Tom had a bunch of Barry Manilows on his desktop. I don’t ask questions.
That evening however, there were questions. They were about living and creating in Cincinnati. Zan led the gathering hosted at Joseph-Beth Booksellers and there were oodles of folks from The Cincinnati Anthology on hand to share perspectives. I don’t go to many book inspired events. But now I think I should.
The summer of 2014 will officially go down as the time when I began to deeply appreciate what foods in my geography are in season. I’ve also learned that buying from local farmers makes me more inclined to use everything quickly and intentionally. Maybe it’s a guilt thing, I don’t know, but man this stuff tastes better.
Link: Northside Farmer’s Market
I’ve lost track how many years I’ve known Ray. I’m going to say a decade. We’d bantered virtually and crossed paths years later. I’ve always loved his work and perspective.
When his 50th birthday approached, he asked 50 folks to create art based on this Fisher Price inspired figure that he’s used as a visual statement through the years.
All the entries would be displayed at a gallery for a birthday celebration. I didn’t make the opening, but I did work with my friend Chris Pratt (not that one) who is good with words and ideas, and had the idea of Kinder chocolate. Production was fun and it came together pretty darn good I think. Also? I should try and use a Dremel tool more often.
View the box details if you’re into that sorta thing.
A few choice zooms of the images above
Joe requested friends bring a special recipe hot dog with all the fixins to help celebrate his birthday. Angie and John provided the awesome setting, and I let go of any artificial diet restrictions I place on myself and sampled everything (at least once).
Plus also? Vodka infused gummy bears. I had no idea these were a thing. Jello shots are dead to me now.
Photos of food, beer, dogs and a cute kid
Neighbors Bret and Sean throw the most excellent pride celebration in their backyard every year. And what a backyard it is—likely one of my favorites on the planet. Tiered decks, landscaping, pretty lights and speakers hidden away everywhere. Add a large group of friendly folks and good spirits and you end up with something exceptionally solid.
Also? More backyards should have disco balls.
Photos from my blurry lens that evening
Projecting MarioKart 8 and getting my ass kicked. Complete with J.J. Abrams lens flare.
My friend Brown played percussion at the International Women’s Brass Conference at NKU. I don’t often get to see her play out so this was a treat, doubly so because of the program itself. Folks playing offstage and around the performance hall always intrigues me, and the music selections were lively and evocative. Standing ovation.
Faraway shot of Brown banging a drum
It’s been so enjoyable to walk over to the Northside Farmer’s Market this summer and pick up good things to eat for the week.