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Six Ways to Fight the Fiscal Cliff with Holiday Spirit

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 20, 2012
With tax hikes and spending cuts known as the “fiscal cliff” on the horizon and a Congress that has been unwilling to meet under the mistletoe to decide how they will rear the 2013 New Year’s Budget-Baby, it seems that we as citizens need to provide our elected officials an example of how to kiss and make up this holiday season.  

On Living Alone: Nine Kooky Realities

1 Comment · Wednesday, November 14, 2012
While living situations in our twenties are often characterized by constant human interaction, there comes a time when circumstance will send us diving head-first into a life living alone, which, at times, feels like a behind-the-scenes look into the life of Tom Hanks’ character in Castaway.

Unscientific Election Poll: Paint Norway Blue

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Despite the garbage that is thrown about in the run-up to Election Day, I love the American presidential race. It turns out that Norwegians are well-informed about the elections.

The State of Rednecksploitation

1 Comment · Wednesday, October 31, 2012
The evolution of the word “redneck” seems to be in flux. And until it stretches further into “offensive” territory, there are plenty of people willing to exploit the concept of the word. The barometer of exploitation is nowhere more evident than in the world of reality TV.   

Costume Conundrums

2 Comments · Wednesday, October 24, 2012
A woman must be tempting, society tells us, but not too tempting. The balance is a fine one; crossing that “threshold” — whatever it is — has led to slut-shaming and women-bashing rape apologia in a way that renders trying to understand that balance completely futile.    

Nolstagia for a Time We Never Knew

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 17, 2012
For as long as I can remember, I’ve wished I had been alive in a different era. The fantasy to experience my life in another time period ignited with my obsession with American Girl books, historical fiction “chapter books” about young women of different eras.   

Booze-Hounding for Dollars

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 10, 2012
I first developed a problem with alcohol when I was 16 and received a DUI. It’s a problem that I’ve had to live with ever since. I’ve had long, happy periods of sobriety and I’ve had long, gut-wrenching stretches when I’ve been a textbook alcoholic.   

Girl, (In)dependent

2 Comments · Wednesday, October 3, 2012
And yet, there are some corners of relationship Hannah to which that ’tude hasn’t yet stretched, and I’m trying to figure out if that makes me a little bit of a hypocrite. 

The Day the Bengals Played the Browns

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 26, 2012
I looked around the bus. There weren’t many people sitting next to others, but there was no one else sitting next to someone of a different race.   

How to Maintain Friendship with a Republican (or Democrat)

1 Comment · Wednesday, September 19, 2012
We’ve all been there. You’re just minding your own business, killing time on the Internet, when you see “4 friends like this” beneath Mitt Romney’s shining visage. First comes the feeling of shock, then anger. Before you shed a single tear and click “Hide all updates from this user” or — gasp! — “Unfriend,” stop what you’re doing.  

Pop is Alive (Get Over It)

2 Comments · Wednesday, September 12, 2012
You know what I like? Pop music. Some of you may be judging me right now and, for that, I’m judging you in return. There is absolutely no legitimate reason to dislike Pop.  

R.I.P. Metromix :’(

2 Comments · Wednesday, September 5, 2012
The decision to publish an entertainment weekly was largely seen as an attempt by Gannett to take marketshare from altweeklies like CityBeat and similar papers in other cities. In non-industry speak, Gannett was trying to kill us.   

The Best Day of the Year

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 29, 2012
For participants in the 2012 Cincinnati Loser League, Sunday, Aug. 26 was a special day — we had our annual fantasy football draft, and it was more important than a lot of stuff.   


0 Comments · Wednesday, August 22, 2012
If a public figure’s name is trending on Twitter, you can generally assume one of the following: They just cut their hair (GASP!), updated their relationship status or died.   

Douchebaggery Springs Eternal: How Rudeness Defines You

1 Comment · Wednesday, August 15, 2012
When my daughter and I spent our first night together in the hospital, I gave her an extensive overview of what this life thing is all about. I began my lecture (it was a fairly one-sided conversation) with five essential words of advice: “Always be nice to people.”