Thoughts on Death: Five-Year-Olds, J. Geils and Sean Spicer

Death is out and about every day, hovering above and behind us, but for me it impacted a few things over the past 48 hours: My 5 year-old daughter, a reminder of how good the J. Geils Band was and my hate for Sean Spicer. Unquestionably, people die all the time, but sometimes the subject... Read more »

Chicago Public Schools vs. Parochial: What's a Suburban Public School Parent to do?

In September, our 5 year old daughter will be starting kindergarten and the choices have been narrowed to two — a Chicago Public School or the neighborhood Catholic parochial school. As a former suburban parent who’s 4 older kids attended suburban public schools, I am intensely conflicted. Not only did my four kids, now ages... Read more »

Hanukkah vs. Christmas: It's No Contest

After publishing this blog post two years ago, I thought it would be appropriate to post it again seeing as how Hanukkah begins tonight, on Christmas Eve, this year. Enjoy if you will: My mother who is my source for all things Jewish would not be happy with the fact that I am comparing Hanukkah... Read more »
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Dining Alone in Rome

In my early 20’s, I traveled alone through Europe, my first stop being Rome, Italy, the only stop on my 4 week trip where I spent a decent amount of money on a hotel room.  In the days before the internet, and Yelp, and Google Maps, I was left to my own devices – a marginal... Read more »

The White Man who Looks Like a Trump Supporter

As a white man, it’s unfortunate, but I look like a Trump supporter. About three weeks ago, I was driving west on 115th Street on the southwest side of Chicago, in the Morgan Park neighborhood, leaving my gym on an unseasonably sunny, warm autumn afternoon. My car windows were open and as I approached Vincennes... Read more »

Cubs Fans Need to Trust Joe Maddon

Since watching a high-interest event on television nowadays requires corresponding Twitter viewing, it was impossible to watch last night’s Game 6 of the World Series without seeing a barrage of criticism when Joe Maddon brought in his best relief pitcher, Aroldis Chapman, to pitch the remainder of the 7th inning and possibly the 8th and... Read more »
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Top Chicago Cubs-Related Twitter Feeds

As my hometown now gets ready to explode on Saturday night into a cacophony of joy, on Thursday night I found myself watching Game 5 of the NLCS while simultaneously checking various Twitter feeds to somehow confirm and supplement the “I can’t believe this is actually happening” feeling that I have. So, while trying to... Read more »

How About we Stop Playing the National Anthem at Sporting Events?

In the year 2016, with all that exists in American society, is it really still necessary to play the National Anthem at all college and professional sporting events? No one buys a ticket to a game to hear the anthem. So how about we stop doing it. According to the Washington Post: As legend has... Read more »

White Sox: Please Trade Chris Sale Right Now

Chris Sale should be traded right now and I hope the White Sox get smart and do it. Is there any reason why a multi-million dollar enterprise should keep on its payroll someone who has proven to be a buffoon twice in the same year? In his first moronic move this year, Sale virulently came... Read more »
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My All-Star Baseball Summer Moment

Summer is about baseball. Watching it, playing it, coaching it, smelling it, and hearing it. When I was 15 years old, there was a day during that summer when I got to pitch in a baseball game that was, for me, my one true all-star summer moment. It truly meant something, in a stadium, in... Read more »