4th of July Holiday Weekend Recipe: Rhubarb Custard Pie

4th of July Holiday Weekend Recipe: Rhubarb Custard Pie

And now for something completely different…a recipe! I will always remember my grandfather, Harold, growing rhubarb in the corner of his backyard garden as a youngster. The rhubarb plant was a fixture, seemingly the first to appear and the last to die amongst all of...
Where the Music Continues after the Chicago Blues Festival

Where the Music Continues after the Chicago Blues Festival

Sweet Home Chicago: the city, the song by legendary blues composer and performer Robert Johnson, and the destination for blues lovers every spring. The Chicago Blues Festival is the largest free blues festival in the world, featuring the best performers of the genre,...
How to Get a Cell Phone with a 212 Area Code

How to Get a Cell Phone with a 212 Area Code

What is a phone number with a 212 area code worth? Evidently for Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), on the TV sitcom Seinfeld, it means the difference between getting and not getting a date with someone you have your eye on. Eight years ago, I wrote a blog post that I...
Writing my Father’s Obituary: Tom Kutchera, 1932 – 2016

Writing my Father’s Obituary: Tom Kutchera, 1932 – 2016

Woody Allen said, “I am not afraid of death, I just don’t want to be there when it happens.” Needless to say, that was how I felt about my father’s impending death. He had cancer for 6 years. It had metastasized and we knew that the end was near. I felt the same way...
Eulogy for My Father

Eulogy for My Father

Today, Memorial Day, I would like to share with you the eulogy that I gave for my father who served in the U.S. Army and passed away this past March.   Good morning everyone.   My father liked to say that he only had two paying jobs his entire career: the...
Leap Ahead with 3 Case Studies

Leap Ahead with 3 Case Studies

My family and I wish you great things in this leap year. May your leaps be inspired and boundless! Paramount Books is now offering my book Latino Link: Building Brands Online with Hispanic Communities and Content on sale for $19.95 (originally $34.95).   I...