Archive for November 2014

The giving of Thanksgiving: can you help this family out?

The giving of Thanksgiving: can you help this family out?
I don’t usually make appeals like this. Actually I never do. But I was moved to tell this story. In July of this year, a woman named Beverly Donehey passed away. I never knew this woman. She came and went in the world and her legacy has never been recognized for what I have been... Read more »

Shopping on Thanksgiving Day: is the greed necessary?

Last week I received a postcard in the mail that Old Navy was having a “pre Black Friday sale” November 22nd. Fifty percent off EVERYTHING IN THE STORE. The fine print is of course that you have to use their credit card or you only get thirty percent off. I just happen to have that... Read more »

Losing a parent: does time ever really heal?

Losing a parent: does time ever really heal?
Today marks exactly fifteen weeks since my father passed away. I remember so vividly the phone call from my sister, screaming “He’s gone, he’s gone” over and over. I’d had my bag packed to go see him that morning. I knew that time was running out and I had to get up there (Madison). I... Read more »
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"YOU" by Caroline Kepnes: why it's the best book I've read in years and why you should read it too

"YOU" by Caroline Kepnes: why it's the best book I've read in years and why you should read it too
I’m not typically a book reviewer, I just read something and move on to the next. I do read book reviews however and it was in People Magazine that I came across one of their “picks”. ¬†They recommended a book called “You”, by debut author Caroline Kepnes. They referred to it as chilling. That’s all... Read more »

Election Day 2014: Why I am looking forward to it

Election Day 2014: Why I am looking forward to it
Every time we near an election day I start to cringe. As a kid, my parents were not only into politics, they were campaign managers for several candidates. They were away all the time, at meetings, rallies and any other event that promoted their candidates. They managed the campaigns of former Niles Mayor Nicholas Blase... Read more »