Archive for October 2012

The Christmas Wars Start Midnight Tonight

It’s become a Chicagoland tradition — November 1 is the start of Christmas. Even before we’ve taken down the Halloween decorations or put up the Thanksgiving ornaments, stores are dazzled with Xmas sales & sizzle. ['Xmas' as in a Christian holyday without the Christ guy interrupting the buying mood]. In recent years this extravaganza of... Read more »

Beauty And The Beastly Mirror

Seeing beauty in the mirror is often hard in a world of such beastly tragedies. But admit it — you do look for it there. Or at least hope for it there. Not necessarily drop-dead-gorgeous beauty, yet at least some modicum of same. But chances are you don’t. Dermatologists tell us not one in 50... Read more »

Sandy ~ But After The Power Comes Back On Will We Still Be In The Dark

The distances between us and the people in the world around us can be measured in different ways. In the inches, miles and nations that divide us. Even more so, in the thoughts, loves, and fears that separate us. Picture the last time you sat in that crowded theater, commuter train, or 747. A cargo... Read more »
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Can't You Just Feel Those Distances Bteween You Shortening

The distances between us and the people in the world around us can be measured in different ways. In the inches, miles and nations that divide us. Even more so, in the thoughts, loves, and fears that separate us. Picture the last time you sat in that crowded theater, commuter train, or 747. A cargo... Read more »

Look Out...Big Climate Change On Both Coasts...Sandy & Seth

Climate change is on full-display with the fury of Hurricane Sandy on the east coast while in Hollywood there’s the fury over picking Seth McFarlane to host this year’s Oscars. In both cases something big is happening. How lasting is anybody’s guess. Sandy may be predictive of a lasting climate crisis on our planet. Seth... Read more »

Hey If You're Under 35 You Just Missed It ~ The World Changed Forever

Just recently the world changed forever, only some of you never even noticed. That’s because for you it’s always been the way it is. But here’s the deal. That’s not true, for until just recently the world has always been the way it was for hundreds of thousands of years. The way it was —... Read more »
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Karma And You. It's Really All True!

I stand before you as Karma Character-Witness # 345,678,077 for the year 2012….! Recently I saw a little storefront production of the classic play OUR TOWN…in the director’s notes was this comment: “I dedicate these performances to a man I never met. When he suffered prostate cancer 20 years ago he alerted my Dad to... Read more »

Attention All Alpha White Guys ~ You've Got Trouble

I’m a white guy, although not exactly your young alpha edition. But all you hard-charging, high-paid white alphas [and the gals who admire you] may have only another 35 years to bare your teeth and flash your status. Because the US Census Bureau projects as we approach 2050, a majority of America will be non-white... Read more »

Admit It -- You Have This Funny Habit Of Seeing Faces

Do you have this same habit? When I see someone for the first time I can’t help thinking how much they look like….well, it varies from say Tom Cruise, Paul Newman or Monica Lewinksy, to that last dude on that last sitcom that was canceled. I can’t seem to help myself. I’ve been professionally advised... Read more »
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Ready Or Not ~ The Christmas Wars Start November 1

It’s become a Chicagoland tradition — November 1 is the start of Christmas. Even before we’ve taken down the Halloween decorations or put up the Thanksgiving ornaments, stores are dazzled with Xmas sales & sizzle. ['Xmas' as in a Christian holyday without the Christ guy interrupting the buying mood]. In recent years this extravaganza of... Read more »