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Beginning the New Year with a Beginner’s Mind

Do you practice meditation or have you ever tried meditating?   I started a number of years ago and have found it to be very helpful for my mental health and overall happiness. One of the key concepts of meditation is to practice what is called “beginners mind,”...
Remembering Russ Anderson (Who Always Had a Joke)

Remembering Russ Anderson (Who Always Had a Joke)

Following is the second in a series of oral histories from the people featured in the book Faces of a Fish Empire. (Read the first story here.) Jim Laur (pictured above, left) remembered the following story about driving the Empire Fish truck with his co-workers Russ...

Learning How to Fillet a Fish – by Juan Carrasco

Learning How to Fillet a Fish – by Juan Carrasco

Following is the first in a series of oral histories from the people featured in the book Faces of a Fish Empire. Juan Carrasco attended the gallery opening of my Dad’s photography exhibit and remembered the following story. (You can read the second one here.) “I...

My PAUSE Story: Embracing Inspiration for New Career Directions

My PAUSE Story: Embracing Inspiration for New Career Directions

I recently stumbled upon a great article entitled “Inspiration Points” that describes how "Entrepreneurs reveal what sparks their creativity.” Surprisingly, the vast majority of the entrepreneurs featured describe moments away from their desks, while taking a pause...

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. (See video below.) Eight years ago, I wrote a...

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...

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