Calling People of Compassion…

Not long ago, whenever a coworker, friend, neighbor or family member came to me when they were doing some fund-raising activity, I opened up my checkbook. I ended up with a freezer full of cookies from the Girl Scouts and popcorn from the Boy Scouts. And I have a t-shirt collection from the March of…

Happy Mardi Gras: A Brief History (Some of It True)

What a great holiday! Sandwiched between the Epiphany in January (which commemorates the incarnation of Jesus Christ) and Ash Wednesday (a time of repentance), Mardi Gras is a time for fun! Mardi Gras represents everything that’s great about hedonism wrapped in religion. PULL UP YOUR SHIRT AND HAVE ANOTHER DRINK is what Mardi Gras literally…

Valentine’s Day. What? AGAIN?!

As a general rule, I’m not a fan of a holiday that encourages even the most cold-hearted clod to be sweet and nice one day out of the year. Be a complete jerk, be unfaithful, be a whiner, be a wino every other day of the year. Scream when you don’t get your way, or…

Snow Days

Here in the Midwest, we’ve been socked with snow. On every news channel is a warning: Stay indoors. Stay off the roads. Schools are closed, businesses are closed. I expect that the Post Office will not deliver mail today unless they have a team of mushers. So what do you do with a snow day,…

Happy MLKD: A Tribute

Martin Luther King, Jr. elevated the discussion of offering the same civil rights to all Americans at a dark time in our nation’s history. Years ago I heard someone say that King was instrumental to helping blacks. Which is wrong on so many levels. King helped all Americans by holding up the mirror to those…

A Resolution to Keep

According to a recent study, 52% of the population make New Year’s Resolutions each year; however, only 12% keep them. Math Challenge: A classroom of 28 boys and 32 girls takes a math test on a Tuesday. On Thursday, 14 different boys and 17 girls take the same test in that same classroom. Those who…

Give the Gift of Undies…

So what can you do with a pair of underwear this holiday season? Here are a few things I can think of… Go for the tax break. Bill Clinton once made headlines when he filed a tax return in which he deducted $2 for each pair of underwear he donated to a clothing bank. His…

The Mystery of the Brown Comforter…

I didn’t think much about the package left on my front porch the other evening. The side of the box displayed the logo of a large on-line distributor that I had ordered from a couple of years ago. But once I opened the package, I became perplexed. Inside was a brown, twin-sized comforter, and that…

A Brief History of Thanksgiving (Some of It True)

Thanksgiving has been celebrated in the United States each November since 1863 before officially being signed into law by Franklin Roosevelt in 1941, fixing Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November. While many believe that the roots of Thanksgiving are religious, giving thanks to God for His bounty, many historians note that the practice of…

50 Years: The Race Well Run

Many competitions in life award the win to those who do things the fastest: Ate 13 hotdogs in 5 minutes Ran a marathon in 2 hours, 4 minutes Finished a four-year college degree in 2 years But at least one reward should go to those who practice endurance and perseverance. In a land of drive-thru…

Happy Columbus Day! A Brief History (Some of It True)

Nearly every school child has heard the rhyme “In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue” to help cement the date when Columbus discovered America. This blog is to set the story straight. Here are some well known facts: Columbus came from Genoa (now part of Italy). Originally, he tried to secure a commission from Portugal…

911

I stood in the lobby talking with Shelly, a colleague who had traveled up from Quincy, IL for a meeting in our Chicago headquarters. We stood chatting about what was new in our lives when my boss, Ray, walked up to us with a dazed look . “Did you hear? A plane just hit the…