Posts in category "youth"

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 »

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 »

Crummy Jobs: Human Paper Shredder

Crummy Jobs: Human Paper Shredder
I’ve had a few crummy jobs in my life. I worked as a dishwasher in the dorm cafeteria during college, sorting dirty plates and glasses at the end of a conveyer belt. It was hot, wet and there were no windows. Dinnertime saw three times the volume of dishes as breakfast so I tried to... Read more »
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Why I'm Against Baseball Banning Chewing Tobacco

Why I'm Against Baseball Banning Chewing Tobacco
When used as directed chewing tobacco kills. The warnings are right there on the side of the tin. None of the warnings stopped former baseball stars Tony Gwynn or Curt Schilling from dipping throughout their big league careers. Tony Gwynn is considered one of baseball’s greatest hitters. In 20 seasons with the San Diego Padres... Read more »

Ralph Frese: Rolling On The River

Ralph Frese: Rolling On The River
I saved an obituary in my blog “idea book” from late last year.  Frank Frese  died last December at the age of 86.  Frese was a fourth generation blacksmith  who spent most of his life in Chicago.  A blacksmith?  In Chicago?  That alone is worth headlines. I find myself marveling at his picture (above) sitting over... Read more »

Neil Armstrong And The Death Of Dreams

Neil Armstrong And The Death Of Dreams
The couch is still in my parents basement but the spaceship has long been retired. News of the death of Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, had me thinking back to childhood days in the basement, seat cushions propped up against the couch, with a sheet pulled over the front ready lift off.... Read more »
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Fathers and Sons

Fathers and Sons
It was the teddy bear. On a long table in the funeral parlor, next to baseball hats, an Indian Guides vest, golf paraphernalia and dozens of pictures, the teddy bear left me choked up. I returned from a family vacation to say goodbye to Henry Osterkamp, a friend for over 35 years. His death was... Read more »

MTV Generation Be Warned

MTV Generation Be Warned
“Daddy, where are the keys?” A simple question asked of a critically ill father by his 42 year-old daughter hoping to open the safe deposit box. But what if the father’s pride gets in the way of answering and the mother doesn’t know who you are? Such was the crisis facing Tania Richard, a Chicago actress and... Read more »

I'll Have Another. Dog, That Is.

I'll Have Another.  Dog, That Is.
Meet Chester, the newest member of the Mighty Gauls. That makes four kids, two dogs and ten to twelve tropical fish for those of you scoring at home. Good times. I’m a dog lover, ever happy with my furry friends. And I have gained converts. If Tania, my wife, had visited a fortune teller or... Read more »
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The Avengers: 3 Reasons I'm Not Teaming Up With The Marvel Gang

The Avengers: 3 Reasons I'm Not Teaming Up With The Marvel Gang
This Friday marks the premiere of  Marvel Comics The Avengers, a film I’m confident will be a big hit. Just not in our house. I don’t know much about the film, other than it’s a cartoon with several superheroes who I’m sure will save the world from some form of evil within a couple of... Read more »