Whatever It Takes

You read a lot of writers who talk about the need to write every day. At first you don’t believe them. At least I didn’t. Every day? Writing isn’t supposed to be a chore. It’s something you do for fun. It’s art. Inspiration. Blah, blah, … [Read more...]

We are the sleeping giant

It’s Day Eleven of the new world. We’re still here. It still snows and we are all delighted. There’s still music and food and the river and Joe Biden memes and friends. We are scared and our fears are more than justified. There have been at least 71 … [Read more...]

The unimaginable

It’s day three in our new American nightmare. The thing we could not possibly imagine has happened. Again this morning I woke up and let the reality settle in. Yes, we did this. We elected him. This is happening. This is real. This is not a hot … [Read more...]

What I love about Stranger Things

Jeff and I finished watching the new Netflix series, Stranger Things, on Thursday night, giving me plenty of time to reflect on the show and mourn that it's over (at least for now). Here's a list of some of the things I loved about this show: … [Read more...]

A walk along the river in July, or things that are real

This July, I can't get up early enough to beat the heat for my morning walk. Well, I guess I could, but this morning, I didn't. I got down to the river around 8:30 and the fog hadn't quite burnt off. It was one of those mornings when the water is so … [Read more...]

The Great Macaron Experiment: Prologue

So there's life before you've tasted a macaron and life after you've tasted a macaron. I discovered this last November in Savannah, which seems an entirely appropriate place to cross the great macaron divide. I had heard talk of macarons, mostly from … [Read more...]

Things I love: my desk

Sometimes the world seems like an eternal crap-storm and there's absolutely nothing we can do to make it better. Sometimes the days stretch out empty and you have no idea how to fill them. Sometimes you can glimpse happiness around the corner, like … [Read more...]

Why I love the Reds

If you’ve read my short story chapbook, The Face of Baseball, you might have figured out that I’m a Reds fan. There was never a lot of choice in the matter. I was born across the river in Kentucky, still safely Reds country. We went to a game every … [Read more...]

Why I no longer want Audrey Hepburn’s body

Last weekend, our re-booted local movie palace, The Ohio Theater, showed the first movie in their new incarnation as a non-profit. The movie was Charade, with Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant. A great flick and a great crowd. I’ve always loved Cary … [Read more...]

Key West, Day One

How do you travel and what do you travel for? When I was younger, I thought traveling would make me happy. Then I realized you take yourself with you wherever you go. It's harder than you think to leave misery at home, so best to get rid of the … [Read more...]