, coiling drive there.
THURSDAY DEC. 6: Cincinnatians often offend local
sensibilities when they travel to coastal states by calling soda “pop”
and refusing to let anyone off the hook if they profess to not thinking
chili spaghetti is better than cold-water lobster tail.
One of the main things that holds our
society together is trusting one another. We, as humans, rely on other
humans to follow established rules and do their “jobs,” whether it’s a
surgeon, a pilot, a cop or a politician (go ahead, giggle).
As a judge for this year’s Black Reel
Awards, I am screening the shorts and features up for
consideration, and at the conclusion of each new film I catch myself
swelling with real pride because, through these independently produced
films, I feel like the reflection I’ve been seeking sharpens as the
frames settle into place.