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Looking Back At 2013

Looking Back At 2013
Goodbye 2013. I have never been one to make New Year’s resolutions and ended 2012 with a post about things I wouldn’t do in the new year. Mission accomplished. Looking back, 2013 was a good year filled with health and happiness for me and my family. Among the highlights: - We managed to take a wonderful... Read more »

Southern Illinois Coach Barry Hinson: Out of Line?

Southern Illinois Coach Barry Hinson: Out of Line?
Southern Illinois basketball coach Barry Hinson is now a household name. Coach Hinson was not happy with his team after a loss to Murray State dropped them to 2-8 so he “went off” at a post game press conference. Among other things, Hinson said his wife could post up more effectively than his big men,... Read more »

Time For A Penguin Santa?

Time For A Penguin Santa?
Does Santa need a makeover? Are kids ready for a penguin Santa? That’s what Slate writer Aisha Harris suggests in her recent post Santa Should Not Be a White Man Anymore. Ms. Harris describes her childhood experiences with Santa. She grew up with two versions: 1) The big bellied, rosy cheeked, white bearded jolly man... Read more »
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Thanksgiving Every Day

Thanksgiving Every Day
My thoughts this time of year, like so many Americans, center on the blessings in my life and concern for those less fortunate. Growing up I received the gift of a loving home, an emphasis on learning and a world of endless possibilities. As a husband and father I want each of my four children... Read more »

Chicago Tribune Layoffs: Will Newspapers Survive?

Chicago Tribune Layoffs: Will Newspapers Survive?
In high school I often dreamed of being tossed against the front door. Not by an angry girlfriend or a police officer, but tossed as part of the morning paper. Whether as a columnist or reporter, I wanted to be the one telling a story. I studied journalism at the University of Missouri and embraced... Read more »

Kentucky Recruits: John Calipari Goes "One-and-Done"

Kentucky Recruits: John Calipari Goes "One-and-Done"
The college basketball world turns to Chicago’s United Center Tuesday night for ESPN’s Champions Classic where Kentucky plays Michigan State, followed by Kansas against Duke. It should be a night for quality basketball, though not free of controversy. Once again, Kentucky head coach John Calipari brings a boatload of freshman talent, most of whom don’t figure to stick... Read more »
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A Simple Gesture Pays Big Dividends

A Simple Gesture Pays Big Dividends
When I was fresh out of college, a young “Master of the Universe” ready to take on the financial world, a friend introduced me to a special group of people. Orchard Village is an independent living community for developmentally disabled adults outside of Chicago. I volunteered initially at a social event before taking time to... Read more »

Erin Cox, North Andover High School And A Lesson In Stupidity

Erin Cox, North Andover High School And A Lesson In Stupidity
Erin Cox, a Senior at North Andover (MA) High School, is a victim of a society lacking common sense. Erin Cox, captain of her high school volleyball team, got a message from a friend who had been drinking at a party. She went to get her friend but finds herself victimized by the school’s “zero... Read more »

5 Pieces of Advice For Divorced Fathers

5 Pieces of Advice For Divorced Fathers
  While hardly an authority figure on much, I have experienced life as a divorced father for many years. Like any aspect of parenting there are no handbooks or manuals on divorce. I have, however, reached some conclusions based on my own experiences and those of people close to me. 1) You have to put... Read more »
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7 Types Of Facebook Users to Embrace

1) The “happy happys.” These are the folks who, no matter what smacks them in face each day, always post a happy face. I love the way they see the bright side.
Are you new to Facebook or considering joining the party? Consider this: Facebook has over a billion users  on the site each month The idea of helping Mark Zuckerberg and pals earn $15 million per hour might make you nautious. Last spring I wrote a post called 5 Types of Facebook Users To Avoid. I... Read more »