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The Death of the Playboy

Saturday, September 30th, 2017
The year was 1970. I was in the eighth grade at St. Mark’s school in Peoria. I remember the day like it was yesterday. One of my classmates — I’ll call him Paul — brought a Polaroid picture to school to show to his friends. Paul and I were the same age — 13 years old. The person in the picture was the girlfriend of Paul’s… Read More

Railroaded into Saying a Simple Prayer

Saturday, September 16th, 2017
Last week, I ran into an old client at the Peoria County Courthouse. For the purpose of this article, I’m going to call him Noah. I represented Noah more than 20 years ago for some serious alcohol-related traffic ticket violations. During the last case that I assisted him with, I told him that it was obvious to everyone who knew him that he had a problem with alcohol.… Read More

Is Getting Drunk a Mortal Sin?

Saturday, June 10th, 2017

On a Saturday evening during the summer of 2001, my three college-age children invited several of their friends over at our house for a party. They started the evening in the kitchen eating pizza and then moved the party downstairs to our family room. The friends were from two large local Catholic families. Georgette and I were friends with their parents, so later in the evening,… Read More

Her Smile Could Light Up The World

Saturday, January 28th, 2017
[caption id="attachment_2955" align="alignright" width="300"]LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 10: Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore for The Dick Van Dyke Show. Image dated October 10, 1962. Hollywood, CA. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images) LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 10: Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore for The Dick Van Dyke Show. Image… Read More

Death of the Star Wars Princess

Saturday, December 31st, 2016
princess-leiaI remember it like it was yesterday. It was early June 1977. I was 20 years old. I had completed my sophomore year in college and was home for the summer working as a laborer for a construction company. All of a sudden, everyone was talking about Star Wars, the new movie that had been released at the end of May. The movie had… Read More