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A Hot Potato

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 14, 2008
When I saw Doug walking around at Findlay Market last Wednesday, a sly smile came to my face. There was no doubt in my mind I'd approach him. Our friendship started more than 18 years ago. We work  

She Was Somebody

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 23, 2008
As strange as it might seem, for the past few years I've started most mornings looking through the local obituaries online. On March 3, I finally could stop. My friend passed away. She was difficu  

The Pleasure of Her Company

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 2, 2008
After having a rather childish argument with a female friend, the smart thing for me would have been to simply go home. I seldom do the smart thing. There I was walking down Monmouth Street in New  

Cut Her Off

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 26, 2008
When I see hopeless drunks incapable of controlling their behavior or helping themselves, I've been known to step in and lend a helping hand. Guess it's my nature. The last time it happened, I wro  

Vanilla Bright Like Eminem (Review)

Micheal Faber (Harcourt)

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Michael Faber is new to me, but he's not a new writer: He's written four novels, and 'Vanilla Bright Like Eminem' is his second collection of short stories. If this book is a reflection on his earlier work, then I have some catching up to do.   

Kids Having Kids

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 12, 2008
When I was working on the "Bear" column that appeared here a few weeks ago, I wrote it in longhand one afternoon at the Main Library downtown. This is a luxury I usually don't have. More often tha  

Bear

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 20, 2008
When I walk into Madonna's on a Thursday afternoon, I can tell the mood is serious. I don't pay much attention. I'm on my cell phone talking over a story idea with a friend. Bartender Laura quickl  

Darlene Showed Me the Way

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 30, 2008
For some reason, I've been running into my past lately -- people I thought were long gone from my life. It's a little unnerving at times as it brings back some memories I'd just as soon forget, but  

Shhhhh!

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 16, 2008
I step off the No. 18 bus at Eighth and Walnut streets downtown. This is the morning after New Year's Day, and there's snow on the ground. It's windy and cold as hell. I decide to go to the Main P  

Smile

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 2, 2008
During the holidays, a friend and I went over to Cosmo's in Covington to have a few drinks. Crystal, our regular barmaid, has gotten to know me well enough to offer an honest observation. I notice