One More for 2015

Last day of the year, so a few moments to reflect are in order. 2015 was a strange year. Many good things. A few not-so-good things. Some frustrations mixed in as well. The year got off to a bad start for me. As many of you know, a close relative was going through some serious […]


I think this is going to end up being two pieces. I had planned on writing about the Star Wars phenomena as a whole as an intro to my thoughts on The Force Awakens. But I really should have posted that first, as it seems like it could turn into a pretty long post. So, […]

Christmas Wrap Up

Christmas week always has odd effects on time and space. On one hand, it roars by, packed with activities and stress. It seems like you blink and you’ve gone from December 19 to the 26th in a flash. On the other, when I think back to picking folks up at the airport just over a […]

The Week So Far

Just a few days into the Christmas break and already the stories are piling up. We ended the calendar school year Friday with L. playing one of the lead roles in the first grade living nativity program. She was one of the cows that were annoyed by all the animals and people who were crowding […]

Friday Vid(s)

“Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” – Darlene Love With no more Late Night/Late Show with David Letterman, that means no more Ms. Love making her annual appearance to belt out the greatest Christmas song ever. So here’s a look back at her first appearance on his show in 1986, complete with a Spuds McKenzie commercial […]

Favorite Songs of 2015

So I suppose I should finally do this. I won’t say this was the toughest time I’ve ever had putting a list together. While some years the songs kind of sort themselves, there have been plenty of Decembers when I’m still trying to figure out what to include and in what order right up until […]

Kicking Off The Last Week

Last week of school before the holiday break. I could sense some anticipation as I drove the girls to St. P’s this morning. There are a series of parties and other holiday activities scattered through their weeks, and then they all get extra early dismissal on Friday. The first graders do an annual Living Nativity […]

⦿ Friday Links

Just a few links this week. Drew Magary has become one of my favorite writers of late. He’s hilarious. Here is his epic takedown of the Williams-Sonoma holiday catalog. The 2015 Hater’s Guide To The Williams-Sonoma Catalog Scott Weiland’s ex-wife wrote a pretty powerful letter to the public in Rolling Stone. Scott Weiland’s Family: ‘Don’t […]

Friday Vid

The Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby Christmas Special, 1957 Ol’ blue eyes. The Chairman of the Board. Frank Sinatra was born 100 years ago tomorrow. I know a few of my friends will be gathering in the suburbs of Kansas City to celebrate the occasion. I will be here in Indy, listening to some of […]

Year In Music Preview

I’ve been struggling with my Music Favorites lists this year. Where I normally love sifting through everything I’ve purchased, streamed, and downloaded over the past year to put together my favorite songs and albums lists, this year it’s been a bit of a chore. My first inclination is to say that is because this has […]