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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.

“Dad, do you think momma has Alzheimer’s?”

March 19, 2017

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Rodger Talley sat quietly and contently in a chair, staring blankly through his wife of 68 years, Elizabeth, who napped on their bed. He didn’t watch TV. He didn’t read. He didn’t interrupt his wife’s sleep. He just stared into the abyss of another day with a resigned calmness. On the walls in their tiny […]

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‘You’re going to a better place’

February 25, 2017

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Her tiny, angel-white casket was flanked by blooming flowers that lived much longer than she did. The casket’s lid sat to the side, adorned with handwritten goodbye notes from family, friends and mourners. “We’ll always love you … ” “We’ll miss you … ” “It was an honor to be your auntie … ” Nearby […]

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Challenged is as challenged does

February 14, 2017

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“Challenged is as challenged does” is what I learned several years ago when it comes to special needs individuals and how we (mis)treat them. This column of mine, below, from a few years ago points out who’s truly challenged in these situations.   Her name was Anita Runions. We were raised as kids across the […]

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Salvaging our ‘moments by which to matter’

January 10, 2017

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Robert Kurson lurked in the shadows of a meeting room inside the Portage Public Library. I stood near the award-winning book author and gifted wordsmith as he waited to speak to dozens of fans who showed up to hear his words, too. I quickly recognized Kurson, who I’ve admired from afar for years, first as […]

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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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