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A Travel Tip

Today I am traveling to San Francisco.  A few weeks ago, I took a trip. A carry-on bag that I had bought on the cheap in 2006 finally died. I started shopping.  I couldn’t make a decision about what features …

Double Nickels

I turn 55 today.  What a long strange trip it’s been.  Thanks to anyone who helped me on the voyage.

Happy Easter

Hope you make it a great day.  We are headed to the beach early this morning for a sunrise service.  Then, off to a pancake house for our traditional breakfast.  Not too cold this morning but a little rainy.  Making …

I’m Sorry. Stop Your Day and Read This Story

I know you are busy. Life goes so fast these days it’s hard to find time to stop.  It’s hard to find headspace to just drain your brain of all thought and quiet your body and spirit.  If you are …

The Top 100

I saw this article about the Top 100 basketball players in Illinois High School history. It’s impressive. I have played against some of them. If I were doing the list, I would have had separate lists for men and women. …

The Final Journey

The final journey isn’t shared. It’s your own, and you face it alone. Your family and friends are there for the ride. Your body, and your psyche call the shots. But, there is an end to the journey. I think …

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 …