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If Only We Could be Addicted to Love

You know the song and the lyrics of a tune that Robert Palmer made famous.  Can you hear the hook of the song rattling through your brain? However, how I heard the phrase, “addicted to love,”  tonight was not accompanied by music.  It was a cry for those that can no longer cry. I went... Read more »

A Fraud is Rarely A Great Man...but maybe??

A fraud is rarely a great man and a great man is rarely a fraud but from time to time there might be an exception to the rule. You need to go back about a century in time to discover the strange case of Dr. Couney…WAIT – let’s stop right there – he was not... Read more »

Why Americans Are The Best!

America and Americans are known worldwide for being generous.    America doles out every year an incredible amount of foreign aid.  To give you a perspective of how much that runs  – fiscal year 2017 saw the U.S. State Department and USAID grant $50.1 billion, or just over 1% of the budget to countries world wide. ... Read more »

Tickets to A Whirlwind of Pure Fun

The call came in to the house around 10 a.m. on a sleepy, sunny, but lazy August day.  We still had a week before our freedom of summer vacation came to an end.  It was a friend of a friend – a guitarist in a band that my band often competed against.   He wanted to... Read more »

When You Try To Be Good at Xmas Time & It Backfires

I could retell the story but I believe Dick Feagler got it right in the Cleveland Press back in 1979.


Joseph Sakran is a trauma surgeon.  The journey to arrive at such an elite position in life came after Joe was shot in the neck.  He was thisclose from losing his life.   The pilot called to medivac the bleeding teenager to a trauma center had to turn him down because helicopter transport requires that the... Read more »


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 »


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 »