Archive for February 2017

Why We Celebrate African American History Month

Why We Celebrate African American History Month
It’s as simple as our stories, our history and our heroes were overlooked. This is nothing against any other ethnicity, we are a minority people and mainstream history doesn’t always cover us well. So starting with Carter G. Woodson in 1926 we got Negro History Week. Pictured is my childhood library on the South Side... Read more »

What is a 24 Hour Gym?

What is a 24 Hour Gym?
So in my quest to “bring sexy back”, I’ve joined a gym again. I’ll be honest I’ve struggled with my weight and being fit forever and I’ve had several gym memberships in my life. But this new trend of the 24 hour gym seems like a good fit. I first started going to the gym... Read more »

Chicago's Violence is Not An Easy Fix

Chicago's Violence is Not An Easy Fix
I’ve read in the last few days I’ve read two thoughts on fixing Chicago’s violence, one including having former President Barack Obama “come home” and save us. The other was to create checkpoints and block off areas like a communist country. I understand people want to fix this problem but it was decades in the... Read more »
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The Downtempo Demise of Sporting Goods Stores

The Downtempo Demise of Sporting Goods Stores
On Friday I received a email from MC Sports (I belonged to their rewards program), stating they were closing all of their stores and going through a liquidation. It was sad for me to read this because I have been a fan and customer of MC Sports for almost 30 years. Back in the late... Read more »

Another Catholic School Closing

Another Catholic School Closing
I was saddened to hear of Saint Joseph’s College closing in Rensselaer, Indiana. As a lifelong Catholic who is the product of Catholic schools on all levels (including college), I hate to hear of Catholic schools closing. But this one is personal because I’ve visited that campus and considered it for my undergraduate education. Saint... Read more »

The Legacy of Al Jarreau

The Legacy of Al Jarreau
It brings me great sadness that Milwaukee native and R&B and jazz singing legend Al Jarreau passed today. He was scheduled to perform locally at the Genesee Theater in Waukegan on February 24th. It was just cancelled this past Wednesday as Al announced his retirement from touring due to poor health. Man I loved his... Read more »
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How to Visit The Shedd Aquarium with a Toddler

How to Visit The Shedd Aquarium with a Toddler
So a few weeks ago on a free Monday I took my family to the John G. Shedd Aquarium and let me tell about their upcoming free days: February 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 21, 27, 28. Now that just gets you in the door, extras like the shows in the Oceanarium, movies... Read more »
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