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The Emotions of Closing Your Father's Estate

The Emotions of Closing Your Father's Estate
Its been almost three months since my father passed and we are still working on his estate. There is a pending deal on his house and an auction in less than two weeks for most of his things. But its weird, I spent part of the weekend at his house and its just an old... Read more »

Father's Day Without The Old Man

Father's Day Without The Old Man
This upcoming week is leading up until Father’s Day and it’s been six weeks since my dad passed. The initial shock has worn down and the denial has passed. Some normalcy has come back but things are definitely different. For one I feel significantly different and see the world with a heavy heart, changed eyes... Read more »

Grilling Just Isn't The Same Without My Dad

My Dad at his best....
My father is an integral part of my BBQ experience as much as the Weber grill itself. My father was a BBQ pit master, before the TV show, before Food Network TV or any timed reality cooking show. He bought the pictured red 26 inch Weber grill in 1965 or 1966 for $ 80.00 and... Read more »
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How My Dad Taught Me To Embrace Life

How My Dad Taught Me To Embrace Life
In the two months of my father’s illness (his initial surgery was December 27th), I’ve learned a lot about myself and him despite he is not conscious of surroundings. In the beginning of his illness, I feared his death and how I would go on without him. Now granted my father & I didn’t have... Read more »

The Old Man and Me; A Fish Story

The Old Man and Me; A Fish Story
So I visited my father the past two days, doing a little better, even gripped my hand this past evening as I spoke to him but he still has a long way to go in recovery, so here is the next in my series of memories with him. When it was this time of year... Read more »

Happy Birthday Dad!

Happy Birthday Dad!
My father remains in Intensive Care in the transitional hospital and today February 4th is his 75th birthday. He was never big on birthdays. When I was younger all he wanted was a whipped cream cake. We’d go out to dinner and my mother would get a cake from the bakery at 118th & Western... Read more »
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The Next Issue In Healthcare Is Quality Of Care

The Next Issue In Healthcare Is Quality Of Care
So its been a month since my dad had triple bypass surgery and never recovered. He’s still in the transitional hospital Intensive Care Unit and not really getting any better. Like any of us he has good days & bad days, currently he’s fighting a tough infection, he’s had a couple before, including one of... Read more »

Movie Review For Black Air: The Grand National Story

Movie Review For Black Air: The Grand National Story
Black Air is the documentary about the 1984-1987 Buick Grand National (a turbocharged Buick Regal), that was cloaked in black and looked like a Buick but as fast as any car running in the mid 80’s. Especially the very limited Buick GNX which was the fastest US made production car in 1987. The movie Black... Read more »

How To Be A Great Santa Claus

How To Be A Great Santa Claus
Some years ago I took on the role of the big guy in the red suit for a large family function (including several dozen kids), that was also my introduction to my in laws. Despite never have been in any kind of costume or mascot I looked forward to it and enjoyed every minute of... Read more »
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Why Hip Hop Needs Its Own Hall of Fame

Why Hip Hop Needs Its Own Hall of Fame
The Rock n Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland is good, for those who play, follow and love rock music but let’s be honest, that’s largely pop culture and from day one hip hop has been its own culture (just like Rock N Roll was intially), hence why it was created. So many quality, smart... Read more »
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