Diary for 15 July 2021: Once there was a bridge

Roger, describe your relationship with City Hall in one photo or less. pic.twitter.com/7OZNAjBVAw — Roger A. Baylor (@newalbanian) March 11, 2021 Twitter games amuse me at...

Diary for 9 July 2021: Origin Park is the green space equivalent of Jeff...

Diary for 9 July 2021 Earlier in the week I mentioned to a few friends that a new ON THE AVENUES column was forthcoming. However,...

“Howard Zinn’s July 4 Wisdom Stands the Test of Time,” followed with a rant...

Howard Zinn, Mark Twain, Edwin Moses and me, but first, Frederick Douglass. Dave Zirin, one of a select group of sportswriters who really matter,...

Shane’s Excellent New Words: NIMBY versus YIMBY, though not to neglect BANANA

Now I'm hiding in Honduras I'm a desperate man Send lawyers, guns and money The shit has hit the fan -- Warren Zevon "Shane's Excellent New Words" was a...

Diary for 1 June 2021: Constructive criticism is seldom tolerated at the grassroots

If there is any one surefire takeaway that springs to mind from my lengthy period of civic engagement — the grassroots era, those "localism"...

The wild, wild Right Bank of the Ohio

Not so long ago, one of the downtown bars within extended staggering distance of our place of residence posted a social media notice in...

The Weekly Wad lives on in the minds of malcontents everywhere

I've expended quite a few words to explain why I try to keep high school memories at arm’s length. At the same time, formative...

On Memorial Day, I’d prefer DRINKING beer

A few year ago at a bar I frequented, one of the younger 30-something employees was pushing hard for a Memorial Day promotion to...

Make your own fun, but I will not carry a gun

I will not carry a gun, Frank. When I got thrown into this war I had a clear understanding with the Pentagon: no guns....

Battered, bruised, and crawling back onto the non-band wagon

"The Dutch blueprint for urban vitality isn’t about bicycles. It’s about refusing to sacrifice vast amounts of the public realm to the private car;...

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Diary: When you experience ageism, that’s when you know it’s real

I’ll remember the winter of ’23-’24 as a difficult time for me – professionally, not personally. This turbulence, which seems to be gradually receding as...

Beers with a Stoic: Wouldn’t it be less expensive NOT to brew house beer?

Let's say that you're a small brewery with a relentless social media presence of three, four or more Fb posts per day, probably 90%...

Beers with a Stoic: On Hop Atomica, brewery taproom expectations and generation gaps

Long ago and faraway, it was explained to me — again and again — that responsible (read: profit-seeking) restaurants and bars simply could not...