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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.

A double-dip treat of Americana and nostalgia

August 28, 2014

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“Suckin’ on a chili dog outside the Tastee-Freeze, Diane’s sittin’ on Jacky’s lap, he’s got his hand between her knees.” ~ John Mellencamp’s 1982 hit “Jack and Diane” It’s as American as hot dogs, apple pie, and Fourth of July fireworks. It’s as summertime as leaves on a tree, sunburned faces, and high school graduations. […]

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Today’s younger g-g-g-generation – self-promotion versus self-preservation

August 17, 2014

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Today’s younger g-g-g-generation is all about self-promotion, though they don’t always realize it while taking endless selfies and repeatedly posting something – anything – about themselves on multiple social media sites. It’s all about attracting “likes,” new followers, new admirers. “LOOK AT ME!” they say over and over to anyone who will listen, watch them […]

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A seemingly perfect moment and then – poof! – it was gone

August 16, 2014

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It was a beautiful summer evening in the region. From my back patio, I watched the sun sizzle into the horizon. Chores done. Lawn mowed. Car washed. Workout finished. Columns caught up. Freelance work put on hold. Pizza planned for dinner. Ah, contentment. And the breezy lyrics from my boombox, by the ‘80s rock group […]

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‘O Captain, my Captain!’ – Robin Williams’ death leaves wake of questions

August 12, 2014

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“O Captain! My captain. Our fearful trip is done.” Where were you when you heard the news of Robin Williams’ death? Did it stop you in your tracks? Did you immediately experience a flashback of his most memorable roles? Were you shocked by his (apparent) suicide or, like me, were you simply saddened? It’s no […]

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Hey gents, what kind of ‘man’ do you want to be?

August 11, 2014

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“We stand at a watershed moment in male mojo – free from past manly cliches and full of opportunity for any guy who’s willing to seize it.” This is the opening line from a Details magazine article entitled “The Remasculated Man,” an essay on my gender’s evolution into the 21st century. The article compared the […]

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As Robin Williams’ death reminds us…

August 11, 2014

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  As Robin Williams’ death reminds us, there is a dangerously thin line between gifted genius and tortured artist, between contentment and discontentment, between hopeful and hopeless, between fame-and-fortune and relentless depression. Mr…. Williams apparently crossed that fine line this morning, leaving us with too many questions, too little understanding of his choice, and a […]

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Little body, big heart – the tall story of Dale Brown

August 7, 2014

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The doctor told JoAnn Brown the flat-out truth about her newborn baby boy: Something is seriously wrong. Don’t expect  him to live very long. JoAnn figured right there at Jasper County Hospital that she’d take every day the good Lord gave her with her son. She never dreamed she’d get so many days. On April […]

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