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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The Culture of Blessed

I just finished watching President Obama’s eulogy for Clementa Pinckney. If you haven’t watched it, please click here and spend the 37 minutes. It’s important. He spoke a lot about grace and how we don’t earn it. This is something I’ve been thinking about since last Sunday when my own pastor tackled the root cause of suffering […]

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Park 4!

It was an unusually cool and windy day in Southern Ohio today. Perfect for a hike in Old Growth Woods. Today we had it all. We’ve often visited one of Cincinnati’s most beautiful urban parks – Ault Park – for family picnics or weddings. It’s a gorgeous park with rolling hills, stunning views, and quite […]

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What a Week!

Last week was collectively horrible – the racist massacre of church folk in Charleston and a local officer killed in the line of duty. But then this week, tides turned quickly – state-sponsored Confederate flags seem to be going to way of the dodo bird. The ACA was upheld despite a hissy fit over six words. […]

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Park 3

I’m starting to think that the park experiences that don’t match my vision of the park experience is actually the park experience. How’s that for an opener? This week, we visited a local suburban one, Swaim Park. To be fair, I’ve been here before, as have the kids but it was awhile ago so they […]

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