Sunday, December 18, 2016

Craig Sager RIP

So many plaudits in the media for the recently departed Craig Sager.  One story we heard this morning struck us:  after chemo treatments, he would don his colorful sports jacket and head back out to cover an NBA game.  That attitude helped him defeat leukemia in his first bout with it.

He got an ESPY award this summer and said:

“I will never give up, and I will never give in. I will continue to keep fighting, sucking the marrow out of life, as life sucks the marrow out of me. I will live my life full of love and full of fun. It’s the only way I know how.”

What courage.  What a comeback.  Nobody gets out of these blues alive, but Craig Sager showed us all how to fight back.  Hats off, RIP.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

After being down 3-1, there was no way the Cubs could have won the World Series

Except they did.

An "extraordinary comeback."

Being called the greatest win in sports history.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016


Ninth inning down three runs, Cubs rally to win division title v SF Giants.

Amazing finish.

Reminds us all:  you can still win, even if the hour is late and you are behind and the odds are way, way against you .....

Friday, June 24, 2016

The Yin and the Yang

Former Speaker goes to prison.

We know this story in Illinois very well.....ABC7 summarizes:

Of Illinois' last seven governors, four have ended up in prison.

Rod Blagojevich was governor from 2002 to 2009. He was convicted of numerous corruption charges in 2011, including allegations that he tried to sell or trade President Barack Obama's old Senate seat. He is currently serving a 14-year sentence at a federal prison in Colorado.

Blagojevich was impeached on this date, January 30, four years ago.

Dan Walker, governor from 1973 through 1977, pleaded guilty to bank fraud and other charges in 1987 related to his business activities after leaving office. He spent about a year and a half in federal prison.

Otto Kerner, governor from 1961 through 1968, spent three years in prison after being convicted of bribery related charges.

Herbert Williams and Underwater Energy

Former convict turns energy business upside down.

Superb comeback story.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Ron Kittle comeback story

Chicagoly magazine (new).  Jump over to page 44.

Worth the read....

Monday, March 21, 2016

Art of Norman Lewis Makes Comeback

CBS Sunday Morning feature

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Monday, February 1, 2016

An Extraordinary Comedown: RIP Chef Benoît Violier, gone too soon at 44

Why Did the World’s Greatest Chef Just Kill Himself? - The Daily Beast

In conversation with a friend recently, on the new book "Clementine," about the remarkable Winston Churchill spouse, and the Churchill family, whose history included affairs, alcoholism, depression, suicide et al, my bon ami made the assertion:  "All families are screwed up."   I think in just five words he summarized the history of humanity.  With the self-inflicted passing of this famous chef, here is yet another such tale, and more such evidence.

Suffice to say regarding those around us:  what we see on the surface is very often not what's going on underneath.........