What makes summer great in Dayton?

Well now, that was some winter, wasn’t it? I know, I know, it’s been over for quite some time, but now summer has officially begun. In the past, NCR’s Old River Park on Patterson Boulevard was the place for me to begin and end the season. Cooling off in the …

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Wake up weekdays with the nicest guy in radio

Life, for the most part, is about routine, stability and being comfortable. Whether in a relationship or with your friends, humans like familiarity. So, it’s reassuring to know, when gas prices go sky high and groceries along with it, there’s war and rebellion around the world and natural disasters abound that, …

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Parenting 101 in 2014, Part 2

Wow, who woulda thunk it? Back in February, I had an epiphany for an article idea. It was over an argument with my 18-year-old daughter over lots of things, but mainly her right to drive. Right? No – last I checked driving is a privilege. The deal made was this: …

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What will you do this summer?

The title of this article sounds a lot like that horror film some years back – “I Know What You Did Last Summer.” Well, this column is by no means here to frighten you, but it could be if the kids are out of school for the summer and you’re …

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Unconditional love: A cat’s tail

It has been almost a year since my new career path took me to the doorstep of the Dayton City Paper, and it’s been a fun journey so far. Going from a TV reporter/dude for almost 25 years to pages in print hasn’t been that difficult of a transition. The best part? …

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Sunday is the day to care

As a result of the long line of Germans in my family tree, I was bombarded with German foods growing up. I never much cared for sauerkraut or bratwurst and when it came to German pancakes, well, forget about it. My dad said I must be adopted. When I Americanized my …

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Parenting 101 in 2014

As I sat here pondering the subject for my next column, an unfortunate incident happened – yet another argument with my eldest teenage daughter. So, while my original idea was to write about the rare do-do bird and how its eggs offer healing properties, I’m doing an about-face and put …

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The country is coupon crazy

OK, a show of hands out there in Dayton City Paper reader land: How many of you use coupons?Come on, admit it. We’ve all – at one time or another – used a coupon for something. Heck, I saw a young couple coming out of a local hospital maternity unit and the …

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What makes you happy and smile?

Have you ever heard of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), also known as winter depression, winter blues or seasonal depression? Well, it seems to happen every year at this time. You know, grey and gloomy skies ‘til around May. So, to compensate for this disorder, what we really need is a …

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Muse is doing Seuss

Photo: Muse Machine presents “Seussical!” Jan. 16-19; photo: Thom Meyer The definition of the word “dandy” is “an excellent thing of its kind.” There’s no better word to describe the Muse Machine’s production of “Seussical!” Of course, it’s a musical. Dr. Seuss I’m not, but if you love all those …

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