First snow

Friday, January 12, 2018

Of the season that is. And though it wasn’t particularly deep and there was a layer of ice under it all, it scratched the itch, blanketing the neighborhood in a quiet moment of transformation.

Fear the Future

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Well that was amazing. I do believe the St. Vincent “Fear the Future” tour is one for the history books. Provocative. Visually stark and powerful. And even though there were pre-recorded backing tracks, they were special to the event and every song was punctuated with amazing energy from the live performance by Annie Clark.

Tip of the hat to DJ for letting me snap the flyers he picked up.

Bonus? Seeing St. Vincent’s aunt and uncle(!) kick off the evening. Adored Tuck & Patti for a long, long time and they performed a warm and wonderful set.

Fellow fellows

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

From left to right (thanks to Megan for the photo):

Tracy created a newspaper of resources and hopeful stories for those struggling with addiction.

Me? I connected people to neighborhoods through photography.

Brandon paired skilled retirees with aspiring home improvers to bring out the best in both generations, build relationships and beautify neighborhoods.

Tamia connected Cincinnati’s image-makers to each other and to professional opportunities.

Bradley (not pictured, he was upstairs working) imagined a more equitable Cincinnati.

Other Brad (also not pictured) created an online music library to help local musicians with licensing opportunities.

And right now? People’s Liberty is taking applications for the 2018 Haile Fellowship. Two folks will be given the time and resources to see a dream for the community become a reality.

I feel it is REALLY important (for anyone) to look at the questions in this Fellowship application and think about the answers. Maybe you don’t feel like you have a big idea, or you have too many, but you certainly have something burning inside you that you’d love to try. Some need that isn’t being addressed in your community.

And though there are only two slots, soon there will be opportunities for project and storefront grants and you’ll be all the closer to knowing what that thing is. Maybe you’ll find a way to do it some other way.

The thing to think about though is still: What are you passionate about that you’d love to explore?

It’s worth asking.



Tuesday, January 9, 2018

I’ve read more than once that lunchmeat should be avoided when trying to live a healthy life. I have 11 days to get this type of stuff out of my fridge and focus on better options.

Also wondering why “Daily” is in quotes.


Another meal kit. This one? No thank you

Monday, January 8, 2018

There have been some… less than awesome meal-kits from Kroger’s (oddly named) “Prep-Pared” selections.

Tonight was Island Blackened Cod. It was… acceptable calories… but that’s not the target I’m shooting for when having dinner at home.

I’ve had much better success in the past, and haven’t documented the enthusiastic thumbs up for the Bacon and Honey Mustard Glazed Chicken, but I will.

Everything will change in a few days when I do that Whole Life Challenge thing. (I’m doing the “Kickstart” approach which at least allows for one spirit or wine per evening.)

PSA Meeting #2

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Met a group of folks at the Wave Pool for our second meeting of minds trying to figure out: What do we do with our energy, our discontent? Our feeling that our government doesn’t reflect our values. Elected officials are not listening to constituents but corporations. That there is a better and more loving future.

We don’t have the answers. yet, but we’re figuring it out. If you’re an concerned human, activist, artist or somewhere in-between? Consider stopping by the next meeting of the Public Service Artists.

Birthday at Junkers

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Dan Montgomery was celebrating his halfway point to 90.

A group of friends joined in to celebrate at the local tavern, then braved the cold for cocktails across the neighborhood.

A day in several parts

Friday, January 5, 2018

We gathered most of the folks from the Depot and went on a lunch outing.

Directly related: my favorite pizza toppings are pretty boring.

Ended the day trying to organize more of the shop to get it into shape for doing and making more goods.

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