Jimmy Haslam, owner of the Cleveland Browns.

Browns on the rise, but Haslam ownership provides doubt

As a new Cleveland Browns fan, I’ve taken to consuming all-news Browns: I listen to WKNR when I can, online of course, and I subscribe to the Cleveland Browns channel … Continue reading Browns on the rise, but Haslam ownership provides doubt

“PYT” by Michael Jackson: Cover Song of the Week (with Tutorial!)

For anybody in the 1980s but especially for those of us just hitting puberty in 1982-83, Michael Jackson was the biggest musical influence on everybody. Still is. The man earned … Continue reading “PYT” by Michael Jackson: Cover Song of the Week (with Tutorial!)

J.D. McPherson and Jenny Lewis

My Shazam! My 2 favorite songs of January 2019: J.D. McPherson + Jenny Lewis

Each tap of my Shazam button brings a new listen, a new discovery — and this month, of all the songs I Shazam’d, I stumbled upon two that led me … Continue reading My Shazam! My 2 favorite songs of January 2019: J.D. McPherson + Jenny Lewis

Brene Brown and Patrick Lencioni

Where trust meets vulnerability; reading Brown before Lencioni

At the foundation of the Patrick Lencioni ‘Ideal Team Player’ model is the manager’s ability to facilitate trust on a team, and it’s only been within the past couple of … Continue reading Where trust meets vulnerability; reading Brown before Lencioni

Christian Bale as Dick Cheney in "Vice"

Movie Review: ‘Vice’ fantastic mimicry but at least partially unfair

A few weeks ago, I finished the Chris Whipple book called “The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency,” a book that masterfully and I believe … Continue reading Movie Review: ‘Vice’ fantastic mimicry but at least partially unfair

FM by Steely Dan

“FM” by Steely Dan | Cover Song of the Week

When I decided to do a cover version of Steely Dan’s “FM,” also known as “No Static At All,” I only had to tell Kristi that I was covering my … Continue reading “FM” by Steely Dan | Cover Song of the Week

"Chicago" by Brian Doyle

Judge a book by its cover: Why I loved Brian Doyle’s “Chicago”

Have you heard the saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover?” Of course you have. But I do it all the time. Several weeks ago, during a visit to … Continue reading Judge a book by its cover: Why I loved Brian Doyle’s “Chicago”

Mary Poppins Returns

Movie Review: ‘Mary Poppins Returns,’ Miranda a delight

As a 48-year-old man about to marry into a family with a 10-year-old girl, I have realized quickly just how little Disney I’ve ever watched. I totally get what Mary … Continue reading Movie Review: ‘Mary Poppins Returns,’ Miranda a delight

My Shazam! 10 songs I’m digging in January 2019

We hear great music everywhere these days. We hear it on TV, in movies, at the grocery store, restaurant and bar. And we have an app that will help us … Continue reading My Shazam! 10 songs I’m digging in January 2019

2018 Year in review: Just how close is Oklahoma to a national title?

For most folks across the country, the thought of another Clemson vs. Alabama College Football Playoff game – a fourth – is pretty dull unless you’re in Alabama or South … Continue reading 2018 Year in review: Just how close is Oklahoma to a national title?