Framing the Dialogue

Archive for June, 2010

The Council of Dads

Author Bruce Feiler shares his “lost year” in which he struggles to live through a rare and deadly form of bone cancer.   A full years lost from diagnosis by his doctor who noticed something unusual in one of his tests, months of chemotherapy, followed by extensive surgery and rehabilitation, followed again by chemo was his lost year. 

His lost year is his personal story of how he faces the fact that should cancer win, his twin three year old daughters are unlikely to remember him. 

“Cancer, I have found, is a passport to intimacy.  It’s an invitation – maybe even a mandate – to enter the most vital, frightening, and sensitive human arenas.”

I Miss

I started a new job in January.  I didn’t have a lot of options at that time so I accepted a job where I have a 60 minute commute each way, longer hours, poorer benefits (but better than unemployment), longer hours, mountains of stress, a thankless workload, longer hours, oh and longer hours. 

Driving home tonight at 7:30 pm I noticed this bumper sticker on the car in front of me at a stop light.  It took a few seconds for the message to register, but it gave me a chuckle. 

Pursuit Of Honor

As I contemplated this review of Vince Flynn’s latest (until this November) Mitch Rapp novel which I finished last night, I found an Associated Press article that best expresses one of the main themes of the novel.  I have often wondered, hell even hoped, that America had men and women dedicated to the destruction of our enemies.  Those who are focused on doing harm to the United States need to be dealt with.  We never really know them, their exploits, and how they keep us safe.

My Kind Of Town

Now this could only happen to a guy like me
And so I say to each of you most gratefully
And only happen in a town like this
As I throw each one of you a kiss
This is my kind of town, Chicago is


Sometimes you find the perfect image to illustrate your post.

Chicago is having a pretty good year if you follow the old adage that all press is good press.  Even with “bad” press you are still in the news.  The Blackhawks made it to the Stanley Cup Finals.  Their junior member of the Senate is now the President of the United States and many of Chicago’s operatives are now employed by the White House.