September 28, 2013

Creative Ways to Find a Job

Job SearchDuring the fall semester of my senior in high school (1974), my friend Dennis told me about a new grocery store that had opened in the Westlake Shopping Center (across the street from Northwoods Mall).  The name of the store was Randall’s, and it was the first store in Peoria that had scanners at checkout lanes instead of cash registers, so items didn’t have to be rung up one at a time by hand.  At that time, I was 17 years old.  I asked Dennis for the name of the store manager, and he told me that his name was Steve.

September 26, 2013

Weak: “having little physical power or ability”

For some unknown reason, during the past couple of weeks I’ve been thinking a lot about the 10 principal virtues of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  As a reminder, the 10 principal virtues are (1) her profound humility, (2) her lively faith, (3) her blind obedience, (4) her continual mental prayer, (5) her mortification in all things, (6) her surpassing purity, (7) her ardent charity, (8) her heroic patience, (9) her angelic sweetness, and (10) her divine wisdom.

September 21, 2013

Rebellion Among McDonald’s Employees

McDonalds MonopolyWhen my wife and I returned to Peoria after I graduated from law school (1982), a cloud of fear overshadowed Central Illinois.  Peoria was still reeling from the thousands of layoffs that had taken place in the late 1970s.  Families were fleeing to other states in search of good-paying jobs.

September 14, 2013


Fear Into ActionDuring the summer of 1989, most evenings I came home from work, ate supper with my family, and then sat in a lawn chair in the front yard of our home to read the newspaper.  We lived in a quiet, residential neighborhood in Peoria where there wasn’t much traffic.

September 8, 2013

The Appetite of Fear

Fear Stops LifeLast week I told you about the first auto accident injury case that I tried in front of a jury.  I won the case despite being up against a trial attorney who had more than 30 years of experience, compared to my two years of experience.  I told you about how I was like a fearless teenager who takes risks he shouldn’t take and jumps into situations he shouldn’t be involved in.  Because of my youthfulness and lack of experience, I didn’t have any fear of going up against the older more experienced attorney.

September 5, 2013


PruningA couple of times a week, my wife (Georgette) sends an email to me and our children with an update on what’s been going on in her life and the lives of our children.  Three of our seven children live out of town — one in California, one in Colorado, and one in Chicago.