“There's nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein.” -Red Smith

Looking Back


There will be a few new faces around the dinner table this Thanksgiving. Two of them will belong to new great-nephews who were born this year: Roman and Miles.  Of course, neither of these sweet little boys will actually be sitting with us at the table.  They’ll mostly be napping while being passed from Mommy […]

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My friend, Steve, used to write a newspaper column.  That was before he started his own business and became independently wealthy. You didn’t know people who write newspaper columns could be so smart, did you? I don’t begrudge Steve for leaving journalism, or for making millions.  In fact, I’m kind of proud of him.  I’m […]

As a high school senior in the early 1970s, there were a lot of places I wanted to go: Europe, Hawaii, backstage at a Chicago concert, the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders locker room.  But there was one place I actually had a chance of going where I definitely didn’t want to go. Vietnam. Don’t get me […]


In honor of the end of Daylight Savings Time 2010 I am conducting a little experiment. As I sit to write, the clock on my computer indicates that it is 9:08 p.m. – the same time that is on my wristwatch.  However, our microwave tells me that it is 9:15, the VCR says it is […]