Archive for May 2015

Tomorrow We Become Parents

Tomorrow We Become Parents
Tomorrow morning my wife will be induced into labor after 41 weeks of carrying our child. We’ve been working on this in some form or fashion since last summer and obviously you know the end result but now it hits you. When the sun comes up again it will dawn the day that we become... Read more »

Why We All Should Visit A National Cemetery This Weekend

Why We All Should Visit A National Cemetery This Weekend
My father is buried at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, IL, its just south of Joliet, about an hour south of Chicago. Its an impressive place, more sobering that celebratory but its special none the less. My father was a proud Navy man, served five years in the Atlantic aboard the USS Calcaterra (DER... Read more »

The Dangers of Auto Racing & Why We Love It

The Dangers of Auto Racing & Why We Love It
On Monday IndyCar fan favorite James “Hinchtown” Hinchcliffe was injured in a crash during practice for this Sunday’s iconic Indianapolis 500 race. It was the fourth crash within a week at the facility in anticipation for the race. I think it hit a lot of us fans (and even drivers), hard because of James’ youth... Read more »
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The Complicated Story That is Chiraq

The Complicated Story That is Chiraq
First and foremost what is going on in the hood in Chicago is a story that needs to be told. It’s not just a news story or a police blotter or homicide report. There are many factors, many reasons and a lot of people who are caught up in this as well as who is... Read more »

Spring Grove's Auto Gallery Complete Inventory Liquidation Auction

Spring Grove's Auto Gallery Complete Inventory Liquidation Auction
The Auto Gallery Car museum in Spring Grove is closing (owner is moving to Colorado), and it gives us Midwest car enthusiasts a unique opportunity to bid on museum quality cars and memorabilia. The auction will on  Saturday June 6th starting at 9 A.M. in far north suburban Spring Grove (in McHenry County), near the... Read more »

The Coronation of Hyde Park & The Barack Obama Library

The Coronation of Hyde Park & The Barack Obama Library
Early this morning I heard the official news that the Barack Obama Foundation has selected Chicago’s south side, specifically Hyde Park. For me growing up (and to this day), as a native south sider, Hyde Park is a special place. It’s the crown jewel of the south side. It’s where you took people from out... Read more »
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Thanks & Well Wishes For Tinley Park's Edward Zabrocki

Thanks & Well Wishes For Tinley Park's Edward Zabrocki
I read on Wednesday that long time Tinley Park mayor Ed Zabrocki was stepping down effective June 1st due to health issues. I was saddened to hear that I knew Mr. Zabrocki personally because for my four years at Brother Rice High School in the early 1990’s he was my guidance counselor. I don’t want... Read more »

Easter Week 5: We Represent Jesus

Easter Week 5: We Represent Jesus
Two of my favorite spiritual quotes were in Friday and this past Sunday’s mass respectively. The first was from John 14:6 (Friday’s gospel), Jesus tells us “He is the way, the truth and the life”. I honestly first became aware of that because that was the name of a series of three religious studies books... Read more »

The NFL Draft Town Was More Than Just Football

The NFL Draft Town Was More Than Just Football
I visited the NFL’s temporary Draft headquarters this past Saturday and I went into NFL Draft Town thinking this is all about football. And was quickly disappointed and then it hit me. The NFL is evolving, so this is about entertainment. And this is an interactive show for the fans that features football but also... Read more »
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