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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.

Walkway wife syndrome. Are you familiar with this phrase?

November 19, 2016

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I first heard that term from a Portage man named Joe whose wife of 11 years just up and left him “for no good reason,” he says. “What would possess someone to do that?” Joe asked me. “I mean we argued on occasion. But who doesn’t? “I never cheated, never beat her. I didn’t even […]

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Getting intoxicated at my first political fundraiser

September 21, 2016

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In 2006, I got intoxicated at my first political fundraiser in Lake County. No, it’s not what you think. I had just become the new metro columnist for the Post-Tribune newspaper and I figured part of my new job involved the county’s notorious political beat. So, armed with my pen, notepad and a bottomless cocktail […]

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Why do we build on a marshy, mucky wetland anyway?

August 8, 2016

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“You live in a desert. You know what it’s going to be 100 years from now? It’s going to be a (expletive) desert! You see this? This is sand. You know what it’s gonna be 100 years from now? IT’S GONNA BE SAND!”                                                                                     – Comedian Sam Kinison More than a century ago, profit-minded businessmen […]

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“ON YOUR LEFT!” – bike trail etiquette 101

April 23, 2016

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“ON YOUR LEFT!” With more people again using our local trails, here is a column on tips, reminders, and proper etiquette for any newbies who will be pedaling alongside other bikers, walkers, skaters, etc. The older couple walked like two drunken sailors down the Oak-Savannah bicycle trail in Hobart. I don’t know if they were […]

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Cubs home opener is a high holy day

April 10, 2016

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I remember it as clear as my first visit to Wrigley Field and its bleacher-bum bliss.   There I was sitting in the last row of Mr. Sanchez’s social studies class at Kennedy-King Junior High School in Gary. My head leaning on my cupped hand, as if I had an earache or something. But I […]

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A patchwork Sunday sermon, of sorts

March 13, 2016

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Five thousand years ago, we knew nothing about our body and everything about our soul. Today, the opposite is the gospel. Faith, like abstract art, is open to interpretation. Some see a masterpiece. Others see nothing at all. There are believers and there are pretenders. Believers can’t pretend. Pretenders can’t believe. Either you live your […]

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Northwest Indiana still getting labeled, railroaded by our history

March 6, 2016

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Steve McShane told his audience he’d outline more than 100 years of Northwest Indiana history in less than an hour, and darn it if he didn’t deliver the goods. McShane, curator of the Calumet Regional Archives at Indiana University Northwest, used just the right touch of insight and humor to blow the cobwebs from our […]

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