Clean Wisely

I’m a clean freak. There, I said it. I buy hand sanitizer in bulk, I’m usually within arm’s reach of disinfecting wipes, and I have a deep fondness for color-safe bleach. I spend this excruciating flu season, or as I call it, “the dark days,” wishing I were in a Hazmat suit. Friends and family have...

Sleepless in Cincinnati

Thank God I have mild insomnia. Seems a strange thing for which to be thankful, right? But I am. Though I do what I can to keep the insomnia at bay, sooner or later there will come a night when sleep isn’t just elusive—it’s non-existent. And I’m grateful. It’s when I can be my most productive and,...

St. Francis: An Inspiring Life

The following article, written by Diane Houdek, appears in the October issue of Liberty + Vine. If you’ve only heard of one saint, chances are it is St. Francis of Assisi. His international popularity hasn’t waned in 800 years. In fact, if Francis were a man born ahead of his time, in many ways his time...

Move Forward

Growing up, my mother always said she could read the state of my mind by the state of my bedroom. If it was organized, I was in a good place. If it was a mess, so was I. It’s true—I crave order in my surroundings. People who can live and work in chaos are a mystery to me. In fact, a couple months back,...

Thirtysomething

Jimmy Buffet comes to Cincinnati almost every year. I’m one of the few people who have never gone to one of his concerts. A few months back, my friend Ryan was assembling a group to go. This is how the text conversation went down: “We R goin 2 Buffet in August. U coming?” “Are you drunk?” “Come...

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