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Advice Goddess: 8/25

By Amy Alkon   A Force To Be Reckoned Whiff  My new boyfriend travels a lot for work. Before he left on this trip, he gave me his weird onesie lounging garment. It’s this disturbing “As Seen On TV” thing called a Forever Lazy. It’s like a fleece blanket, but with legs, a hood and […]

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Advice Goddess: 8/18

By Amy Alkon   Mourning Breath I was engaged to a woman 20 years ago. We were in college and in our mid-20s. I realized that I wasn’t ready to get married and called off the engagement. I loved her and wanted to stay with her, but she broke off the relationship. I’ve had relationships since […]

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Advice Goddess: 08/04

By Amy Alkon   Requiem For A Scream I’m a 28-year-old woman in a relationship with a really great guy. The problem is, it started as a hookup, and I faked my orgasm. I didn’t announce I was having one, but I, um, made certain noises. I was enjoying myself, but I just didn’t feel […]

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Advice Goddess: 7/28

By Amy Alkon   Emotion Sickness Last week, my girlfriend was all annoyed about something (something relatively unimportant). I’m normally not a bad listener, but I was getting stressed out just hearing about this. I blurted out, “Calm down!” and she really flipped, yelling, “DON’T TELL ME TO CALM DOWN!” It took me forever (and […]

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Advice Goddess: 7/14

By Amy Alkon   Beyond Thunderdomes I have a great circle of female friends, but one of “the group” has a way of making backhanded comments about my appearance that make me feel bad about myself. Her latest topic is my breasts and how much smaller they are than hers. Incredibly, she manages to work […]

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Advice Goddess: 7/7

By Amy Alkon Dork Matter  I’m just out of a bad relationship and ready to start dating. I recently met a guy I liked at the mall. There was definitely a physical attraction, and we had a lot in common, but not an hour after we met, he sent me a text that said, “Miss […]

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Advice Goddess: 6/30

By Amy Alkon   Owe, Baby, Baby My girlfriend always cries that she’s “broke.” I just ended up buying her groceries and paying to have her car fixed, and then I discovered by accident that she’d recently paid hundreds of dollars for hair extensions, beauty products and a facial. She isn’t the first girlfriend I’ve […]

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Advice Goddess: 6/23

By Amy Alkon Rise And Spine My fiancé is good friends with his ex-girlfriend from college. (We’re all in our 30s.) She isn’t a romantic threat, but she’s become a source of stress. Long before I met my boyfriend, they began hanging out at a local bar together twice a week. They still do this, […]

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Advice Goddess: 6/9

By Amy Alkon The Shoo Must Go On I’ve been dating this guy long-distance for six months. He’ll often fail to return texts for an entire day or even a few days. I keep breaking up with him, but he keeps apologizing, acknowledging that he can be “distracted” and then offering convincing excuses or making […]

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Advice Goddess: 5/27

By Amy Alkon Smells Like Bean Spirit My girlfriend of a year is 51 and lovely in most areas – except one: She often passes gas and recently started belching audibly. She is a psychotherapist, dresses nicely and has great figure. However, she grew up in a male-dominated, military home. She thinks I’m “weird” and […]

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Venting for the voiceless

Author Justin Curtis’s Troy-inspired novel By Katie Fender Photo: “Plight of the Downtrodden,” by Justin Curtis Troy native and author […]

Art & Soul

Yellow Springs’ art fair connects art to community By Tara Pettit Photo: The Art & Soul Fair takes place from […]

Be Well, Marsha 11/17/15

The slower seasons By Marsha Bonhart I have a friend whom I adore. I don’t always understand her, but she’s […]

Three artists. Three days. One lock.

‘Locked In’ on art at Yellow Springs Arts Council By Joyell Nevins Photo: [l-r] Artists Brandon Lowery, Nathaniel Foley and […]

Ask Rocco 11/17/15

Who the hell is Tony Zale anyway? By Rocco Castellano Photo: Boxer Tony Zale knocks Rocky Graziano to the ground […]

March of the Turkeys

The Turkey Trot tradition treks on By Don Hurst Photo: The Ohio River Road Runners Club 37th Annual Turkey Trot […]