The Trophy

Before I start, a couple of disclaimers. I am not one who likes to start sentences with “Parents these days” or “Kids these days.” That kind of thinking, in my opinion, ignores some basic realities. The world really does change and smart people adjust to changing times. And while I might recognize certain patterns over […]

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Park Updates

Let’s see… our last park update was 7/25. The following weekend my husband and daughter were out-of-town and the following two weekends were for travel. We went to Florida for our vacation – Seagrove Beach. I had lots of big active plans, but it turned out we were all pretty exhausted from life’s non-stop life stuff, […]

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No Second Thoughts

Listening to The Diane Rehm Show today, I was fighting a sense of smugness as they talked about the quintessential American poem “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost. They were deconstructing the myth that the entire poem is the last two lines, “Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the […]

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Lucky 7

There comes a point when the well runs dry. Or maybe when you realize that you’ve had more than your fair share of water and you’d better get the hell out of the way and let someone else have a drink. During my year of cancer treatment, I had more support than a person ever […]

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Park 8

Today we went to  Sharon Woods, one of the best known parks in the Cincinnati area. It’s got all the bells and whistles — a water park, paddle boats, playgrounds, an historic village, a golf course — upping the appeal to a wide spectrum. We started out walking the multi-use trail that circles the lake. Less […]

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Park…Erm… 7

I messed up the numbering… This past week, we pared down our lofty goals for a couple of reasons. First, it was hot as Hades. I mean the hottest part of hot Hades. Humid too. Second, we try to go on Saturdays, but the boy child was in a basketball tournament that day. Outdoors. Humid Hades […]

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Park 5

** Edit: In True “Katie” fashion, I just realized I’ve screwed up the numbering. This is Park 6. Last Saturday (7/11) was our most ambitious outing to date; a combo – John Bryan State Park/Clifton Gorge Nature Preserve/Yellow Springs/Antioch College. We had our challenges. We didn’t quite leave on time and it turns out we […]

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Park 4 (4th)

I know, I know. I’m behind, but we’ve been a-parkin.’ Last weekend was the 4th of July, so we got off schedule. Friday and Saturday mornings, we took advantage of a great perk of our Kings Island season passes – riding some rides for 1/2 hour before the park opens. We did a 4 roller […]

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The Last Uncle

I just received word this evening that my father’s only remaining sibling died tonight. There were five of them originally, my dad was the oldest. Their parents were immigrants but the children were born in America. If you could go back in time and predict which sibling would outlive the others, you likely wouldn’t have […]

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The Long Way Home

I’m thrilled to see that The Enquirer is doing a three-part series on Joe Neyer. Please, take the time to read it. I know it’s going to be great. Joe Neyer loved lilies. They would grow and flourish and shine. Then, too soon, they would die and fall back into his pond. Only a memory. […]

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