Bernie Yvon: A Lesson in Passion

Bernie Yvon: A Lesson in Passion
One of the great musical theater performers currently working in Chicago died last Saturday morning when a semi hit and rolled over his car. His name was Bernie Yvon. He was talented, sure, what they call a triple threat: an actor who can sing and dance, too. But what set Bernie apart was that he... Read more »

Doomsday: Are We There Yet?

Doomsday: Are We There Yet?
“Ready for Doomsday,” the headline in the Daily Mail reads. People are “buying asteroid-proof bunkers, killing their pets, and planning mass suicide,” as a frightened public prepares for the certain end of the world. A mother contemplates killing herself and her young children to “spare them” the Earth’s destruction. A 13-year-old is scared to tears.... Read more »

Back to School Lessons Learned

Back to School Lessons Learned
We dropped Kid #3 at college last Wednesday for his freshman year. It was all business getting his stuff up the elevators and into his new dorm room, admiring his view. When it came time for the tearful goodbye, the long hug, the melancholy look: it never happened. It was: “yeah, okay… love you, too.... Read more »
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My Mini Makeover: The Hair on My Chinny Chin Chin

My Mini Makeover: The Hair on My Chinny Chin Chin
BEFORE: I’ve had a little beard on my chin, what I guess they call a goatee, since somewhere in the mid-90s. I was taking a rare 3-week vacation around Christmas and let the hair on my face grow. What I had after 3 weeks wasn’t what you’d call a beard; it was more like the... Read more »

Robin Williams' Death, Open Heart Surgery, and Depression

Robin Williams' Death, Open Heart Surgery, and Depression
The Marin County Sheriff’s Department today called Robin Williams’ death a suspected suicide. A PR rep added that Williams “has been battling severe depression…” Though there’s a lot of talk about the “demons” Williams fought for years and the addictions he had to drugs and alcohol, TV’s Dr. Drew Pinsky thinks post-op depression may have... Read more »

Contributing to the delinquency of a minor?

Contributing to the delinquency of a minor?
We had traditions in my house when I was growing up. Once a year my dad clamped a hand-cranked meat grinder to the edge of our kitchen table and made sausage. We’d pick Christmas gifts from the Sears catalog for “Santa” to “bring us.” And children in my family between 4-years-old and, say, 12 served... Read more »
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Swimming naked in gym class really happened

Swimming naked in gym class really happened
There are things the world did when I was a kid that, seen through today’s politically correct lens, would be unthinkable now. Driving without seat belts. Smoking while pregnant. Voting for Nixon. Swimming naked in gym class is another one. Wait! Huh? That’s right, we swam naked in high school gym class. Let that little... Read more »

Back in my day: bras, Speedos, and naked gym class

Back in my day: bras, Speedos, and naked gym class
Fashion changes with the times: from poodle skirts to platform shoes to flannel shirts to porkpie hats… But fashion also reflects the times. Everything from the length of women’s skirts to the color of their nail polish has been used to predict economic fluctuations. Fashion trends say a lot about the attitudes of a culture.... Read more »

How to make a cranky, old man

How to make a cranky, old man
I’ve got all the makings of a cranky, old man… everything but the front porch. We just sold our big house with a nice porch out front and moved into a rental with only a few cement steps instead. I’ve got no place to sit and wave my fist at passing kids who must be... Read more »
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I was a teenaged Playboy subscriber

I had a best friend growing up. His name was Bill. We lived on the same street only he was on the far end of the next block. Bill and I started hanging out, playing together, so far back I have no memory of that first day or even that first year or two. Back... Read more »