13 Oct

Rediscovering The Man Who Was The Stuff of Legend

Years before there was David Crockett but about the same time as Daniel Boone [both played by Fess Parker on TV and whom I met in the lobby of Tribune Tower as a high schooler], there was George Rogers Clark.  And to me as a boy, he was a...

08 Oct

How I Turned the Nationals’ Fate Around from My Sofa

I have a witness to how I turned the Nationals around last night. Now, Lillian cannot be compelled to testify against me in court [or at least the story line goes].  She can state I said as Adam Lind was coming in to pinch hit in the eighth, “We...

08 Oct

Revels at L’Auberge Chez Francois

Chef Jacques Haeringer demonstrates how to prepare  Pate in Puff Pastry, Beef Bourguignon and creating a Maple Tulip Shell. Funny, to-the-point, and tips where  to find some of what’s needed in the frozen or prepared food sections of regular grocery stores. Better yet, then 50 of us sat down...

28 Sep

John McCain’s Last Good Fight

At the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on reconfirming Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Sen. John McCain  detailed the tension that has strained civilian-military relations especially since the Obama administration’s micromanaging of military operations particularly by civilians on the National Security Council...

23 Sep

A Murderer Defending Grammar; The Death of a Reference work

Ken Bruen has made a fine living with his Jack Taylor series of crime thrillers in Galway.  The puns, jokes, cynicism mixed with great references to dozens of authors, books, singers, musicians  make this one of the liveliest “detective” series going.  It’s translation to a television series lacks the...

18 Sep

Why I ‘Don’t Get Around Much Anymore’

For the second protracted time in less than three years, I found Etta James getting Duke Ellington’s “Don’t Get Around Much Any More” perfect because I am still under two sets of doctors’ orders “Do Nothing!” And when between them they have done four detached retina surgeries on me...

03 Sep

Wonderful Research Week: Ending with Kim and a Thermo-Nu-Cu-Lar bomb.

Kim Jong-un wins the weekly prize and upped the ante of showing “respect” to 45 with two more “unacceptable” tests. But for a book I’ve been working on, I found myself drowning in the cesspool of Carl Hiassen’s 20th and 21st century Florida and choking  in the legal miasma...

11 Jul

The Less Than Honorable Solution — Now

Secretary David Shulkin’s announcement that the VA was showing long-overdue compassion in treating  veterans with “bad paper discharges” in mental health emergencies has finally started. Think:  Suicide prevention as the key reason. But realize it’s but a baby step in helping those in crisis without fixing a practice inside...

22 Jun

How the Holy Mackerel Beats the Sacred Cod

So in Boston, one should always to be on the lookout for the choicest seafood. And we found it in the most unusual place. Cod, haddock, hake, scrod [had it once with soup d’jour, both were great], you can find those almost anywhere — except the ubiquitous Dunkin Donuts....

17 Jun

Dining at Jake’s

Before we checked out of Boston’s Parker House hotel [and yes, we had the rolls and Boston Cream pie and toasted Frank Skeffington — in the Last Hurrah bar and Eddie Coyle — who had fictional friends in the Whitey Bolger Irish thug mold — while at the same...

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