Bob Evans: A Defense (of no pretense)

It was early evening on a Sunday, and I wanted some bacon and eggs.  Over easy eggs and non-crispy bacon to be precise.  I mulled the idea of tackling such a meal in my own kitchen, but decided against it after quickly reviewing the preparation it would entail. Succumbing to abject sloth, I decided that my…

My Perfect Candidate

Election season is upon us, and several people have recently asked me what my dream candidate looks like. In the interests of not ever having to answer that question again, I have compiled a list of policy positions that my perfect candidate would adopt immediately.  It’s not a complete list, but these are definitely the…

Three Great Things About Ohio That Are Also Terrible

I am a cup-half-full kind of guy. I am a benefit-of-the-doubt, optimist type, which occasionally causes me to misjudge people, situations, and events. Recently on a (very flat) run, I started to wonder if I had massively misjudged the State of Ohio, my current home. I wondered (as I ran along a flat, cornfield-laced, straight-line bike path…

What Country Music Misses About Small Town America

A thousand country songs attempt to depict what life is like growing up in rural America, but most are wildly unsuccessful. For the last 10-15 years, popular country music has become the genre of choice, not for actual country people, but for white, middle class suburbia. The reason that most country songs fail so miserably…

Mommy’s One Year Letter

  My sweet Macie, It’s your first birthday today and I can’t help but fight back the tears.  I can’t believe you are already one; it just doesn’t feel real.  It feels like just a moment ago that I held you in my arms for the very first time.  Today, I can hardly contain you…

Law Review: A Survivor’s Guide

As most of you know, I attended law school at the University of Cincinnati.  It was a challenging, but fulfilling, three years.  Recently I’ve been reflecting on my experiences there, so this is the first of a series of posts about law school through my eyes.  I hope that even if you never attended law…

What’s it like being a dad?

Lately, one of the most common questions posed to me is “What’s it like being a dad?”  I usually fumble around for an answer, trying to muster some token morsel that the inquisitor might find interesting.  “It’s fun,” I say, fully knowing that the word fun can’t even begin to describe what it’s like to hear my daughter…

Quick Dearden Update!

Hey all, I thought it might be time to give you a Macie and Dearden update.  First of all, if you have seen Macie recently, you know that she is as healthy as can be!  As of this week, she will be completely weaned off of her seizure medicine.  According to her neurologist, the fluid…