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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.

My favorite three words – ‘off the record’

January 18, 2016

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“Off the record.” I hear this phrase on an almost daily basis from region officials who want me to know their insights about certain issues, but not with their name attached. I heard it more often as Election Day approached, with political candidates even more leery about controversial topics, campaign strategies or mudslinging gossip. These […]

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What exactly is a friend? Maybe I have a higher standard than you

December 10, 2015

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What exactly is a friend? Is a friend someone you find on Facebook and Twitter, or someone you find face to face? Does the quantity of your friends mean as much as the quality of your friendships? And does the length of a friendship truly dictate its strength in the big picture? These are questions […]

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Sarah Walker’s artistry in progress…

November 29, 2015

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My cartoons – the early years – a sampling

November 29, 2015

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Making a living is one thing; making a life is quite another

November 29, 2015

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So what do you do? This common icebreaker of a question essentially asks, “So what’s your job?” Right? But it shouldn’t, I say. Through the years, I’ve offered a variety of straight-faced replies – sometimes for fun, sometimes to get an insight into the person who asked. For instance, I’ve replied, “Well, I do handstands!” […]

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Those two little words – Thank you

November 25, 2015

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On this Thanksgiving Eve, here’s a column I previously wrote about saying – and meaning – those two little words: Thank you. Two simple words. One simple phrase. No big deal, right? We toss out this social nicety left and right on a daily basis without thinking much about it. “Thank you” in the drive-thru […]

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We’re all walking along proverbial railroad tracks without a clue when that train is coming

November 23, 2015

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A cell phone found at the site of the double fatality crash involving a pickup truck and a school bus earlier this year left a haunting reminder for first responders, and for us all. The head-on crash took place close to Kouts, when the driver of a pickup truck attempted to pass a vehicle, witnesses […]

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