Archive for June 2016

Reading a Prostate Biopsy-Inside the Mind of a Pathologist

West Suburban Chicago 6 a.m. “Let’s see, how many prostate cases do we have today. Looks like I get nine. Better get started now before the phones start ringing and before the lab techs start popping their heads in. And oh yeah, I will have urine cytology slides and FISH heading my way. “Too deathly... Read more »

Our Seven Worst Theater Experiences-One for Every Day of the Week!

The play’s the thing Hamlet  Act 2, Scene 2 William Shakespeare~1603 Plop down in front of the TV? That’s a near daily occurrence. Visit the local Cineplex? We may do that a couple of times a month. But for most of us, live theater is a rarer, more delectable experience. It no longer requires donning... Read more »

Why do we never get an answer… …when we’re knocking at the door. Moody Blues–1970 To those of you who didn’t try last week’s “Downsize, Maybe” Easy Squeezy Tuesday Music Trivia Quiz, shame on you! I told you the contest was easy. I told you that you didn’t even have to get the answers right... Read more »
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Today on "Meet the Press": REXIT--The Raff's to Leave Long Grove, Local Economy Trembles.

Dramatic Theme Music ♬ ♬ ♬ Chuck Todd (CT): Good Morning, This is Chuck Todd welcoming you to our weekly edition of “Meet the Press.” Today we look at the dramatic and  perhaps misunderstood decision by the Raff family to cut ties with Long Grove, ending 26 years of intertwined destinies. With me today is my... Read more »

A Progress Report at the Half Way Mark--Will I Get Steamed?

If it takes a year to build a house, then the calendar on the wall tells us we are just about 50% complete. So our glass is both half full and half empty. Let’s take a look at where we are, and where we still need to go. Work on the outer shell of the... Read more »

Am I Cooked? Hot Tea and Other Risks

Oh I like coffee… …and I like tea Blues Traveler–1994 Coffee drinkers are rejoicing. A UN study shows no increased cancer risk for java juicers, no matter how many jolts of Joe you go for in a day. So until the next study comes out disputing these findings –give it a week or two–Starbucks, Dunkin’... Read more »
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Easy Tuesday Music Trivia with a Prize!

“B.B. Bumble and the Stingers… …Mott the Hoople, Ray Charles Singer” Life is a Rock (But the Radio Rolled Me)–1974 Summer days, full moons, and the heat is rising. Chicago may not have it as bad as many parts of the country, but it is still time for chilling out,  cracking out your favorite lemonade... Read more »

The Curse of the Clumsy

“Move, move, move!” I shouted out. Yes, it was an over-reaction, but it got through to Barb. She quickly slid out of of the deli booth at which we were just settling into our soup. She was  just swift enough to escape being deluged by the drink sluicing from the glass I had knocked over.... Read more »

Am I a Homophobe?

Three connected events: One of the most tragic incidents in contemporary American history occurred early Sunday morning in Orlando. 49 people slaughtered in a nightclub. Some, most, or all of the victims were gay. All of the victims were people who did not deserve to die at that time or that place. Their loss will... Read more »
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Fathers Day and Lee --The Dad I Hardly Knew

Fathers Day is near.  Time for our annual homemade Margarita inspired blowout. Loads of fun, but a bittersweet day in a few ways. It is always a joy  to be celebrating with Barb and our kids, with our extended families, and with our friends. But this will be the last time in our home of... Read more »