Posts in category "Family"

Potty-Mouthed Princesses Use Shock To Overwhelm Substance

Potty-Mouthed Princesses Use Shock To Overwhelm Substance
Should young girls be exploited to point out exploitation? That was my initial question after watching a purposely shocking ad featuring young girls dropping f-bombs in the name of feminism. The ad, “Potty-Mouthed Princesses Drop F-Bombs For Feminism” is for clothing company FCKH8 and has already been pulled from YouTube. While one could debate the... Read more »

Create Your Own Adventures With Young Kids

Create Your Own Adventures With Young Kids
What’s in your trunk? With four children ages 4 to 16 mine is packed. Besides the obvious items like sports gear, kleenex and wipes mine is tricked out with two miniature folding chairs and a blanket, swimsuits and goggles, a bag of toys, books and chachkies. A deck of cards in the glove compartment comes... Read more »

National Stepfamily Day - My Perspective

National Stepfamily Day - My Perspective
September 16th is National Stepfamily Day. While not a stepparent I am co-captain of a blended family. My wife Tania has been publishing a series of stepfamily perspectives on her Chicagonow blog Writing My Mind. Today I shared my own thoughts which you can read by clicking here. Thank you for reading. I would enjoy... Read more »
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Why Father's Day Isn't My Thing

Why Father's Day Isn't My Thing
Happy Father’s Day to all. There – I said it and I mean it. I get that Father’s Day is significant to Dad’s everywhere. Just not for me. It’s not that I don’t appreciate taking the time to thank Dads for all they do. And I would never want to take away from another man’s... Read more »

Advice For College Graduates

Advice For College Graduates
  Are you graduating this year? With the economy still sluggish it might be best to follow the advice of Rodney Dangerfield’s character Thornton Melon, “Don’t go!!”   Nevertheless, there are a few pieces of advice I would give today’s newly minted grads: 1) Don’t shout down your commencement speaker. I’m saddened to read about efforts... Read more »

Kevin Durant MVP: A Parent's Dream

Kevin Durant MVP: A Parent's Dream
Until yesterday I knew little about Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant. A great scorer, a quiet team leader. But I have rarely seen a speech by an athlete as remarkable as Durant won his first NBA Most Valuable Player award. In the ego driven world of professional sports, Durant’s emotional speech was unique for... Read more »
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Kenwood Coach Jim Maley Is Out Of Bounds: 5 Reasons To Let The Kids Play

Kenwood Coach Jim Maley Is Out Of Bounds: 5 Reasons To Let The Kids Play
Kenwood Academy coach Jim Maley was let go recently. Jim Maley, who led the Chicago’s Kenwood High School boys varsity basketball team to a 15-13 record, says he was fired because the team did not win enough games. News accounts indicate otherwise. Jim Maley has high academic standards for his players, higher in fact than... Read more »

Don't Fret The "Selfie Generation" - The Teens Are Alright

Don't Fret The "Selfie Generation" - The Teens Are Alright
            As a teenager I left notes on the counter when I left the house. If my parents needed to reach me they used a landline and called other parents.  Talking to girls meant just that. So were those the good old days? Not so much. Today I text my... Read more »

Joakim Noah's Dad Shows The Love

Joakim Noah's Dad Shows The Love
Yannick Noah won the French Open and rose to third best in the world of tennis. Today, however, he was Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah’s Dad. The elder Noah took time for an interview during today’s Chicago Bulls win over the Miami Heat. I found myself drawn to the video. Here was a father, a... Read more »
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Living Life Without Fear Of Death

Living Life Without Fear Of Death
I don’t fear death. Never have. I like to think its rooted in my Catholic faith and belief in heaven. It’s not like the subject of death comes up a lot, yet it surfaces enough as I grow older. Young people think they are invincible. I felt that way as I ate late night pizzas,regular... Read more »