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…

The 50 States, Ranked (numbers 1-15)

Not all states are created equal. This is my completely unbiased ranking of the fifty states, from number one to number fifty. This will be a three part post. This first part will be numbers 1-15. The next post will be 16-30, and the final (and best) post will be 31-50. I will surely offend many of you…

Sweet Baby Girl (mommy’s turn)

My sweet baby girl, For the longest time, I kept putting off writing this letter to you.  Not because I didn’t want to, but because every time I tried to write, my emotions would well up and I couldn’t get a word out on paper.  So here it goes.  My thoughts may be disjointed, but…