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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

Is Facebook A Trojan Horse?

Saturday, July 22nd, 2017
I subscribe to a handful of monthly marketing newsletters. One of the newsletters is written by Dan Kennedy, a business consultant and marketing expert who has more than 40 years of experience helping business owners grow their businesses. Ever since the advent of Facebook, Kennedy has repeatedly warned his subscribers not to trust… Read More

April Fools and The Blind Spot

Saturday, April 1st, 2017
With another April Fools’ Day having come and gone, I thought I’d share some thoughts about how we fool ourselves. April Fools’ Day is all about dreaming up ways to fool other people, but on every other day of the year, we fool ourselves into thinking that we’re something we’re not. About 20 years ago, while I was attending Mass at Sacred Heart Church… Read More

An Epidemic of Obesity

Saturday, July 30th, 2016
Fat PeopleLast month, the Journal of the American Medical Association published two studies that showed that the obesity problem in America is getting worse. The first study focused on American adults and the second study focused on American children and adolescents between the ages of 2 and 19. The results of the adult study were that 40% of American women are obese, a 5% increase over… Read More

Hot Pants and Royalty

Saturday, July 23rd, 2016
[caption id="attachment_2770" align="alignright" width="300"]Prince William and Princess Kate during their Royal Tour of Canada in 2011 Prince William and Princess Kate during their Royal Tour of Canada in 2011[/caption] When I was growing up, my mom cooked a big meal for our family… Read More