The miracle of flight

The miracle of flight

My young friend Kate has carved out a career for herself that combines two of her great loves -- travel and empowerment. As such, she has ushered groups of young people through adventures all over the world. She recently told me about a conversation she overheard in a restaurant bathroom line. "A lady was complaining [...]

Here’s to my friend Jan on the 10th anniversary of her stroke

Here’s to my friend Jan on the 10th anniversary of her stroke

My friend Jan has always been one of our neighborhoods' more impressive residents. A cheerful whirling dervish, Jan worked as a school nurse, mothered two boys and greeted every weird medical question I had with a confident smile and a ready solution. In a general phone conversation with her once, I casually mentioned that I [...]

Love wins

Love wins

I fired up my love lights again yesterday, and bought a new sweatshirt that said “Love wins.” I still believe that love wins. I’ll bet you do too. But it can’t win alone. Love isn’t a fat cupid slinging lazy arrows, it’s: A mother having a tough discussion with her son about language and the [...]

My grandfather’s store

My grandfather’s store

My grandfather, Bob Fey, spent his entire professional career working at the same place -- the sweet and eponymous Fey's Supermarket. Located on the corner of Powers and Borden street in Cincinnati (until a state highway rolled through, the government claimed imminent domain and the store moved across the street) Fey's Supermarket served as a [...]