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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.

How will you handle your ‘Rick Monday moment’?

March 15, 2015

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Chicago Cubs outfielder Rick Monday made history in April, 1976, for making the most memorable play of his life, though he never touched the baseball. At Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Monday was warming up in the outfield during the fourth inning break. Out of the corner of his eye he noticed two guys running […]

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‘They called themselves ‘Hunkies’… they called me one, too’

February 28, 2015

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The following is an excerpt from my upcoming book, “Lost Gary: Rusted Landmarks of the Steel City,” which will be released in May. To order an advanced copy, contact me at jrdavich@frontier.com. They called themselves “Hunkies.” They called me one, too. The derogatory label was an ethnic slur against foreign-born, hardworking laborers who hailed from […]

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Admit it, winter ‘snow days’ warm your heart

February 12, 2015

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The following column is a sneak peek of one appearing soon in Your Values magazine.   You know the routine when Old Man Winter knocks on our doors around this time of year. Middle-aged men haul out coughing and choking snowblowers, hurriedly crank, crank, cranking them into mid-winter health. Mothers rush into grocery stores buying […]

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Parents can’t bubble-wrap “fragile – handle with care” kids from life’s bumpy realities

February 7, 2015

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They’re called “free range parents.” Maybe you are one. In my younger parenting days, I was one, too, long before I knew about raising so-called free range kids. If you’re unfamiliar with this term, it’s back in the news thanks to a Maryland couple accused of being neglectful and irresponsible with their two young “free […]

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Senate Bill is a slippery slope into another muddied separation of church and state

February 7, 2015

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Indiana Senate Bill 127 is another glaring reminder that we live in a very conservative state, legislated for the most part by very conservative lawmakers. What bill? Read this sneak peek of my Sunday column and see if you agree that some faith-based state contractors should be allowed to discriminate in hiring based on religious […]

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Psychic weather predictions? Not quite, but….

February 5, 2015

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Our forecast calls for them to routinely predict the future I know that weathermen, um, meteorologists, um, atmospheric scientists, whatever, catch a lot of heat for not being able to correctly forecast each day’s weather with precision accuracy. But I can’t think of any other news department workers who are expected to PREDICT THE FUTURE. […]

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Lombardi’s timeless words: ‘Winning isn’t everything. It’s the only thing.’

February 1, 2015

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Do you remember the time Ernie Banks recited the same belligerent line to dozens of reporters because he didn’t enjoy talking with media? Could you imagine Mr. Cub doing such a thing, even after his beloved 1969 team tragically tanked and missed the playoffs that fateful year? Neither could I. I couldn’t help but think […]

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