Life Lessons

More doctors smoke Camels…

On a recent trip my wife and I happened upon a kiddie playground replete with swings, horizontal monkey bars, slides of various sizes, a whirl, etc. The playground was vacant but as we walked we spied a series of warning signs alerting people to the dangers that... Read More

Panophobia isn’t Permanent

It’s been said that millions of Americans suffer from a malady referred to as panophobia.  For those unfamiliar with the term, panophobia means the “fear of everything.”  It’s that uneasy feeling of insecurity that usually manifests itself on Sunday evenings and... Read More

What Do You Need?

Most of us think we know what we need in life, but do we really?  In 1943 Abraham Maslow published the paper “A Theory of Human Motivation” detailing his theory about the hierarchy of human needs, which he put into five categories. Physiological needs, i.e.,... Read More

The Fire Hat

I don’t make New Year’s resolutions, but I believe the New Year is a good time to take stock of our lives and where we are headed. I grew up during the 50’s in a middle-class neighborhood of row houses on the west side of Chicago, replete with “gangways” between each... Read More

Anger Management

Working in a family business has its plusses and minuses.  For me, the minuses occurred when my buddies were out playing baseball during summer vacation and I was putting in a 60-hour workweek with my father.  But on the plus side, working in a family grocery store... Read More