Leap Day should be a national holiday where we all eat bison liver

My friend Liz posted this thought of the day on her Facebook page this morning: "You get an extra day today. Spend it wisely." I'm guessing she's not the only person to post such a hopeful statement. After all, today is Feb. 29 — A Leap Day in a Leap Year — but for the …

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THE MUSIC OF MY LIFE: Part 1 – The Early Years of Paper Lace and Billy

Daddy was a cop, on the east side of Chicago. No, this is not my biography. Nor is that of my father. To the contrary this is a memory, another dance with the ghosts of my past, as I look back on a life filled with music and how it led me to where I …

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There is a reason why I love crickets

As I do every morning, I walked up to my local deli on Friday morning for breakfast. One large coffee, 24 ounces, and one bacon, egg and cheese sandwich on a poppy-topped hard roll. It's been my morning routine for the better part of the last decade. On this particular morning, however, I as I …

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Life’s sudden twists and turns and tragedies

This is a story about life; about how it can change so suddenly and yet also come right back around again. It's a story about love and hate and also tragedy. And, in the long run, none of it makes much sense. There is a photo on Facebook, a picture dated Nov. 24, 2014, of a …

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