A conversation with sixth-graders

A conversation with sixth-graders

I had the privilege this past week of being invited to speak to over 100 sixth-grade English language arts students and their teachers at the Hillsbor...

May 11th, 2021 |  


Wonder if they’ll miss me?

Wonder if they’ll miss me?

Tanner and Dakota are waiting for me.They’re standing at the corner of their chain-link fence, watching the sidewalk. They know I’m coming...

May 10th, 2021 |  


A mouse in my mouth

A mouse in my mouth

It was a Saturday ritual for most of my teenage years and beyond. My father and I would rise early in the morning, load up our gear, make a quick stop...

May 7th, 2021 |  



Mothers are drivers of social change

Mothers are drivers of social change

Mother’s Day is traditionally a holiday where mothers are shown gratitude for their roles as caretakers, nurturers and sources of wisdom. Tradit...

May 6th, 2021 |  


Preparing them for the next adventure

Preparing them for the next adventure

Last weekend, she was in Chicago. This weekend, she’s in Washington, D.C. I never would’ve guessed my 13-year-old daughter could be such a...

May 5th, 2021 |  


Time for USA to muscle up

Time for USA to muscle up

President Biden said in his speech to Congress this past week that China is betting that the U.S. can’t keep up with autocracy in the 21st centu...

May 4th, 2021 |  


Still nagging the curmudgeon

Still nagging the curmudgeon

It is a well-known fact that we are allowed to chew out the people we care about. Most recently, this came to mind when I gave my old friend, Andrew, ...

May 3rd, 2021 |  


Join the battle against vandalism

Join the battle against vandalism

It seems that more and more often I find myself scratching my head wondering what is wrong with people these days.Lately, there has been a string of a...

April 30th, 2021 |  


Higher risk for heart disease

Higher risk for heart disease

As a cardiologist I am encouraged by the recent attention to health disparities, particularly among African Americans. Health care providers and syste...

April 29th, 2021 |  


Disheartened by lack of respect for flag

To the Editor:“You’re a Grand Old Flag” by George M. Cohan”You’re a grand old flag, You’re a high flying flag:And ...

April 28th, 2021 |