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70 Years Since Jackie Robinson Broke Baseball's Color Line

70 Years Since Jackie Robinson Broke Baseball's Color Line
This Saturday marks 70 years since Jackie Robinson took the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers and broke baseballs “color line”. It was so much more than that, it would be the next summer that President Truman desegregated the armed forces with executive order 9981. It would be eight years before Rosa Parks refused to give... Read more »

A Guy's Guide To Outlet Malls

A Guy's Guide To Outlet Malls
Now I know us guys don’t like to shop unless it’s a tool, car or food to grill. But outlet malls are little different, I like them, usually they are outside (The one by O’Hare is the exception), so you get some fresh air because I hate to cooped up somewhere like a bird about to... Read more »

How To Shop A Store That is Closing

How To Shop A Store That is Closing
It seems every day in the news we hear about a retailer that is closing some of it stores or going out of business completely. I can remember 25 years ago when I was in high school there seemed to be a plethora of what seemed to be “old school” stores closing their doors. So... Read more »
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The Legacy of Toots Thieleman

The Legacy of Toots Thieleman
You’ve heard the work of Jean “Toots” Thielman, you may not know who is he was but he was one of the musicians who was everywhere and worked with everyone. He was on commercials, pop music, jazz music, even performed the theme to the iconic children’s show Sesame Street. His work was featured in many... Read more »

My Evolution of Lawn Mowing

My Evolution of Lawn Mowing
I’ve been doing landscaping and cutting grass for 30 years and over 20 of those years I cut grass for people other than my parents. Starting my senior year at Brother Rice I cut several yards a week. When my late father retired to south Illinois I really cut some grass, he had seven acres,... Read more »

Summer Memories: Owasippe Scout Camp Twin Lake MI

Summer Memories: Owasippe Scout Camp Twin Lake MI
From the time I was 11 years old until I was 19 years old, most summers I spent a week at Boy Scout Summer camp. Its called Owasippe Scout camp in Twin Lake MI, roughly 3 hours north of Chicago just north of Muskegon. The camp is within the Manistee National Forest and is just... Read more »
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How to Blog When It Doesn't Come Easy

How to Blog When It Doesn't Come Easy
Being a writer is very much like being a baseball player, you have good days and bad days and some days you have to play without your best stuff. Right now writing wise I’m like beloved Chicago White Sox, I started out the year red hot, writing every day, had great topics doing great and... Read more »

When Did July 4th Become Bomb The Hell Out of Your Neighbor Day?

When Did July 4th Become Bomb The Hell Out of Your Neighbor Day?
I know I sound like an old man telling you to stay off of my yard but man in the last 10 years 4th of July has gotten ridiculous. When I lived in West Pullman 10 years ago, we used to say it sounded like Iraq (and that was before people called it Chi-raq), because... Read more »

What I Want For Father's Day, An Afternoon With My Late Father

What I Want For Father's Day, An Afternoon With My Late Father
I’ve already been asked what I want for Father’s Day. Last year (my first father’s day), I stated every day is father’s day for me and it still is. I guess I could use a new cordless drill, I’ve had the same one since my junior year in college (18 years ago), they don’t make... Read more »
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What I Know About Happiness

What I Know About Happiness
The past two years have taught me more about happiness than the other 38 combined. Happiness is not a place, not a thing, can’t be purchased, can’t be taught or be found. Happiness is a state of mind, if you chase it, your ass will be running forever. If think you can hold it tightly... Read more »
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