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“Media and the 2012 Elections”

The second Inauguration Ceremony of President Barack Obama on January 21 caps a long reelection campaign.  For this cycle, I had the unique opportunity to incorporate the week-by-week political activity into a fall course at the University of Illinois at … Continue reading

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Discovering My “Inner Shopper” in New York

Three hours with a personal shopping consultant! That was a prize in a contest I won at New York’s Time Warner Center. Back in January 2012, on a Winter weekend visit to New York City, I had stopped by the … Continue reading

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Early Autumn, New York City

Autumn in New York. My wife and I marked our latest wedding anniversary with a five-day trip to New York City in late September. Splitting our time between the Columbus Circle and Union Square areas, we immersed ourselves in experiencing … Continue reading

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A Gift for McCartney’s 70th Birthday

Sir Paul McCartney certainly does not need a physical birthday gift from each of his fans. Instead there are electronic best wishes posting opportunities everywhere, from Facebook to However, this is an ideal excuse to give yourself a gift. In … Continue reading

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The “House” series ends in a satisfying puzzle

The House series finale was near-perfect for that particular series, fully true to the structure and theme of the show. It was the quintessential House puzzle, right down to the wordplay in the episode title, “Everybody Dies.”

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Exploring Show Boat

Show Boat redefined American musical theater back in 1927. Part opera. Part romantic musical. Part topical drama. The current revival, staged at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, is in a space big enough for a showboat to dock (albeit just … Continue reading

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Paul McCartney’s Kisses on the Bottom

McCartney does McCartney for McCartney. The idea of a Paul McCartney collection of favorite standards was almost irresistible even before hearing a note. At once nostalgic yet new, Kisses on the Bottom offers the opportunity to see McCartney the music … Continue reading

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