If Camaraderie Keeps You Healthy, How Many Groups Do You Have? Here Are 10 Of Mine.

UroPartners’ Prostate Cancer Support Group invites prostate cancer patients and their families to join the group for “Information, Education and Camaraderie.”  We all know what information and education are. But what exactly is camaraderie? Merriam-Webster describes camaraderie as “a spirit of friendly good-fellowship” or “a feeling of good friendship among the people in a group.”... Read more »

Felicity Huffman Charged in Cheating Scandal and My Heart Breaks

Yeah, sure, my kids grew up with “Full House.”Jessie, Danny, the Olson twins, Aunt Becky, and all the rest. So let my kids worry about Lori Laughlin as she and her husband get charged in the college admissions scandal. But it isn’t Lori’s lost innocence that I will be mourning. I just have one question.... Read more »

Is Curiosity Worth Losing a Job Over? Lessons from the Jessie Smollett Affair.

The news stories and TV broadcasts say “Northwestern Medical Center fires dozens of employees for seeking to access Jessie Smollett’s health care record.” What’s that all about? Medical records are meant to be confidential. Every doctor, dentist, mental health professional and more have you sign a form outlining the organization’s policy on privacy and how... Read more »
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SPIDER-MAN, Green Day, and Alex Trebek. It's All Here Today.

Yesterday my iPhone decided to take control of Turn-Back-Thursday by putting my playlist into New York City, 2010. Broadway to be precise. Show tunes from that year replaced the Stones, Bruce, and The Who as the soundtrack of my late morning workout. But those shows had a definite connection to rock’n’roll. First came the song... Read more »

A Love Match Restored. It's Monday Night Tennis.

“I miss you…” Those of you who have been following along with me for a while know that I left my Thursday night tennis league two years ago. I won’t rehash the reasons (you can find them here) but let’s just say I was eager to end what had become an unpleasant experience. The “I... Read more »

Kiwi Fruit Cures-Or Does It? What Do You Think?

I had so much hope. Recently during an Internet plunge, I had discovered a simple treatment, potentially a cure, for an ailment that has plagued me since I was five years old. Diving deeper I discovered lots of anecdotal evidence and lots of praise for this juicy therapy. There was no scientific evidence, no double-blind... Read more »

Sleep is Just a Five Letter Word. Can I Get Enough?

“Hey, Alexa. Set an alarm for 6:00 a.m. tomorrow morning.” That’s Barb, chatting with our bedroom virtual assistant. Barb’s schedule varies, particularly on babysitting days, so it is easiest to just ask for a different wake-up time every morning. For me, it’s 5:05 every weekday morning, so I use an old-fashioned alarm clock to wake... Read more »

Checking in to Disneyworld

“You are going to pay us back with a … check???” My daughter Laury (famed creator of the Forever Plan) was absolutely incredulous. Laury was calling to say thank you. We had returned from our surprisingly sunny seven days in Orlando where we had rented a 6 bedroom house for Laury and Alex, Mike and Becca... Read more »

Why "Build Me a Wall" Hasn't Worked for 50 Years!

Friday afternoon, 1967. A schoolyard in Rogers Park. The sun is shining brightly, but the nip of late fall is in the air. No grass grows in this schoolyard. This isn’t the mean streets or the jungle, but this is still a Chicago Public School, and amenities like grass are thought unnecessary. There isn’t much... Read more »

Do Cyndi Lauper, Ray Liotta or Jennifer Garner Get the Job Done?

“Hi, I’m just a guy  named Ray Liotta and I don’t smoke anymore, thanks to Chantix.” There is nothing new about celebrity product endorsements. Back in the 50’s Ronald Reagan shilled for Chesterfield cigarettes while Rock Hudson was a Camels type of guy. Star athletes can make millions from the what they wear, from the... Read more »