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The Death of a Modern-Day Theologian

Saturday, February 18th, 2017
[caption id="attachment_2974" align="alignright" width="300"] Michael Novak and his wife Karen greeting Saint John Paul II[/caption] I have a quote that I want you to read and then tell me if you know who wrote it: “Enjoying what we do is not always a feeling of enjoyment; it is sometimes the… Read More

The Departure of a Hero

Saturday, April 2nd, 2016
HeroOn a Thursday evening during the summer of 1971, my dad and I went to Limestone Community High School in Bartonville, Illinois, to register me for the upcoming school year. I had graduated from St. Mark’s Catholic School in May, which was the end of what I considered an eight-year prison term. I got off to a bad start at St. Mark’s. My first-grade teacher… Read More

John Wayne vs. Bruce Jenner

Saturday, June 6th, 2015
John WayneEvery so often, my wife tells me that I’m living in the wrong times. Because of my old-fashioned beliefs, she claims that I would have been better off living during the 1800s. Whenever she comments about this, I remind her that I spent the better part of my early years at my grandfather’s (Tom Williams’s) house, and since he was born in 1898, that’s probably where I picked up a lot of… Read More

Guidelines For A Disgraced Congressman

Saturday, April 18th, 2015
Ben Franklin - 13 Virtues to Moral PerfectionIf you pay attention to the news, you know about the recent resignation of our local U.S. Congressman, Aaron Schock. Schock is currently under investigation for violating federal law while he was in office. Some of the violations include using campaign funds for his own personal benefit, overcharging the government for mileage expenses, and flying around… Read More

A Letter to a Coach and Mentor

Saturday, January 31st, 2015
No Pain No GainLast November, I received a letter from the wife (“Carla”) of one of my longtime business coaches and mentors. In the letter, Carla said her husband (“Dan”) was going to be celebrating his 60th birthday in December. She said that, as a gift, she wanted to give him letters from his friends and colleagues. She asked if I would be willing to write a letter to her husband that… Read More