My Only Uncle John Thomas Hill (1936-2015)

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Well, I took him for granted — strong, strapping and chiseled from the black coal of Chattaroy, West Virginia, as he was and had always been.  

Worst Week Ever! Aug. 12-18

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Jailed labor force financially benefits Clermont County; Shakespeare likely high on weed a lot; Papa John's settles with delivery drivers after shorting them for a while; Mayor Cranley appoints guy to Historic Conservation Board who loves tearing down old buildings; Rabbit Hash frets over proposed Rising Star Casino ferry plan.

How Does It Feel?

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Dear Santa Ono: At the risk of putting everybody all up in our business, I am writing you this as a sincere favor — to help you by telling you some key things about yourself, your current station and ways you can redeem yourself and the University of Cincinnati.   

Worst Week Ever! Aug. 5-11

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Robot umpires make their debut; a Texas man shoots an armadillo and receives instant karma; Kraft Singles launches a recall; the contents of the bottle in Sam DuBose's car is analyzed; and the New York Times explains why women feel cold in the office.

Acceptable Risks

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 29, 2015
The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart understands his audience.

Media Musings From Cincinnati and Beyond

0 Comments · Thursday, July 23, 2015
If overwhelming talent and performance aren’t enough to outsell “slender, blonde,” that’s the story is and the Times missed it.

William H. Cosby Jr. vs. The Cos

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Bill Cosby created The Cos — perhaps unofficially in the early 1970s, after breaking a color barrier by being cast in in I Spy in 1965 — as a means of convincing us he wasn’t at all like that lecherous curmudgeon Bill Cosby. Again.

Lucy, Chad, Nicole and the Quest for Medicine

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Lucy Scholten is a beautiful girl: long, thick, dark eyelashes; a big, round face; long limbs. She has grown considerably in the few years I have known her folks.

Media Musings From Cincinnati and Beyond

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Obviously, the editor who wrote the headline on Wednesday’s Food cover page for the Enquirer didn’t read Polly Campbell’s story about the Woman’s City Club. 

Conventional Wisdom and Language

0 Comments · Thursday, July 9, 2015
Listening to Morning Edition on WVXU, I was struck by a black Baptist pastor’s word choice when asked about the Supreme Court 5-4 ruling on same-sex marriage. He helped crystalize something that has been bothering me about the whole debate: “Holy matrimony.”  

Summer Breeze

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 8, 2015
I detest summer in Cincinnati. Whenever I hear sirens — and living on a boisterous corner of Woodburn Avenue for the past 13 years I hear plenty of sirens — I think: Cincinnati police must be taxed and overworked.  

Worst Week Ever! July 08-14

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Many Americans grew sick and tired of University of Kentucky fans bragging and acting like they were the ones boxing out and draining three-pointers during the Wildcats’ impressive undefeated run through the regular college basketball season this year.  


0 Comments · Wednesday, July 1, 2015
All things being equal, I am mightily confused by America, but also greatly enamored with Her. She has fooled around and redeemed herself to a great many of Her people.  

The Slippery Slope of Journalistic Ethics

0 Comments · Thursday, June 25, 2015
Journalists live on a slippery slope when it come to ethics. 

Larry Gross: Charles Bukowski, Neat

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 24, 2015
If Charles Bukowski had a cousin who was slightly less self-destructive, not at all a womanizer and who lurked in the deeper shadows of Bukowski, writing in the margins, it would have been Larry Gross.