Category: Change of Pace

Is America in a dark place? Or are we not focusing on the right things?

Is America in a dark place?  Or are we not focusing on the right things?
I haven’t written in many months.  Will I even be able to log on to my ChicagoNow account?  Do I still have one? There are so many things to write about.  I could write about the GOP tax plan and how I my tax bill will go up.  I could write about how Trump’s core... Read more »

My Jerry McGuire Moment: Are you living your dream—or deferring it?

My Jerry McGuire Moment: Are you living your dream—or deferring it?
Most mornings I wake up and go through the daily routine.  Shower, coffee, commute, get to the office, work a long and hopefully productive day, leave for another commute, if I get home in time, kiss the kids before they go to sleep, perhaps talk to my wife for a couple minutes, maybe eat, and... Read more »

New Year's Resolution: Just do it!

New Year's Resolution: Just do it!
“What do you want?” I was on my couch, watching Good Will Hunting and Sean McGuire (Robin Williams) asked Will Hunting (Matt Damon), “What do you want?” That question stuck with me throughout the remainder of the film as Will tries to find his way– at 20 years old. I am 42.  At 42, I’m... Read more »
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The Death of Daniel Fleetwood, The Force, Life’s Moments, and Awesome Strangers

The Death of Daniel Fleetwood, The Force, Life’s Moments, and Awesome Strangers
I sit at my desk this morning not certain what to write about.  I have several ideas floating in my brain.  Thoughts about Starbucks (this is really an issue?!); I still can’t get over Tyshawn Lee’s death and I find what’s going on at the University of Missouri very interesting.  I also want to write... Read more »

The 2015 Chicago Cubs and Baseball Magic: If you love baseball, enjoy this team.

The 2015 Chicago Cubs and Baseball Magic: If you love baseball, enjoy this team.
There is a certain magic of being at Wrigley Field.  It is hallowed ground.  I’ve been there on nights of big games and you can feel ghosts.  Maybe it’s the smoke from rooftops across Sheffield, but I can feel Cubs heroes and legends past.  They are over our shoulders watching alongside with us, hoping like... Read more »

Why I’m done with self-centered, injury prone Derrick Rose

Why I’m done with self-centered, injury prone Derrick Rose
Derrick Rose is injured.  That sentence is used as often as: Illinois governor on trial; government shutdown; Karen Lewis yells at mayor; and pension payments fall short.  I should be used to seeing “Derrick Rose injured” by now as it happens in Chicago more often than snow, but I’m still sore over it.  I was... Read more »
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Taxes, education and violence: Is it time to leave Chicago for the suburbs?

Taxes, education and violence: Is it time to leave Chicago for the suburbs?
Is it time to move out of the city of Chicago?  Are you raising a family in the city of Chicago?  Is it time to leave?  Is it time to move to Evanston?  Maybe you’re thinking Oak Park, Evergreen Park or Berwyn?  Maybe Park Ridge?  Have you had enough?    Have you started your pros and... Read more »

Chicago Cubs fans: It’s time to bring Steve Bartman home

Chicago Cubs fans: It’s time to bring Steve Bartman home
Chicago Cubs and playoffs in the same sentence!  I don’t want to get ahead of ourselves, but its September 10th and the Cubs are 8.5 games ahead of the San Francisco Giants for the second wildcard playoff spot (after a tough loss yesterday).  But for me right now, it’s less about the playoffs—and I’m excited... Read more »

A happy life turned upside down by midlife crisis: An ode to her

A happy life turned upside down by midlife crisis: An ode to her
I am a happy man.  I’m in my early 40s; in September my wife and I will celebrate our tenth wedding anniversary.  My kids are six and three and provide a ton of pleasure watching them enjoy life.  Life is busy, but good.   I’m lucky because I recognize that life has been good to me... Read more »
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Grow Old with Dignity and Respect– by Bernie Meyers

Grow Old with Dignity and Respect– by Bernie Meyers
*The following was written by Bernie Meyers in 1997 and is included in Chapter One of his book titled: Aging Gracefully (My ass!)*   It’s not easy!  I have these marvelous ideas, but can’t retain them long enough to pass on as sage words of wisdom.  I flirt with lovely ladies, but can’t remember why. ... Read more »