`Compoundings’ Magazine Story: Inspiration on Top of Information

One of the perks of being a story-teller is the continual education that it provides. Over the past year, that has included writing for publications for trade associations such as the American Resort Development Association (ARDA) and the Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association (ILMA). Recent case in point: writing for the June issue of Compoundings, ILMA’s magazine. […]

Juneteenth Celebration at DuSable Museum Marks (Incomplete) Progress

Progress in combating systemic racism has been made, but so much more work remains. That was the overarching perspective of roughly a dozen speakers this past Saturday at the Juneteenth Celebration and Reopening of the DuSable Museum of African American History on Chicago’s South Side. Due to the pandemic, the 60-year-old museum had been closed […]

Journalism, PR & the First Rough Draft of History

One of my favorite aphorisms about journalism is that it’s the first rough draft of history. True enough. Sometimes, though, it proves to be the only history, especially for local news of lesser import. And as for those stories that have follow-ups over time, the term “rough draft” may suggest that debut stories have a […]

Jussie Smollett not the first–or last–to employ race-hustling tactics

Sadly, race hustling, affinity hustling and identity hustling of all kinds are alive and well. It’s vital to be on the look-out for them, and for the ‘enemies from within’ who perpetuate them.

Dustin Pedroia Gave Baseball His All

It’s cliched, but with Dustin Pedroia, it’s absolutely apt: he gave it everything that he had. Often, that was considerable. A Most Valuable Player Award in his second full season, 2008, which came on the heels of his Rookie of the Year campaign. And then there are the four Gold Gloves, his four All-Star game […]

Trump’s shameful legacy of lies

Last year, in my “Go Figure: Making Numbers Count” numeracy programs, I focused on the 2020 U.S. Presidential campaign. Anchoring the session each time was my “GOlympics” quiz, in which each letter (G-O-L-Y…etc) covers a mathematical principle that intersects with the art of story-telling. One of those queries: “Since Donald Trump became President, the Washington […]

Oh, baby! New year’s news warms weary soul

In my journalism career, I had the opportunity to write about so many subjects—quite literally from A (archaeologists, academics, activists, annual budgets, and an astronaut, just for starters) to Z (maybe a zoo? a zebra? Well, at least some folks had first and last names starting with the 26th letter of the alphabet). However, I […]

3 Simple Steps to Add Value to Your LinkedIn Connections

What is your reaction when someone you barely know, or don’t know at all, seeks to connect with you on LinkedIn? You may agree to the connection, but it will be a loose link at best, unlikely to generate much benefit to either of you. Keep that in mind as you reflect on whether, or […]

Bullying Smears Must Be Met With Civil, Reasoned Response

I have been an Independent politically for my entire life. Neither of the major parties has won me over enough to identify with either. There are good policy views on both ends of the spectrum, and there are good people on both ends, too. However, the Republican Party has a long way to go in […]

‘Go Figure’ Baseball Column is Among 2020 Highlights

Over the past 15 years, my writing has increasingly been outside the journalism realm. At the same time, I have characterized myself not so much as a “former journalist” but as a “recovering” one. Truth is, having begun as a 15-year-old writing for my hometown newspaper over 35 years ago, I may have largely left […]