The Good Side of a Bad Blizzard

As hundreds of thousands of commuters across Chicagoland breathe a collective sigh of relief as we dig our way out of Friday afternoon’s “couldn’t-come-at-a-worse-time” blizzard, this dad woke up to a quite Saturday morning, grateful he wasn’t stuck in four-plus-hours of traffic yesterday, and determined to shovel his way out of the eight inches of snow topping his driveway. I…

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Erma. And Mom.

My mom was your typical mom of the sixties and seventies. She was a stay-at-home mom (long before the term “stay-at-home” was even used).  She was just a mom. Like millions of other women. Overworked. Under-appreciated. And certainly under-represented in media. Then came the refreshing, honest voice of another mom from Dayton, Ohio. Her name was Erma Bombeck. She started…

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Eulogy for my Brother

Today would have been my brother Kevin’s 57th birthday. He died at the age of 46.  I lovingly publish the eulogy I gave for Kevin annually on this day to celebrate him, remember him, and share him. Kevin was the best. He really was. You would have liked him. And, I promise, no matter who you are, Kevin would have found…

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RADIO: Emotional Intelligence for Men (and Women!)

Today, we are joined by the highly entertaining and insightful Brooke Miller. Brooke is a licensed psychotherapist and a nationally published advice columnist. She’s founder of Soapbox Therapy – an extraordinary online portal providing a breakthrough approach to emotional well-being. She likes to refer to it as “emotional intelligence.” Brooke explains, “Emotional intelligence is the ability to notice things, understand things and piece…

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A Dad. A Son. A Comparison.

My teenage son regularly asks me if my high school experience was as stressful as his. The short answer to that question is, “Not even close.” But there’s a bigger answer out there. It’s an answer I’ve been noodling on since I’ve been the dad of teenagers for the last ten years or so. The truth is the teenage life…

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Sunset

The setting sun tonight was rather breathtaking. I saw it (the photo above is compliments of my iPhone) as I was running into the Apple store at the mall near our house. Breathtaking. I swear it was speaking to me. We’ve been enjoying some pretty terrific weather during the past few weeks. I think I’ve only pulled out my legitimate…

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A Minute Movie: Business Trip

I’m now the dad of a college graduate. And while I know firsthand that it’s a tough market to find a job, I’m a little pleased with myself for giving my boy a little extra experience under his belt. And I love the memory it gives me. Enjoy.    

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A Minute Movie: Floating Pants

From the mouth of babes… Remember when your clothes could make you smile? Laugh? Or giggle? Remember the feeling of a bunch of air bubbling up inside your bathing suit? Here’s wishing you – and your clothes – a few more smiles…

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