Monday, December 31, 2007
I thought I would count down the top 9 posts that I have had the most fun writing over the past year. Of course there were more than 9 posts that I enjoyed writing, but I though 9 was a nice odd number to choose from.
and away they go...
9-Truck Crashes Into Wall
8-Another Great Opening Day Pitch
7-What was BET Thinking?
6-Quills Up For Qualls
5-Mother of a Teenage Boy Accused of Having Sex With Her Son's Classmate
4-Jazz In Covington
3-Are Black Youth Charged As Adults More Often Than White Youth?
2-4th Year of the War....and what have we accomplished?
1-Pride Is Alive In The Nati!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Thursday, December 27, 2007
I made my famed garlic cheese mashed potatoes and tried my hand at my grandmother's sage and onion stuffing. A number of other family members chipped in by bringing a dish or two.
Here are some pics from that happy occasion.
Monday, December 24, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Last year, I started developing a business model to open a resume/cover letter writing service and the end product has evolved into ION Consultants.
In addition to ION, I have been working on another project. The result is 15 West Publishing which will launch Jan 2008. I am in the process of finishing the website and it will launch in January as well.
The following is the press release I fashioned to announce BookMark Enterprises' latest venture.
Publishing Group Becomes Bookmark's New Page In 2008
Saturday, December 15, 2007, icanwriteit.blogspot.com
Bookmark Enterprises, ION Consultants' parent company is announcing its plans to try its hand in books.
15 West Publishing is scheduled to launch the beginning of 2008. In addition to publishing fiction and non-fiction titles, 15 West will provide proofreading and editing services, replacing those offered by ION Consultants.
With several titles already "ear marked" for
publication, 15 West will remain in the realm of BookMark's mission and
strive to bring quality publishing services to both the new and experienced
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Last night, after a whirl wind shopping spree for Pendleton's annual Children's Holiday Party, I decided to wind down for the evening at one of downtown Cincinnati's newest eateries, NADA.
Stepping through the doors, I was immediately transported from the cold rainy streets of Cincinnati into a hip, metropolitan oasis, more commonly found in downtown Chicago or uptown Manhattan rather than on the backs of the Ohio.
With no wait, and feeling a bit under dressed for the establishment, I was whisked away to the main dinning area, which appeal is added to by its elevation from the rest of the down stairs space. Which, incidentally, is broken up nicely by a railed staircase that swirls from the second floor, cascading down to the first.
After an appetizer of chips, salsa and guacamole, and half way completing my meal of chicken tacos, I noticed that the all of the wait-staff were sporting tops that I saw being sold at Park & Vine. But the shirts that I saw expressed love for "the nati" and the shirts that I saw last night expressed its love for "the nada".
Nada, being a Mexican restaurant, the real test of its longevity can only be found in the quality of its margarita...
I think this place is going to do just fine....
Monday, December 10, 2007
After the snow we experienced last week, the weather was not cold enough to turn the torrential down pour that we experienced all weekend into snow.
I tried to make the most of it though.
Saturday, I taught my first Microsoft Excel class since I added this service to my business. It went well. i used to teach an entire host of Microsoft classes to the general public at a local library here in town, but it has been years since I have conducted 1-on-1 training, which is much easier.
later on that night, I attended a dinner party in Northside, where some of the other attendees were selling some of their wares. From eclectic jewelery to an assorted group of hand made purses and hats and artwork.
I had forgotten that this dinner party was doubling as a "selling" party and neglected to bring cash with me.
Check out one of the artist's who was selling her wares at this party. She is one of the most talented jewelery makers here in town and has been a featured artist at the Hyde Park Art Show and will be selling some items on Dec 15th at the Contemporary Arts Center.
Sunday was a a very low key day. I spent most of my day doing research at two local libraries. I was searching for pictures of my grandmother's elementary and high schools that she attended, Lincoln Grant and South Street schools, historically African American schools in Newport and Covington KY. I was only able to find a few shots of Lincoln Grant so I will have to travel across the river again to take a few pictures of South Street school.
While I was at the Covington Branch of the Kenton County Public Library, I stopped to take a few shots of the their annual train display.
That was my weekend in a nutshell...how was yours?
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
The way that they were taking last night, i was hunkering down and preparing to hibernate in my apartment for the next several days.
This morning, as it turned out, there was minimal traffic problems. Most of the the trouble came from drivers being extra cautious.
I guess that s a good thing, but I was 15mins late getting to work this morning.
Monday, December 03, 2007
As I mentioned in my last post, Saturday night I had a bunch of friends over to have Korean food. It was the second of our annual themed dinners, this one being the theme of Korea.
The night started off around 7pm.
The dish that I was supposed to make was bibimbap, which literally means "mixed rice dish". Basically its meat and vegetables, sauteed with sesame seed oil and served in a hot stone bowl with one egg cracked on topped just before it is served.
The funny thing is, I did not get to serve it because there was so much food that had already been served. So I will be having bibimbap for dinner for the next couple of days.