Diary: Nature teaches beasts to know their friends

Title credit courtesy of Shakespeare (Coriolanus). During The Edge’s and Bono’s recent Tiny Desk Concert at NPR, Bono introduced the U2 song "Stuck in a...

Diary: Brief reflections on professionalism, perception, arrogance and respect

“Professionalism” probably means different things to different people. The Internet yields this checklist, which I find reasonably accurate: “The eight core characteristics of professionalism are:...

Coffey vs. Dickey in the 2nd? Slice me off a piece of THAT

Told you so. The Green Mouse reports that Dan Coffey—for decades a Democrat, then an independent, and now a Republican (somewhere a Falangist has lost...

Justin Brown is my preferred candidate for Floyd Circuit Court Judge

“All politics is local.” So the legendary Boston ward heeler Tip O’Neill said, and in the main, he was right. However, in recent years those big,...

Diary: Maybe I’m just having a bad week, or month, or…

I can't recall a time in my life when "retirement" made sense. If you're doing what you love, as I mostly have, then why...

Welcome to Nawbany, Episode 2: Knee deep in the hoopla

Roger has removed himself from active involvement in the local resistance movement because the retaliation isn’t worth it. But sometimes the sheer vapid inanity...

ON THE AVENUES: When love and hate collide, or my father’s dalliance with the...

Originally published at NA Confidential on 21 August 2020. I thought about this essay earlier today, after reading a post by a friend at...

Welcome to Nawbany, Episode 1: Let’s all fight for something, anything, whatever

The New Albany City Council's current president is at-large councilman Jason Applegate, who on March 7 asked that "everyone keep the people of Ukraine...

EXILE ON SPRING STREET: In defense of godlessness in everyday life

After much thought, I've decided to retire the "On the Avenues" identifier after all. As we enter 2022, OTA becomes "Exile on Spring Street."  Until...

Diary: “The moral and aesthetic nightmare of Christmas,” by the late, great Christopher Hitchens

In 2021, I pleased the local powers-that-be by allowing the NA Confidential blog to run its course, and by doing so, liberated myself from...

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Beers with a Stoic: Your luxury beer “list” reeks, so stop pretending it doesn’t

Consider the following a composite. One thing I've always tried to do is advocate for my segment. It means nothing negative to me if an everyday...

Beers with a Stoic: Going away, coming back, and more about what defines a...

Mr. Big: Do you want the good news or the bad news? Me: I haven’t seen the sun for two weeks, so how about the...

Roger Baylor’s Career in Beer — The Résumé / CV 

ROGER A. BAYLOR 1117 E. Spring St., New Albany, IN mayorbaylor@gmail.com (502) 468-9710 Any licensed establishment can list its beers, but not every establishment organizes its beer offerings...