Valerie’s House

I’m not the kind of person who gets all weepy about the plight of the poor and oppressed. On the other hand, poverty is something I understand from direct personal experience. When I was a kid my family was homeless for a period of time. We lived in a car, took sponge baths in gas … Continue reading Valerie’s House

Squeezing the Balloon

Yesterday I went to the Alameda flea market with some friends. It’s held on an old airfield at a decommissioned military base directly across the bay from San Francisco on Alameda Island. It’s warm and sunny, surrounded by water, has breathtaking views of the city, and has direct ferry service to the financial district. The … Continue reading Squeezing the Balloon

Rowhouse Rebirth

I filmed this story in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. As always, my far more talented friend Kirsten Dirksen did the editing. There are also glimpses of other nearby neighborhoods such as East Walnut Hills and some views for the city taken from across the Ohio River in Kentucky. Michael Uhlenhake is an architect and long time … Continue reading Rowhouse Rebirth

Imitation Purple Flavor

Once, a long, long time ago before any of our grandparents were born there was flavor. Apples had apple flavor. Bananas had banana flavor. Grapes had grape flavor. Things just tasted like what they were. But then there was imitation¬†flavor. The little blue lumps in blueberry muffin mix aren’t blueberries. They’re some other substance that … Continue reading Imitation Purple Flavor