It’s always difficult to lose a child but to lose one to an act of violence makes the loss even more painful. Blaze Bernstein was an excellent Ivy League student and remembered as a caring person, a good friend, a talented writer, a wonderful cook, a risk taker, and just a super nice guy with... Read more »

God Bless Sofia As She Brings Us Together

I am always amazed how people from all political spectrum and ideology can come together over the tragedy of a failed heart. Whose heart was it?  It was the heart of a little girl – a warrior by the name of Sofia Sanchez.  Anywhere you went in Downers Grove the buzz about this little girl’s... Read more »

"...on many sides, on many sides" - except Heather Heyer's side.

Heather Heyer Today marks the one year anniversary of the death of Heather Heyer – a forgotten American for many who stood up to the bigotry and racism of white nationalists in Charlottesville, VA.   Heather will be “forever 32” as an avowed white neo-Nazi used his car as a weapon and drove into a group... Read more »
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I thoroughly enjoyed my life as a musician while going to college.  I was able to do something I loved, playing music while making a decent buck to offset the expense of life during my time at the university.   I played drums, flute and piano.   The most fun I ever had was playing with brass... Read more »

When Reversing an Exec Order Winds Up BEING A ZERO!

In April of 2010, BP had quite an oil spill – 4.9 million barrels (210,000,000 U.S. gallons; 780,000 cubic meters). As a result of this disaster, Obama wrote an Executive Order on behalf of the GREAT LAKES making it difficult for industry to use the fresh potable waters of the wold’s largest source of fresh... Read more »

Why Mr. Rogers Got It and Fox News Never Will!

By now I’m sure you’re aware that 2018 is the 50th anniversary of “Mister Rogers Neighborhood,” broadcast nationally by PBS.  The milestone has received a great deal of media coverage, a documentary on PBS – hosted by Michael Keaton, who actually worked on the show, a theatrical documentary that came out in June and Tom... Read more »


I have written before about SYD THE WONDER DOG, who has found $200 cash that was returned to the rightful owners and several AMAZON packages – all returned for delivery to their rightful owners. For that last feat, SYD got me, her master, a $200 gift card that I donated to a charity fund raiser... Read more »

Why Bezos Wouldn't Understand Why Lincoln Bothered to Return That Penny

As the story goes, young Lincoln, while serving as a store clerk,  walked three miles to return a penny – actually – it was six pennies that he had accidentally overcharged a customer.  Now a penny had a bit more value then but even still it was a small amount of money.   That tale earned... Read more »

As A Father, I Can Relate

I salute the opportunity given to the student survivors and the parents of those lost tragically to gun violence in Parkland, Florida to express their thoughts and concerns at the White House. I was particularly struck by Andrew Pollack the father who lost his daughter Meadow – who made points that no one can dispute.... Read more »

Why Ethics Matter

I can recall the Saturday Night Massacre that occurred during the Nixon presidency.  If you’re not familiar with that piece of history, let me refresh your memory or enlighten you.  The SNM refers  to U.S. President Richard Nixon‘s orders to fire independent special prosecutor Archibald Cox, which led to the resignations of Attorney General Elliot... Read more »