Taken with Instagram.

Taken with Instagram. 😀📷❤️

Deskey details.

I helped put up this wheat paste mural on the side of our building this afternoon…

It was promoting a Deskey/Bluearth sponsored documentary called LOOK & SEE: A Portrait of Wendall Berry

LOOK & SEE revolves around the divergent stories of several residents of Henry County, Kentucky who each face difficult choices that will dramatically reshape their relationship with the land and their community.

In 1965, Wendell Berry returned home to Henry County, where he bought a small farm house and began a life of farming, writing and teaching. This lifelong relationship with the land and community would come to form the core of his prolific writings. A half century later Henry County, like many rural communities across America, has become a place of quiet ideological struggle. In the span of a generation, the agrarian virtues of simplicity, land stewardship, sustainable farming, local economies and rootedness to place have been replaced by a capital-intensive model of industrial agriculture characterized by machine labor, chemical fertilizers, soil erosion and debt – all of which have frayed the fabric of rural communities. Writing from a long wooden desk beneath a forty-paned window, Berry has watched this struggle unfold, becoming one of its most passionate and eloquent voices in defense of agrarian life.

Filmed across four seasons in the farming cycle, LOOK & SEE blends observational scenes of farming life, interviews with farmers and community members with evocative, carefully framed shots of the surrounding landscape. Thus, in the spirit of Berry’s agrarian philosophy, Henry County itself will emerge as a character in the film – a place and a landscape that is deeply interdependent with the people that inhabit it.

Pretty neat stuff. 😀❤️

You Hold the Key.

You Hold the Key is a community awareness and engagement campaign aimed to promote dialogue and inspire empathy around the issue of homelessness in Greater Cincinnati through public art.

 Today, I saw some of the You Hold the Key artworks along Eighth Street on my way to pick up something for lunch…

 ArtWorks transformed people and places through investments in creativity. Each year, ArtWorks employs local youth and professional artists to create community impact across our region. 2017 marks the 10th Anniversary of the ArtWorks mural program. They believe our city is a gallery and are proud of the 100+ murals in 37 Cincinnati neighborhoods and 7 nearby cities which celebrate our history, heroes and legends, to date.

ArtWorks is expanding its strategic focus to support the awareness and advancement of key regional issues by partnering with organizations working on the front-lines of these issues, to create community dialogue through art. ArtWorks’ social art practice hinges on the power of art and art-making to serve as a catalyst to promote health and wellness, spark conversation and invoke empathy.

Visit YouHoldTheKey.org for more information. 😀🏡❤️

Seen and noted.

I noted all these cute little pumpkins outside of Woods Hardware on Ninth Street in downtown Cincinnati and then noticed there were even more pumpkins inside…

And Genifer saw this Praying Mantis while we were out walking Oscar…

Taken with Instagram. 😀🎃🦗❤️

Deskey details.

They started working on our roof this morning at work…

It was very loud up on the sixth floor with them working right above our headsall day.
😀🖐️👍❤️

Downtown details.

Looking south on Main Street…

Taken with Instagram. 😀📷❤️

Constructing Cincinnati.

I’ve been crazy busy at work lately, and haven’t had much of a chance to get out and wander around downtown for a bit. But I was walking to get my hair cut this afternoon and I couldn’t help but notice that there’s a lot of construction going on in downtown Cincinnati again.

They’re still trying to demolish the last little bit of The Dennison Hotel. Apparently, there was some sort of shared common wall issue with the building next door. And now this eyesore has taken the place of a historic building…

The only reminder The Dennison Hotel beside the hole in the ground is this sticker on what remains of the red brick facade…

Across the parking lot, it looks like the new apartment building that was being built across the street from our old apartment is finally reaching completion. And it has a fancy name, Encore.

Seeking of facades, it looks like they’re doing some pretty extensive work on the facade of this building on Main Street judging by the scaffolding…

Right next door, Bay Horse Cafe is open for business…

There’s a Wahlburger’s coming to Sixth Street where Pi Pizzeria used to be…

That will bring the downtown burger joint count to five with Americano, Bobby’s Burger Palace, Bru, Burger-fi and now Walburgers. Also on Sixth Street is all this mess…

The old Trattoria Roma is becoming an Irish pub & restaurant, O’Reilly’s…

And there’s also a new pizza place on Sixth Street called Zablong…

There’s this mess on Eighth Street…

And finally, Deskey has a new front window display…

The more things change, the things stay the same. There’s always something new popping up or being constructed in downtown Cincinnati. 😀❤️

Seen and noted.

There’s a new Korean restaurant in downtown Cincinnati called Haru …

I can’t wait to check it out really soon. 😀🍜❤️

It’s a sign.

Taken with Instagram. 😀 

I rode the Streetcar.

This afternoon I rode the Streetcar Cincinnati Bell Connector

I got my $1 two-hour CB Connector pass…

And made sure to get it validated…

After waiting for a few minutes, the Connector rolled up to the Aronoff Center Station…

Next stop, Cincinnati Cyclones Station in The Banks…

From there, I walked around the corner to Great Amercian Ball Park…

I got to check out the new Pete Rose statue out in front of GABP…

I got us two tickets to Sunday’s Reds versus Cubs game…

After getting us tickets, I walked down East Freedom Way to get lunch from Burgerfi

I walked back to Cincinnati Cyclones Station in The Banks to wait for the Connector…

Seventeen minutes later…

And back to work…

Mmmmm, Burgerfi…

It was a fun little jaunt around downtown to break up the afternoon. But I’m pretty sure if I just walked down to The Banks and back, it would have been a WHOLE LOT faster. The CB Connector is neat and all, but if you’re trying to get someplace quickly or on a schedule, you should probably explore other options… or just walk. 😀

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