Mar 092018

Evanston RoundTable, March 8, 2018 When our grandson Benjamin turned one, our daughter asked my wife and me to write a few words of advice for him. Mine went something like this: Do. Get out on the playing field of life and give the ball a whack. Be active. Participate. Join. Get your fingers dirty. Calloused hands are the toughest. […click to read more…]

Mar 092018

Evanston RoundTable, March 8, 2018 The Evanston bus women helped make history. At least that’s how it seemed when they returned from Springfield Feb. 28 after spending the day rallying, lobbying, and cheering on State legislators intent on passing long-delayed gun-safety legislation. “I feel elated, hopeful, and invigorated,” said Kathleen Long, one of the trip organizers, of the day’s efforts. […click to read more…]

Feb 232018

Evanston RoundTable, Feb. 22, 2018 David Baskin grew up in Evanston and like a lot of kids who went to ETHS, got to know and admire Ross Freeland. Ross taught statistics, which David took in his senior year, and was the assistant coach on the Wildkit baseball team, where David played for four seasons. They bonded, David recalled recently while […click to read more…]

Feb 092018

Evanston RoundTable, Feb. 8, 2018 How do I hate thee? Let me count the ways. Aside from the cold, there is ice, slush, shoveling, chopping, slipping, falling, flu, cabin fever, gray skies, dry air, static electricity…. Well, you get the idea. I refer, of course, to winter, that unloved annual visitor who like some crazy Uncle Wilbur shows up uninvited […click to read more…]

Jan 252018

Evanston RoundTable, Jan. 25, 2018 The sun winked out. Not from a passing cloud, not from a sudden storm, not from a rose-hued sunset. It just vanished, without warning, without a sound, quick as the snap of a finger. Humanity had no notion, at first. It takes 500 seconds for gravity’s reach and the sun’s rays to hit the planet. […click to read more…]

Jan 132018

Evanston RoundTable, Jan. 11, 2018 Funny the things we remember. I read once, as a kid, about a jet fighter pilot who was testing a new plane. The plane stalled and he went into a tailspin. Try as he might he could not engage the gear to pull the plane up. With the ground fast approaching and nothing to lose […click to read more…]

Jan 132018

Evanston RoundTable, Dec. 28, 2017 Americans have a fixation on eating and weight, and every year countless articles, books, and TV segments are churned out telling us about the latest diet fad. But rarely do they consider the essential component, which is hunger. For thousands of years, hunger was humankind’s constant companion and scourge. The Bible spells out dozens of […click to read more…]

Dec 152017

Evanston RoundTable, Dec. 14, 2017 Welcome, everyone, thanks for coming. So glad you all could be here. Wish I could too! (Awkward pause.) It’s OK to laugh, I’m just kidding! Actually of course, I am here, laid out in this nice plywood box, very comfy in my favorite cashmere sweater, blue jeans and sensible loafers. No suit and tie for […click to read more…]

Dec 012017

Evanston RoundTable, Nov. 30, 2017 There were two boys who were schoolmates and best friends. But they were very different. Bobby seemed to have it all: smart, good-looking, and athletic, he was quarterback of the football team, dated the most popular girls, and had top grades. Plus his family had a lot of money. Kasheem wasn’t much of a student […click to read more…]

Nov 172017

Evanston RoundTable, Nov. 16, 2017 Every day seems to bring more accusations of and discussion about sexual harassment, as women everywhere are emboldened to speak out and men begin to realize that sexual misconduct of any type (whether theirs or someone else’s) is no longer amusing or acceptable. It is not hard to pinpoint the exact moment when this thinking […click to read more…]