Archive for January 2016

30 Years Since The Challenger Crash

30 Years Since The Challenger Crash
I have been a science nerd all of my life. My first love was of space and everything in it. My parents used to send me to the Museum of Science & Industry (MSI), in Hyde Park to science & space camp and I took a lot of classes there and at the Adler Planetarium,... Read more »

Keeping My Brother's Legacy Alive

Keeping My Brother's Legacy Alive
I can’t believe this May it will be 15 years since I lost my eldest brother, he would be 50 years old in March. We shared the same father but different mothers but that didn’t matter, we were brothers. He was 10 years older but the difference in time didn’t matter either. We looked alike,... Read more »

My Favorite Vehicles: 1994-2001 Dodge Ram 1500 Pickup Truck

My Favorite Vehicles: 1994-2001 Dodge Ram 1500 Pickup Truck
If you haven’t noticed light duty pick-up trucks are popular as ever, again. With gas prices dirt cheap and there is always a need for people to haul items. And let’s be honest trucks are cool, so here’s an affordable older truck that is more reasonable than most. In 1994 Dodge (now Ram), stunned the... Read more »
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I Confess I Love My Cell Phone

I Confess I Love My Cell Phone
Over the weekend I was at a fast food restaurant eating lunch and I noticed that just about everyone there who was dining in was engaged with their phone. Okay not news worthy its 2016 that’s what people do. You don’t realize how attached we are to our phones until you do what I did... Read more »

Wow I'm 40 Years Old

Wow I'm 40 Years Old
As people say “so this is 40”. I’m good with it, a lot of brothas don’t make 40 years old. My own eldest brother didn’t. He passed 15 years ago at 35 years old, he had some demons and it haunts me that I’ve outlived him by five years. He was a better writer than... Read more »

Illinois Fiscal Irresponsibility

Illinois Fiscal Irresponsibility
You would think with the social pressure and protesters on Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel that there would be equal if not more pressure on Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner because he hasn’t even had a budget passed. I understand that speaker Michael Madigan and senate president John Cullerton are also responsible for this lack of state... Read more »
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The Cars I Would Buy if I Won Powerball

1964 Lincoln Continental
So its no secret the largest lottery jackpot is US history is up for grabs this Wednesday (which happens to be my 40th birthday), and everyone has lists of what they would do with the money if they win. Obviously I’d make sure my family is taken care of but those of you who know... Read more »

The Life & Legacy Of Mr. Arthur R. Young Sr.

The Life & Legacy Of Mr. Arthur R. Young Sr.
There were a handful of men who have shaped me into the man I am today. One of the most prominent has passed on today, his name is Mr. Arthur R. Young Sr. aka Ricky. I first met Mr. Young in 1983 when I was seven years old in Cub Scouts (4792), he was the... Read more »

I'm Grateful To Be Here

I'm Grateful To Be Here
Sometimes if I have a bad day, I have to think back two short years ago and remember what I’ve been through and for some of you this may come as a surprise of how things were for me then. So in the autumn of 2013 things weren’t good for me, I was in a... Read more »
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Why A New Bridge Is Needed To Alleviate the Congestion on 9th Street in Lockport

Why A New Bridge Is Needed To Alleviate the Congestion on 9th Street in Lockport
For anyone who has ever tried to go from Lockport to Romeoville or Joliet across the Ninth Street Bridge in rush hour, then you know the congestion and frustration. My father in law tells me over 30 years ago there was a “sway bridge” at Division Street that cars could cross. But a barge hit... Read more »
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