This is progress?

This is progress?
It’s no secret that technology has progressed more in the past ten years than ever before.  Computers and other such hand-held devices not only consume us, they now rule us.  Just watch any group of high school-aged youngsters walk down the street with their heads bowed…not in prayer but in paying homage to their iPhones.... Read more »

Wake me when the game begins!

Wake me when the game begins!
In the spring of 1969, a very skinny 8-year-old boy from Hammond, Indiana ran home from Edison Elementary School to watch the last few innings of the Chicago Cubs opening day game.  Although it has been nearly fifty years since that day, and most of those memories now appear in my mind in faded Technicolor,... Read more »

A world of 'no'? No thanks!

A world of 'no'?  No thanks!
It’s been said that with age, skepticism comes along with it. Maybe after years of watching the ten o’clock news, developing a certain amount of pessimism is just a natural reaction. Fun things, or things which were intended to be fun, like Facebook, have also become nothing more than a quagmire for negativity if not... Read more »
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Drop us at Target?

Drop us at Target?
“Mom, can you drop us off at Target?”, were the words overheard of a teenage child to her mother.  “What do you want to go there for?”, the mother replied.  “Because it’s something to do!”, the child answered.  This was a conversation overheard, ironically, on the same day the Highland, Indiana Town Council voted down... Read more »

My favorite town: Motown!

My favorite town: Motown!
Has our country ever been more divided?  Probably.  The years in which the Civil War was fought most likely claims that shame.  Has the country ever been LESS divided?  Probably not, although it would be nice to point to a time in which everyone came together and enjoyed their setting regardless of one’s race, gender,... Read more »

Tomfoolery for President!

Tomfoolery for President!
Children of the 1960s were taught that it was ‘better to be seen and not heard’.  Adults didn’t talk with us very much back then, but mostly to us.  Even then, the talking to had more to do with telling us to get up and change the channel on the television.  They didn’t reason with... Read more »
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Walt Disney Where Are you?

Walt Disney Where Are you?
I attended a meeting last night which introduced some potential mixed-use developments adjacent to two new South Shore train stations in Hammond, IN, with one station to replace an existing one in North Hammond and another to serve a proposed north-south extension to the current east-west line, which will be situated in the south end... Read more »

Dear Cubs; It's Our Turn!

The long-suffering fans of the Chicago Cubs, a club of which I am a member of, are feeling a bit squeamish today after our boys in blue showed up in flat-as-a-pancake form last night in Cleveland.  Appearing in a World Series for the first time in over a century can have that effect on a... Read more »

The Yankee, Bobby & Joe

As the presidential primaries forge ahead, and it becomes a bit clearer who the nominees for each party might be, the barroom conversation at my favorite watering hole took an interesting turn. As several of the local bar dwellers began to question the integrity and likeability of the prospective nominees, my friend Joe Mis chimed... Read more »
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Tomfoolery's 2016 Wish List

As 2015 comes to a close, I think this might be a good time to break out the genie’s lamp and make a few wishes for the new year. I suppose I could probably come up with a thousand or more wishes for 2016. Beyond the obvious ones of wishing to win the lottery, wishing... Read more »