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Looking Back

Jan
19
Posted at 12:09 am

My eldest son, Joe, is trying to save my life. Even if it kills me. “I want you to be around to play with my grandkids,” he said. No big deal, I thought. For Joe, grandchildren are probably only a decade away. “I’m only 56, Son,” I said. “I think I can make it for [...]

Dec
29
Posted at 11:40 am

I don’t mean to be morbid or anything, but what if the Mayan calendar is right? Of course, I realize that there is considerable disagreement about whether or not the Mayan calendar actually predicts the end of the world due to “cataclysmic events” (like collisions with black holes, asteroids or a planet called “Nibiru”) on [...]

Nov
16
Posted at 12:17 pm

The recent re-release of Disney’s “The Lion King” (3D! Blu-ray! Diamond Edition 2-disc set!) takes me back to the day Anita and I took our five children to see the animated film when it was released in 1994. Even with a 2-year-old in tow, the cinematic experience was pretty overwhelming. I don’t know what came [...]

Nov
02
Posted at 2:05 pm

I can relate to Kim Kardashian. No, really. I can. Aside from the fact that I’m a 56-year-old, slightly frumpy (OK, more than slightly), conservative male who never stepped on a red carpet in his life, I can totally understand what she’s going through right now. Forget that I don’t know a single detail of [...]

Oct
26

I don’t know how it is at your house, but when our kids were growing up there were always two questions that invariably occupied an inordinate amount of time and attention this time every year: what were the children going to be for Halloween, and where did Mom hide the trick-or-treat candy? Through the years, [...]

Oct
19
Posted at 11:47 pm

I’m a news and information kind of a guy – an AM radio junkie. So that’s usually what you’ll find me listening to during my daily commute to and from work. News. Sports. Information. But sometimes, when the mood is right – or when there’s nothing really interesting being talked about on my usual all-talk [...]

Oct
05

It hit me while I was eating lunch the other day.  I was sitting there looking at what I’d ordered – a double cheeseburger with pastrami, a large order of onion rings and a diet soft drink – and I wondered if anyone else could see the inconsistency in front of me. I’m about to [...]

Sep
04
Posted at 4:54 pm

(The following column was written Tuesday morning, Sept. 11, 2001, as events unfolded. It is reprinted this week in remembrance . . . and hope.) The world changed Tuesday morning. A thick cloud of smoke and dust still hangs heavily over the New York City skyline. Firefighters and emergency personnel are responding to crises in [...]

Aug
11

Memo to my friends in the class of ’73: I have important news. Once in a lifetime news. News you’ve waiting 38 years to hear. I can finally grow sideburns! I know that you have been waiting for this moment, so you can move on with your lives now. My facial hair has come in. [...]

Jun
16
Posted at 9:20 pm

This Father’s Day I’m going to be thinking about Greg. Not because he’s the world’s best or most experienced father. As this is being written, Greg has officially been a father for a grand total of 29 hours. But in that long day-plus-five-hours of fatherhood he has experience: the wondrous thrill of childbirth; the overwhelming [...]