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Casual Fridays Radio Show airs each Friday at noon (and again at 11 p.m.) on Lakeshore Public Radio, WLPR, 89.1-FM, streaming at http://lakeshorepublicmedia.org/local-programs/casual-fridays/. Listen to previous shows at that site also.

AFTERSHOCK – 28 hours in Haiti

April 14, 2014

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PORT-AU-PRINCE — Bill Smith screamed to his wife and to anyone within earshot: “Get out!” The long-time Haiti missionary rushed to the front door of his Port-au-Prince home yelling “Jesus help us! Jesus help us!” He grabbed the reluctant arm of his wife, Dorothy, and the couple fled their home as it rippled like an […]

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This is motherhood

April 13, 2014

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Two nurses wheeled the young girl on a hospital bed down an empty hallway inside the hospital. The girl’s mother followed closely behind, a look of concern blanketing her face. It wasn’t obvious whether her young daughter had a serious illness or a minor condition. It didn’t matter. The hospital bed rolled past another mother […]

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Welcome to the best blog anywhere!

April 8, 2014

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 The city of Fort Wayne, a rather dull and forgettable Hoosier locale, once created a new slogan to attract more visitors, spruce up its image, and “promote its personality.” After a year of work by government and private organizations, the city came up with the ethereal “Room for Dreams,” replacing less catchy slogans like City […]

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‘Private’ town, public outcry – the follow-up column

April 2, 2014

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It seems I’m not the only one who has tried entering Dune Acres only to get flatly turned back, bullied away by a Barney Fife badge, or stalked by Big Brother-like town officials until leaving the tiny lakefront town. My Sunday column — on entering the town and mixing it up with a shadowy town […]

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Welcome to Dune Acres! Now please turn around

April 1, 2014

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The female security guard exited the little guardhouse, walked up to my car and leaned down. “Where are you going?” she asked. For a sight-seeing drive through town, I told her. “Not through here. This is Dune Acres.” Oh, I said. Well how about if I just visit the beach? “Not here. This is a […]

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For kid’s sake, challenge them now

March 30, 2014

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The eager, fresh-faced kindergarten students beamed in bright contrast to the bored, droopy-faced high school kids. Though impossible not to notice, was it indicative of something more? I visited two local schools for different reasons — Portage’s Kyle Elementary School and East Chicago’s Central High School. During a morning education rally, the high school students […]

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Welcome to the profound state of Hoosier Hysteria

March 30, 2014

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The teenage boys appeared oblivious to the biting wind that slapped down their basketball before it hit the bent hoop. They also ignored the remaining snow near the makeshift three-point line on the cracked driveway. They didn’t let the missing net, an apparent casualty of our combative winter, slow them down. It didn’t matter how […]

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