7 01, 2016

Why Giving Is Not a Zero-Sum Game…

By | 2017-05-24T01:37:58+00:00 January 7th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

So in the last three days, I've seen three GoFundMe projects that have caught my eye. The first was for the family of a three year old boy who died in a horrific accident on New Year's eve. The second was for a dear friend and former radio guy whose family has fallen on some [...]

30 12, 2015

It Could Have Been So Much Worse…

By | 2017-05-24T01:37:58+00:00 December 30th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Saturday. December 26, 2015. My phone rang; it was my friend Bobby, with whom I share office space. Oh no, I thought as I answered. "Hey Bobby, what's going on?" "Dude, you need to get down to the office and salvage what you can. The water is rising. Fast." St. Louis, Missouri was in the [...]

20 12, 2015

Enough of the Mean…

By | 2017-05-24T01:37:58+00:00 December 20th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

It was 11 p.m. (ish) and I couldn't sleep. My wife had drifted off almost an hour prior, and I longed to join her in slumberland. Maybe it was the "to-do" list racing through my head of the last minute gifts, or wrapping up in important video edit, or the seemingly endless state of suck [...]

4 12, 2015

She Was Buried With a Fork in her Hand

By | 2017-05-24T01:37:59+00:00 December 4th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

There are so many things that tell us that we are doomed as people. Hate. Disease. Despair. Mass shootings. Safe spaces. Cancer. Racism from all races. Everybody playing "Gotcha!" "Gotcha!" is one that gets to me a lot, because it typifies despair paired with an utter lack of genial discourse. It's nothing but a game [...]

3 11, 2015

A Huge Lesson I Learned From This Halloween…

By | 2017-05-24T01:37:59+00:00 November 3rd, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Halloween may be my favorite holiday. I mean, I love all holidays, but Halloween is the first biggie of the holiday favorite time of year. I remember the first time I ever went trick-or-treating. We had just moved to Chicago from Ireland a few months prior, and I was having a little problem getting [...]

13 10, 2015

The One and Only Way to Deal With Cancer…

By | 2017-05-24T01:37:59+00:00 October 13th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

I hate kale. I really want to like it. I know it's a super-food. I know there's the equivalent of four thousand times the recommended daily allowance of vitamin D, iron, and rust. And I've tried to fancy it up by cooking it in butter and lemon and sea salt and a hint of Parmesan [...]

7 10, 2015

Taylor Swift 1, Prudence Nil…

By | 2016-01-11T02:26:23+00:00 October 7th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Taylor Swift came to town. As catchy as I find one of her songs (see: Blank Space), I'm a 43-year-old dad with two boys; Ms. Swift is really not in my wheelhouse, though I do hear she's very, very nice. However, she is wildly popular with most of the girls in my sons' classes at [...]

23 09, 2015

The Legend of Bud Clever…

By | 2017-05-24T01:37:59+00:00 September 23rd, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

"Sixteen hundred!" Two Saturdays ago, Victor "Bud" Clever found himself at a charity event bidding on a black Labrador. As the the auctioneer barked for more money, Victor...forgetting that he was the one who was now the holder of the leading bid...shouted, "Two thousand!" The auctioneer double-taked the man in the Hunter S. Thompson hat [...]

3 09, 2015

How to Get Your Own Island During Cancer…

By | 2017-05-24T01:37:59+00:00 September 3rd, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

I'm a big believer that cancer intensifies everything, and almost overnight. A journey in treatment is a microcosm of a life, but instead of taking eighty years, it can happen in as little as eighteen weeks. You love harder, hurt more painfully, fall more rapidly, grow more quickly, and pull off the stupidest of the [...]