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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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »

Did Disney Kill The Muppets?

Did Disney Kill The Muppets?
I just heard Friday morning from WGN TV’s Dean Richards that ABC mercifully cancelled The Muppets. As much as I’m a Muppet man from way back, that raunchy, bad re-creation of The Office and Curb Your Enthusiam needed to be taken out in the street and shot. I’m 40 years old, I have Muppet albums... Read more »
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Milestone Birthdays Are No Joke

Milestone Birthdays Are No Joke
So six weeks ago I turned 40, people at work put a tombstone on my desk (pictured), and we all had great fun at my expense. Then a few weeks later a normal cold (well upper respiratory infection), combined with a spicy chicken meal (I had no business eating), made me violently ill. Since then... Read more »

Keeping My Resolutions: Writing More

Keeping My Resolutions: Writing More
One of the things I said I’d do this year was write more. Sounds easy, I’ve been doing this blog for four years in its present form and another 8 years in various forms prior to that. But I usually wasn’t writing a lot, once a week at best. After I made an appearance on... Read more »

The Legacy of My Godfather: Mahatma White

The Legacy of My Godfather: Mahatma White
14 years ago this week (February 19th), we lost my godfather Mahatma White. It was one of lowest points of my life, he died suddenly and only months after the 9/11 tragedy and not quite a year removed from losing my oldest brother. My uncle “Mahat” was a beloved figure in our family. He was... Read more »
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African American Culinary Heroes: Harold Pierce "The Fried Chicken King"

African American Culinary Heroes: Harold Pierce "The Fried Chicken King"
If you love fried chicken and you live near Chicago, then you know what Harold’s is. I remember as a kid (in the early 1980’s), riding with my mother to school and the Harold’s that used to be on 107th & King Drive had a white 1970’s Cadillac parked on the sidewalk. This was no... Read more »
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