Archive for September 2015

My Favorite Chicago Jazz Cats: Ramsey Lewis

My Favorite Chicago Jazz Cats: Ramsey Lewis
This is a milestone year for the legendary jazz man Ramsey Lewis, he turned 80 years hold this summer and his iconic hit song “The In Crowd” had its 50th anniversary as well. Ramsey’s musical chops are evident that “The In Crowd” is still well, “in”. The song sounds like someone wrote it last night... Read more »

The Latest GM Warning on our 2011 Chevrolet Malibu

The Latest GM Warning on our 2011 Chevrolet Malibu
So this week I got another letter from Chevrolet about our 2011 Malibu. I thought it would be that the parts for the seat belt recall (that they advised me about in early July), were in and I could bring the car in for service. No, its another issue, well something kind of different. Seems... Read more »

Sometimes Opportunity Is All We Have

Sometimes Opportunity Is All We Have
I loved Viola Davis’s Emmy speech on Sunday at the Emmy’s, she spoke from her expeirences as a black woman but I can say as a black man, its no different sometimes the difference between success and failure is someone taking a chance on you. She mentioned how it was “opportunity” that sometimes makes the... Read more »
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Happy Birthday John Coltrane

Happy Birthday John Coltrane
Few musicians have been as deep, transcending or introspective as the late great John Coltrane. His birthday is September 23rd and he would have turned 89 years old. His music has aged beautifully and his influence on the tenor saxophone is as strong as ever. I remember the first time I heard his music live,... Read more »

60 Years Since the Beginning Of The Chevrolet Tri Fives

Sixty years ago Chevrolet revolutionized the car industry with the first of what we now refer to as the “Tri Five”. Those are the Bel Air models for the subsequent years 1955-1957. 1957 is the iconic Bel Air with a design that is still beautiful today, tail fins and all. But don’t over look the... Read more »

Anxiety Over My Son's Upcoming Baptism

Anxiety Over My Son's Upcoming Baptism
This weekend my son will be baptized. I must admit I’m anxious about my son being baptized this coming weekend. I’m ecstatic to formally have him join us in the Catholic faith. He’s been attending mass since he was a few weeks old, so church is not new to him. But I’m wondering if I’m... Read more »
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Grandparents Day & My Elders Legacy

Mama Nan
“Grandparents’ Day” was September 13th & I didn’t know “Grandparents Day” existed until I was 12 years old in 1988. I had just transferred to a parochial school for junior high (Seven Holy Founders in Calumet Park on 124th & Ada), and they had “Grandparents Day” and my maternal grandparents attended the festivities. See I... Read more »

Today I Followed In My Father's Footsteps

Today I Followed In My Father's Footsteps
This afternoon I picked up my infant son from daycare for the first time. Okay no big deal right? Well not really, see two days a week my son goes to the daycare where his mother/my wife works (the other days my mother watches him at home), but once a month or so they have... Read more »

For The Love of Burgers

For The Love of Burgers
Its seems everywhere you go there is a new burger joint, some fancy, some plain but all have their variation on a ¼ to ½ pound of meat. I admit what’s not to like about a good burger? And it doesn’t have to be beef, I’ve had awesome turkey and black bean burgers. For me... Read more »
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