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How Will the Story of Katrina Define Us?

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 5, 2005
When Hurricane Katrina struck Aug. 29, I wasn't anywhere near the Gulf Coast. I was at home in air conditioning watching it on television, cable news, 24/7. My friend Wayne thought this natural dis  

Tearing Down Paradise

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 7, 2005
I love to walk by the School for Creative and Performing Arts in late spring, when the lush climbing roses scale the fence on East 14th Street to provide a heady profusion of color, beauty and scent  

The City's Blood Flows Through Kaldi's

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 3, 2005
According to Greek legend, it was a goatherd named Kaldi who accidentally stumbled onto the stimulating effects of eating coffee beans. After too many cups of Kaldi's Coffeehouse's house blend and s  

The Heart of Friendship

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 6, 2005
I spent a week in San Francisco at the end of June, bathed in temperate breezes and surrounded by beauty: alabaster palaces draped in purple bougainvillea and oleander, marinas of white sail boats p  

Pester Flatt and the Magic of Good Writing

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 1, 2005
When the first letter appeared in my mailbox at WNKU radio, where I do a program at 6-9 Sunday evenings, I was amused. But I read it and chuckled. The writer signed himself "Pester Flatt." (If you   

A Good Neighbor - Guest

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 9, 2005
Kaldi's Coffehouse and Bookstore has sold its liquor license, and even the bums are feeling the pinch. Last week, when the lights started going out by 7 p.m., guys like Ricardo, our friendly StreetV  

If venerable Jazz club the Blue Wisp leaves Cincinnati, the local Jazz scene will have a hole in its heart

0 Comments · Thursday, February 21, 2002
Downtown Cincinnati is hemorrhaging like a chicken with its head cut off. While city officials are hovering their wings protectively over Saks Fifth Avenue, they're about to possibly lose the Blue W  

A local musician reflects on the current resurgence of Bluegrass

0 Comments · Thursday, October 25, 2001
I was pleasantly surprised to see that the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards has added a separate Bluegrass category to this year's nominations. Bluegrass is booming, what with everybody from Dolly Pa  

Local chanteuse Mary Ellen Tanner still has the good stuff

0 Comments · Thursday, October 18, 2001
Mary Ellen Tanner and I are very different people. I'm a puppy dog when it comes to audiences. I take liberties with melodies, rhythm, only asking the band to trust me. Mary Ellen, is always, alw  

News: Working Through the Panic

And dealing with loss

0 Comments · Thursday, September 27, 2001
I was asleep Sept. 11 when the telephone rang and a friend said, "Turn on your television," then hung up. It was the terrorist attack on New York City, certainly a mind-boggling act of violence, and