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When It’s The End

Been in Florida the past couple of days. I always joke that Florida is “God’s waiting room” but today it is. My wife’s father is in hospice. I am learning a lot about end of life. I haven’t spent much …

Would I Want My Daughter To Work For Uber?

One of the things we used to joke about years ago was having daughters.  When I had my first daughter, my trader friends in the pit showered me with bar room humor.  “God’s way of getting even with you.”, was …

Frederick Douglass and Black History Month

Last evening I had the privilege of going to a celebration of Fredrick Douglass.  It was on the South side of Chicago at 47th and MLK Drive.  I didn’t know a lot about Frederick Douglass other than he was raised …

Trump Loses on Department of Labor Law

“With or without regulation by the federal government, the principle of ‘clients first’ is here to stay.” – Jack Bogle When I read the Department of Labor was wading into financial regulation, my first inclination was dread.  I didn’t trust …

What’s Old Is Old

I played a basketball game before the Super Bowl yesterday.  Reggie Jackson of the Detroit Pistons coached the kids.  He was a great sport.  We had a good time.  I am feeling it big time today.  There are so many …

Take The Pats

Super Bowl Sunday.  I am playing in a benefit basketball game today at Oakland University.  If you want to support FoundationForFamilies.org that’s who we are playing for.  But, really, we are playing for my friend’s son Sam. Sam had a …

It’s Simple To Care of Your Gluten Free Friends

This Sunday is the big game.  Super Bowl.  It’s become something of a national holiday.  Of course, I will be in Detroit, Michigan playing in Sam’s Game.  Read about it here.  But, I was thinking about how America entertains for …

Gonna Lace Em Up One Last Time

On February 5th, I will be in Detroit to play in Sam’s Game.  The backstory on this is short and sweet. I met Dan Pelekoudas and Mike Spehn when I was a fifth-grader and we (along with some other guys) …

When Government Shoots You In the Back

The Illinois tech community is doing great.  I see all kinds of really interesting businesses that are building.  I am invested in a few.  They are solving problems and creating value for customers.  Someday, they will be big.  In the …

Happy New Year

People love to make predictions and resolutions at the turn of the year.  I was never much for that. But, this year there are some things I want to change and it’s going to involve conscious effort on my part. What …

What Do You Serve For Holiday Dinners?

One of the cool things about America is how families interpret holidays. My Italian friends put an Italian spin on Thanksgiving. For Christmas when I was growing up Christmas Eve was always spaghetti. We had a crowd and it was …

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to you and your family.  Peace on earth, goodwill to men.  It’s also Hanukkuh. Hanukkah Sameach to you and your family. After church last night, my family did our traditional poem gifts. It was funny. We pick a person’s …

The Chicago Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Lost One This Week

On December 4th, Professor Paul Magelli Sr. passed away.  I used to lecture at Paul’s classes. He was really really a great guy.  I always told him one of my regrets in life was not taking a class taught by …

Something Fun

My friend Janine put this on her Facebook.  She was in my MBA class at Chicago Booth.  We can all use a little fun. Come on someone, do this with me! Here it goes… Tattoos……………………No  (not too many in my …

A Brilliant Thing Happened In Champaign

Yesterday my wife and I drove down to Champaign.  She was in a sorority, and her friends were getting together.  The Illini were playing Minnesota for Homecoming. Illinois football has a long way to go before it’s going to be …

Fees on Accounts-The Government Is Enabling A Shake Down

The Department of Labor recently changed regulations on how brokerage agencies can charge fees to accounts.  Remind me again why the Department of Labor is stepping into the relationship between a broker and customer again?  It’s another example of government …

What Is Joy? What Is Happiness?

A lot has been written about happiness. How do you get it?  A lot of people are meditating, and trying to practice mindfulness.  I have seen groups form up that talk about “spirit” and other things.  A lot of what …

The Cherry Bounce

In our family, we like to make concoctions. After a trip to Italy, we learned how to make Limoncello. We always have a bottle in the freezer now. We started making our own bacon. When you make your own bacon …