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Thanks and Giving

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 25, 2014
The holidays aren’t complete without the macabre sight of our neediest brothers and sisters lined up all over town in inclement weather waiting for handouts — boxes of food, a turkey, clothing, maybe a voucher or two for free furniture.  

Should I Die Tomorrow

0 Comments · Monday, November 3, 2014
I think the older you get, the more you put things in proper prospective and today, in late October, I’m thinking about my life and also the people I love that’s been in it.   

Kids in the Kitchen

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 17, 2014
By now, the staggeringly high childhood obesity rates in this country should come as a surprise to no one, and neither should the health issues that go hand-in-hand with what’s become the most common chronic childhood disease, affecting more than 30 percent of children in the U.S.   

A Brother and a Sister in Arms (Veterans Day Flashback)

1 Comment · Wednesday, November 13, 2013
He sat on that tiny chair across from me and poured tea and talked to me in the blackest British accent that was awesome and made me giggle. He turned up the pinky finger of his drinking hand and kept my little cup filled. (I took lemon and sugar.)  

Other Desert Cities (Review)

Running hot and cold

1 Comment · Thursday, September 5, 2013
The white-hot heat of a family tearing itself apart, the cold fear of submerged emotions spilling forth — these elements fuel this powerful drama.  

Aunt & Circumstance

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 5, 2013
 And even in the vestiges of his boyhood in his overtures toward independence, he does what all our children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews among him do. He is looking for his family. Even when he is letting go, he is holding on.   

The Other Sister

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 8, 2013
While my sister and I may share the same last name, same sense of humor and same freckled cheeks, our stories couldn’t be any more different.  

The Hours

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 12, 2013
 What work ethic I have — especially the stamina and energy to plow through until the end — I got from her. Our mother never stopped. My three blood siblings and the four stepchildren she raised can all attest to the fact that she never stopped parenting us.  

State of the Art

Cincinnati-based authors Marjorie Celona and Leah Stewart drop new novels

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 13, 2013
 Marjorie Celona’s Y and Leah Stewart’s The History of Us are more than just novels by writers who happen to be female; they’re sensitive, psychologically complex works that deal the nature of identity in ways both singular and incisive.   

Family Tree

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 12, 2012
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.    

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