Sixty years of The Rolling Stones

July 12, 1962. The Marquee Club, in London. It was the first official gig of The Rolling Stones. This was the setlist from that show, none of which you’re likely to hear at a current Stones concert: 1. “Kansas City”2. “Baby What’s Wrong”3. “Confessin’ the Blues”4. “Bright Lights, Big City”  5. “Dust My Broom”  6.... Read more »

The ban on assault weapons needs to start in Illinois

Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Newtown, Connecticut. December 14, 2012. Twenty-six dead. Twenty children, six adults. Robb Elementary School, in Uvalde Texas, May 24, 2022. Twenty-one children, two adults. After the massacre in Newtown, there were calls for strict gun safety legislation, especially on assault weapons. Nothing was done. After the massacre in Uvalde, there... Read more »

After a day like yesterday, memories of old school Highland Park brings comfort

I’m from Highland Park. Yeah, my time there wasn’t my happiest. My high school years were filled with angst, insecurity and immaturity. As I found out later, I wasn’t the only one. Far from it. Damn, I wish I knew that then. Still my life was full of privilege growing up in that community. I... Read more »

Mass shootings can happen in your town

When you think of Highland Park, what first comes to your mind? Ravinia? Lake Michigan? John Hughes movies? High-priced homes on Sheridan Road? Whatever it is, they’ve now moved down the list a spot or two. Highland Park, Illinois is now the latest town to have a mass shooting. My family lived in Highland Park... Read more »

The 'we're saying it out loud' edition of The Month in Review

We’ve reached the final day of June. Can you believe this year is halfway over? I swear it was January a few days ago, right? Anyway, it’s that time again to look at the absurdities that occurred over the sixth month of the year. June was dominated by news about abortion and gun rights. It’s... Read more »

The new gun bill is a good start, but that's all it is

Joe Biden~“Tonight, after 28 years of inaction, bipartisan members of Congress came together to heed the call of families across the country and passed legislation to address the scourge of gun violence in our communities.” Congratulations! It only took the senseless deaths of nineteen children and two teachers for our politicians to come to their... Read more »

Eric Clapton's "Nothing but the Blues" is a special album

When Eric Clapton straps on his guitar, chances are something good will happen. When Eric Clapton plays the blues, the good turns into something special. In 1994, Clapton was touring in support of his “From the Cradle” album. Filming and recording sessions were done over two November concerts at the Fillmore, in San Francisco. A... Read more »

While I still miss my dad, Father's Day continues to get better

It was June 1982. My father had died less than two months earlier, at the tender age of fifty-seven. My thirtieth birthday was on the eleventh of the month. I was having dinner that night with my mother and my youngest brother. There wasn’t much of a celebration. We were sad over someone who should... Read more »

For Donald Trump, it was always all about the Benjamins

Yesterday was Donald Trump’s birthday. June 14. Flag Day. Ironic isn’t it His organization celebrated by sending me an email. It directed me to a link that would allow me to leave a b-day greeting to the former guy. There was only one catch. I needed to make a donation. $5, $10, $25, $45, $100,... Read more »

The road to seventy got a bit 'rocky', but gratefully I'm still here

They say truth is stranger than fiction. Sure, it’s cliche, but that doesn’t mean it’s wrong. I’ve been chronicling the road to age seventy since the beginning of 2022, Yeah, there have been a few hiccups along the way, but for the most part, the sailing has been smooth. I even found acceptance of this... Read more »
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    Every five years or so I decide to update this section. I can't believe I've been doing this for close to ten years. The last time I did this I was close to sixty years old. Now I'm just a few months away from the big 7-ZERO. Scary AF!!! I'm pretty sure I won't be doing an update when I hit 80, but you never know. But until then, lets just be grateful.

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