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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.

What really scares you? I mean, seriously frightens you?

October 10, 2014

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What really scares you? I mean, seriously frightens you? With Halloween on the horizon, surely it can’t be ghouls, ghosts and goblins, or slasher movies, haunted houses and silly costumes. Through the years, I’ve asked readers this same simple question. Their responses have run the gamut, from cliché to candid, and heartfelt to hilarious. For […]

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Ebola fears infecting us with… mass hypochondria

October 10, 2014

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Not surprisingly in America the Paranoid, the fear of contracting Ebola is already triggering mass hypochondria with thousands of false-alarm visits at hospital emergency rooms across the country, health officials report. Chicken Little-types and political nut-jobs are screaming to others, “Contagion terrorism!” and “Obama’s African connection!” and the “Rampant vector of infection is God’s will!” […]

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‘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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