You Don’t Know Jack

Rick called. When Rick calls he’s always even-voiced. Calm. Matter-of-fact. Business-as-usual. But there is a little drama in his voice this day, a telltale inflection of excitement that belies his usual demeanor. “You’re working Igby’s Friday night, and Jack Rollins is coming to see you.” It’s 1993. We’re living in Southern California, out past the […]

I just played a small part in a new online/streaming video series. The “Pure Flix Comedy All-Stars” will be available sometime in mid-February, and it was a blast to be part of such a cool event. Show business is as much about the “business” part as the “show” part, and the sooner people in the […]

So the Cubs win their first World Series since 1908. Some thoughts from a lifelong fan who enjoyed the 2016 season more than most. Everyone except some diehard fans in Cleveland are Cubs fans in November, 2016. I have no problem with that. The Cubs were fun, exciting, dramatic and… oh, what the heck, I’m […]

Yes, I’m one of the gazillion Cubs fans reveling in the team’s first World Series since 1945. Yes, there are endless stories online and in the media about the team and its fans and the phenomenon that has been The Chicago Cubs Baseball Club for all these decades. Yes, this is my Cubs story. First, […]

I’ve written about it on these pages before: I am a Weather Channel junkie. Mike Seidel is a hero. Jim Cantore is a superhero. The “weather on the 8s” concept is part of my daily life. Nothing new there. So when The Weather Channel (TWC) tells me to prepare for a major storm, I do […]

A man at my old church has filed a “breach of contract” suit against God. He bought a lottery ticket, prayed, patiently waited for the results and lost when the grand prize was awarded to a lawn service worker in another town. This, despite God’s written promises that “anything you asked in faith would be […]

We are living in “The Golden Age of Windbags.” You cannot escape them, you cannot ignore them, and you have to accept them as part of our uber-hip, weird, talk-to-me culture. Their mouths run like water, words evaporating into the nothingness of time and space, only to be replaced by another flood of bloviation. We […]

The television series “Lost” was one of my family’s favorites. All of us would gather every Wednesday evening for the latest installments. I was often shouted down: “Dad, shut up!” or “Nobody wants to hear it, Taylor,” because I couldn’t restrain myself from opining. Partly because I was frustrated with the story lines. And partly […]

Hi, everyone. I’m in London as you read this. Yep, London. England. The epicenter of the “Brexit” vote last week, the nerve center for all things worldly, financial and political for the future of Europe – and maybe the planet – as we know it. Current events have made this old city a hotbed of […]

I first heard it as a child, watching on television or hearing it on the radio. “Chicagoland.” It was used in commercials: “Your Chicagoland Ford Dealer!” or “Chicagoland jewel stores!” They said it on the news: “Chicagoland was stunned by striking union workers today.” The word made it sound like a mystical, magical, fantastical place […]