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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.

20-year anniversary of a high school dropout

April 25, 2015

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I just realized that this month marks my 20th anniversary as a professional writer, of sorts, which began with me scribbling crudely-drawn political cartoons for local newspapers before accepting my first story assignment: Covering the Kouts Pork Fest. With no journalism experience, no writing history, no college degree (no high school diploma either), no computer […]

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First book signing event for “Lost Gary” will be at…

April 18, 2015

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My first book-reading/signing event for my new book, “Lost Gary,” has been nailed down at Barnes & Noble in Valpo on Sunday, May 17 from 2 pm to 4 pm. I’ll read an excerpt or two from the book, take any questions, and happily sign copies of my book, hot off the press from just […]

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“Am I lonely? You bet I am”

April 18, 2015

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I want to share with you a poignant email from a reader who responded to my recent column on loneliness. Every time I write about this public health “epidemic,” I get several of these emails, calls or letters, which is why I keep writing about it. “Dear Jerry: I felt the need to write to […]

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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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