Archive for January 2017

The Legacy of Jim Mateja

The Legacy of Jim Mateja
As a writer there are people who have influenced you and folks you’d pay good money to read their stuff, even if it was the phone book. The late Roger Ebert was appointment reading (especially in a bad movie review), Walter Mosely has dialogue that I still cling to and Jim Mateja showed me what... Read more »

Why Terrific Trucks is Good For My Toddler

Why Terrific Trucks is Good For My Toddler
Being the parent of a toddler you watch a lot of children’s programming on TV. Some is good for them but mind numbing for you, some is dialog heavy and over their heads and then you get some that hit the perfect balance that everyone can enjoy. Sesame Street is the gold standard for that... Read more »

The Emotions When a Catholic School Closes

The Emotions When a Catholic School Closes
I feel for the students, staff, alumni and friends associated with Queen of Peace High School (77th & Linder) and its announcement this week that they are closing. If you know me personally and/or read this blog regularly you know I’ve said “Catholic Schools are special” repeatedly. I should know I attended four of them,... Read more »
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The Flaws of NBA All Star Fan Vote and Russell Westbrook on the Bench

The Flaws of NBA All Star Fan Vote and Russell Westbrook on the Bench
With the Presidential inauguration weekend just behind us we can sit here and debate until the cows come home about how flawed the voting process is. But love it or leave it the alternatives suck even more. With that said, how in the name of James Naismith did Russell Westbrook not be voted into the... Read more »

Shopping For The Family Truckster: Buick Enclave, Jeep Grand Cherokee & Tesla Model S

So this week I wanted to check on actual SUV’s in my search to replace our family truckster. The first vehicle was a 2014 Buick Enclave, essentially the model replacement for our GMC Envoy Denali. Now the Enclave is bigger, has three rows of seating and is more car like. When you drive it, you... Read more »

The End of The Greatest Show on Earth

The End of The Greatest Show on Earth
When I heard about the end of the Ringling Brothers Circus closing this spring is was very saddening to me because being “old school” I feel like a trip to the circus is a right of passage for childhood. Now I realize there is still the UniverSoul circus that comes to Washington Park every autumn.... Read more »
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Shopping for the Family Truckster: Full Sized American Cars

Shopping for the Family Truckster: Full Sized American Cars
So over the next few months I am in the process of researching, shopping and testing a replacement for our 2005 GMC Envoy Denali. Today I started with two SUV alternatives the 2014 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 2LZ and the 2014 Chrysler 300s. For me the Impala was a very familiar drive, I have 20 years... Read more »
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