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Sometimes You Need To Do Things That Scare You

Sometimes You Need To Do Things That Scare You
Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt said “Every day you should do something that scares you” I don’t know about you but I get too comfortable in my own little world and get fearful of getting in over my head. But for the past few months I have this rotting deck in my backyard. I first... Read more »

30 Years Since My First Time At Summer Camp

30 Years Since My First Time At Summer Camp
Man this week marks 30 years since I first went to Owasippe Scout Camp in Twin Lakes Michigan. Am I that old? That was a week that changed me forever, I was 11 years old, only having been in Boy Scouts since the beginning of the year, though I was involved in Cub Scouts for... Read more »

Father's Day Doesn't Get Any Easier

Father's Day Doesn't Get Any Easier
This is my fourth Father’s day without my old man and like him Father’s Day isn’t a big deal to me. My wife gives me plenty of time with our son and I soak it up, I’m just doing my job as a dad and being with my kid. But I miss my old man... Read more »
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30 Years Since L.L. Cool J's "I'm Bad"

30 Years Since L.L. Cool J's "I'm Bad"
One of my favorite memories of growing on the south side in West Pullman was sitting on my parent’s porch at the old house on 123rd Street. Growing up there or my friend Terry’s house (on the other side of 123rd Street), was the gathering spot since we lived on opposite corners. It was a young black... Read more »

What is My African American Experience?

What is My African American Experience?
In the words of Chicago Tribune reporter Dahleen Glanton “Its tough being black in America. But don’t pity me.” Lebron James had said last week (after his house was defaced with a racial slur), that “Its tough being black in America” and it is. I think this year has opened a lot of eyes to... Read more »

The Death of Clerks Star Lisa Spoonauer

The Death of Clerks Star Lisa Spoonauer
In the same week we lose Soundgarden’s Chis Cornell, Lisa Spoonauer one of the stars of the cult movie Clerks also passes. For those of us coming of age in the mid 90’s it’s a cruel wakeup call that we aren’t in our 20’s anymore. Lisa played the iconic Caitlin Bree in 1994’s breakout hit Clerks directed... Read more »
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Black Hole Sun: The Loss of Soundgarden's Chris Cornell

Black Hole Sun: The Loss of Soundgarden's Chris Cornell
Hearing that Chris Cornell died the other day was sad, I’m a huge fan of Soundgarden and especially their 1994 hit “Black Hole Sun”, it defined my time at DePaul University and remains one of my top ten favorite songs. That psychedelic video, Cornell’s searing vocals and wailing guitar are infectious and have got me... Read more »

The Lost Art of Personal Landscaping

The Lost Art of Personal Landscaping
This past weekend I was visiting with my in laws and my father in law was cutting the grass, pretty normal right? Actually pretty rare. I walked around his upper middle class neighborhood with my son, my mom, my wife and her family to go to the park and saw no less than six professional... Read more »

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 »
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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 »