Do You Let Other People Define You?

Do You Let Other People Define You?
I’m an impressionable guy; at least I used to be, more so before therapy. I mean: it’s taken me a long time, decades, to finally call myself a writer. Even though, on and off, people actually paid me money to string words together into sentences and paragraphs. Sure, I wrote jokes for Jenny Jones but... Read more »

A Robe Is a Robe

A Robe Is a Robe
Something happened to me five years ago when I got back from the hospital after my quadruple bypass. Besides feeling beat up with intermittent aches in my ribcage and unexplained feelings of depression, there was something else. None of my doctors warned me of the risks. The hospital staff, specialists, nobody alerted me to the... Read more »

How will your kids turn out?

How will your kids turn out?
One of the nagging questions in the back of every parent’s mind from the moment their child is born, pretty much, is: “how will your kids turn out?” It’s like he or she is a soufflé baking for 18, 19 years. You worry about how your son or daughter is going to end up pretty... Read more »
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Are Your Glory Days Ahead of You?

Are Your Glory Days Ahead of You?
Our recent move/downsizing/crap purge has me strolling down memory lane. Besides the treasure trove of Throwback Thursday snapshots, I’ve rediscovered collections of things I created: student films, fashion photos, commercials, videos, and of course, audiotapes of several comedy shows. “…life is just a collection of moments all strung together in beautiful random order… it is... Read more »

Worth the Risk

Worth the Risk
The Caribou coffee shop in our town recently closed. I think was one of the last ones in the Chicago area to go. The corporate honchos handed down the decision on store closings last year and they’ve been shuttering them, or changing them to Peet’s Coffee (the other chain they own) ever since. I always... Read more »

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 »
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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 »

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 »
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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 »