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The Tao of Steve
Winners never quit, and quitters never win. So said Vince Lombardi, anyway. It’s a tidy adage that may resonate in the locker room at halftime, but not, I would argue, in the broader arena of life. Often, quitting is exactly the thing to do, even in sports. I should know. ...
Running on Empty
As I find myself just a few years from turning 50, I also find myself with the very predictable mid-life interest in physical fitness. While health and longevity are my primary motivators, I can’t deny the influence of vanity. It’s not as if I’m hoping to grow six-pack abs, like ...
I Scream for Justin
The Skyline Chili restaurant at Fourth and Sycamore was packed with Reds fans enjoying dinner before the team squared off with the Cleveland Indians. Even though I find sitting through nine innings something worthy of Amnesty International’s attention, I wished I was going to the game. But no, I had ...
To (Not) Tell the Truth
In my dealings with strangers, I sometimes deviate from the truth. Telling fibs is, for me, something of a nervous tic. When I’m put on the spot or find myself at a loss for words, the, uh, inventive part of my brain sometimes takes over. I’m not a premeditated liar ...
The Bliss Doctor Is In
Since June is one of the most popular months for getting hitched, I thought I would offer some advice to all the new brides and grooms around the tri-state. A caveat: While I’m not a counselor or a therapist, I’ve been very observant of other people’s marriages, as well as ...
For some of us, music is the thread that seems to stitch the highs and lows of our lives together. For others, it’s family gatherings or movies or current events. For me, it’s our city and county parks. In my life they have been a steady, invigorating, character-shaping presence—one that, ...
Mr. Sleepy Head
I was an oddball high school kid for many reasons. Chief among them is that I went to bed every night at 8 o’ clock, sometimes earlier. Even though my older and younger siblings stayed up an hour or two later, I often retired while the sun still sat above ...
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