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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.

‘I feel I’m at least throwing a rock at those sons-a-bitches’

September 11, 2014

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NEW YORK CITY – SEPT. 2001 John Novello didn’t care if he hauled off twisted steel, filled buckets with rubble or passed out water bottles to strangers. He just wanted to do something. So on Friday, the 50-year-old Schererville man got out of bed early, drank his morning cup of coffee, threw some work gear […]

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1,000 words can’t match a single action

September 3, 2014

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Wouldn’t it be great if all those blow-hard opinionated critics of our government (and related issues) would spend their boundless energy, anger and diatribes to actually do something – anything – about their broken-record complaints, instead of continually vomiting their verbal diarrhea without doing a damn thing? As a writer of literally tens of thousands […]

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1,000 words pale in comparison to a single action

September 3, 2014

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Wouldn’t it be great if all those blow-hard opinionated critics of our government (and related issues) would spend their boundless energy, anger and diatribes to actually do something – anything – about their broken-record complaints, instead of continually vomiting their verbal diarrhea without doing a damn thing? As a writer of literally tens of thousands […]

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Who could use a little ‘Elder Joy’ in their life?

September 2, 2014

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On Sunday, I spoke with dozens of senior citizens who surely live in nests that have been emptied of children for decades. They belong to a group called Elder Joy, which meets on the last Sunday of each month at Casa Del Roma banquet center in Valparaiso. There, they meet for a tasty lunch, renewed […]

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If you missed the latest Casual Fridays radio show….. no you didn’t!

August 30, 2014

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On the latest Casual Fridays radio show, Robert Ordway shared his poignant story about the trendy ALS ice bucket challenge, recalling his father, Doug, who died of ALS in 2003 after a five-year grueling, unforgettable and ultimately futile battle. Robert, a high school teen at the time, was his primary caregiver. Plus, Karen Walker and […]

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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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