Off the Leash: Hara today, gone tomorrow—arena from my youth to be shuttered

Hara Arena was authentic before “authentic” was a buzzword and unpretentious before I even knew what that word meant. The dingy, 1960s-era arena was arguably the center of suburban north Dayton in my youth during the 1980s and early 1990s, with the exception of perhaps the nearby Salem Mall. Back in the day, big-time events were either held at Hara or at the slightly larger and (somewhat) nicer UD Arenaº. Hara is holding its last event Aug. 27 after being open for more than 60 years. Even though I left my native Dayton 10 years ago—and believe me, Hara even then had seen way better days—news … Continue reading Off the Leash: Hara today, gone tomorrow—arena from my youth to be shuttered

My dog is left-pawed and other deep thoughts

Leonardo da Vinci. Mark Twain. Julius Caesar. Napoleon (not Dynamite—the Napoleon).  Beethoven. Alexander the Great. Ghandi. Justin Beiber. Bill Gates. Joan of Arc. Marilyn Monroe. Thomas Jefferson. Katniss. Most people get excited when their dog learns to fetch, come when called or not go potty in the house. My proudest day so far in terms of Katniss’ accomplishments—and there are many*—is that she is left-handed, just like me and the illustrious group of people listed above. Being left-handed is an essential part of who I am, weirdly, and I was happier than my readers are when a new blog of … Continue reading My dog is left-pawed and other deep thoughts