Archive for 2012

New Year's 2013: 5 Resolutions I'm NOT Making

New Year's 2013: 5 Resolutions I'm NOT Making
2012 was a good year both personally and professionally.  While may of you, I’m sure, are in the habit of making new year’s resolutions, I am not one to join the party.  Perhaps it’s because I work in the financial services field, where year-end performance numbers often seem an arbitrary means of measurement. I think... Read more »

On The Newtown School Shooting, Columbine And Life's Precious Gifts

On The Newtown School Shooting, Columbine  And Life's Precious Gifts
This news junkie picked a good day to tune out.  Early today I was in a meeting at my daughter’s high school and missed the initial reports about the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.   It wasn’t until lunch time when I came across the news via twitter, at which point I shut down my... Read more »

Jovan Belcher, Bob Costas, Rush Limbaugh And The Gun Culture

Jovan Belcher, Bob Costas, Rush Limbaugh And The Gun Culture
A week ago Jovan Belcher was an obscure linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs.  Now, in the aftermath of Belcher murdering girlfriend Kasandra Perkins, then committing suicide  in front of his coaches, Belcher has become yet another symbol of our society’s messy mix of politics and sport.  Bob Costas, the veteran sports journalist, took to the... Read more »
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Thanksgiving 2012: Freedom And A Memorable Cab Ride

Thanksgiving 2012: Freedom And A Memorable Cab Ride
Thanksgiving offers us a chance to reflect.  Thanksgiving is a time to hope and think about the promise of America.  On a daily basis it’s easy to get caught up in life’s mundane tasks such as email, projects at home and the office or managing the kids time. I find myself looking back on an... Read more »

Election 2012: Three Changes Voters Need To See

Election 2012:  Three Changes Voters Need To See
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Who Needs Halloween To Play Pretend?

Who Needs Halloween To Play Pretend?
Being a father of four has it’s advantages. Some are obvious, such as never having to fetch anything from the kitchen, or knowing I will have a full selection of basements to call home in retirement. Others take time to appreciate, like the realization that we can all pretend, at any age. Last weekend we... Read more »
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Nike Bails on Lance Armstrong - Should Donors and Fans Follow Suit?

Nike Bails on Lance Armstrong - Should Donors and Fans Follow Suit?
For Lance Armstrong it keeps getting worse. News this morning that Nike has terminated it’s contract with Armstrong  came minutes after Armstrong announced he is resigning as chairman of his Livestrong cancer charity, though he will remain on the board. In addition to their statement, Nike also said it will remove Armstrong’s name from their Lance Armstrong Fitness... Read more »

Listening To, Not Watching, The Biden/Ryan VP Debate

Listening To, Not Watching, The Biden/Ryan VP Debate
As I write this I am listening to the “spin” from tonight’s Vice Presidential debate. Which is the way I experienced the debate; listening, not watching. I listened to the debate while heading home from a work event, rolling down the highway with the Biden/Ryan rumble on the radio.  Unlike a ballgame or talk show,... Read more »

Is Dajae Coleman's Murder A Turning Point For Evanston?

Is Dajae Coleman's Murder A Turning Point For Evanston?
I was saddened to learn of the murder of Dajae Coleman, a high school freshman gunned down while walking home from a party in Evanston eight blocks from my home. I am a lifelong Evanston resident and consider my four years at Evanston Township High School among the best of my life. My parents chose to... Read more »
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5 Reasons To Hate Baseball's New Wild Card Format

5 Reasons To Hate Baseball's New Wild Card Format
My love of baseball runs deep, but this new wild card format has got to go. Some history:  Beginning in 1994, baseball added a “wildcard” team to the playoffs along with the three division winners in each league.  When the regular season ended, the “best” division winner played the wildcard team in a five game... Read more »