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Bosak: Some sage advice for college-bound kids

At a recent family dinner, I enjoyed talking to Cameron and J.J., sons of two of my cousins. Both were heading off for college that weekend, excited to be off on their own at last, but somewhat nervous about starting over as little fish in …

Bosak: Food (and some sugary drinks) for thought

In our family, while I was growing up, summer always seemed a grand time for eating out. Our original home on 6th and Kentucky in downtown Gary had no central air conditioning, as was the case for just about every home in the vicinity at …

Bosak: The quest to find peace in a violent world

You can’t miss it on the news. I’m talking about all the violence going on throughout the world: Gaza, the Ukraine, our own streets. What’s a person to do? It’s all so overwhelming that we either wring our hands and wonder what one person could …

Bosak: Going out on a limb for childhood memories

When I was hunting for ideas for this week’s column, I noticed there is actually an international tree-climbing day. Some list it in August, while others observe the day in March. Nevertheless, one of my favorite family memories came rushing back. My aunt and uncle …

Bosak: Here are some titles to keep the pages turning

As a lover of reading and good books, I would be remiss if I did not bring you some of this summer’s most popular. Looking for something good to read? One of the easiest ways is to ask a friend, neighbor or co-worker what he …

Pursuit of happiness takes individual twists

Friday is Independence Day, the Fourth of July holiday. We celebrate all of the freedoms we have enjoyed over the decades as a country: freedom from oppression, from tyranny, from those who would stifle our religious freedoms, etc. However, thinking about this issue of freedom, …

Wrapping it all up: Dads, dogs and a do-over

OK, I haven’t done this for a while but this is going to be one of those “bits and pieces” columns. June is a busy month and there’s a lot to be said about much that is going on. First, I know that Father’s Day …

The real capper: Advice for young graduates

Remember those sweet days of graduation? Whether from high school or college, we were young, eager and filled with enthusiasm to get moving down the road to a bright and promising future. And, as I recall, there were many well-wishers willing to share their advice …

Heed the real meaning behind Memorial Day

The day is about the memories. It’s about not forgetting. This weekend we celebrate Memorial Day, the first of our much-anticipated three-day weekends of the summer. What we often forget is that it is, above all, a day for remembering. First and foremost, we remember …

So many things make our moms special

While cleaning house a few days ago, two thoughts made me think of my mother. The first was that I thought she would be proud of how well I kept my home. I can’t say it’s always immaculate — having a wild and crazy dog …

Plans for better weather are springing up

Several days ago, it was beautiful, sunny and warm ... no jackets needed. The air carried that unmistakable scent of spring — green growth and warm earth. However, as I write this, we all awoke this morning to the dastardly sight of ice and snow. …

Spring forward by pushing winter stress aside

Is there anyone out there who hasn’t been stressed from this past winter? I say “past” somewhat sarcastically because even though we’re now in April, we know from recent experience that brings no assurance that we won’t see ice or find another six inches of …

Ways to make work fun

Some might argue today that life at the workplace is just not what it used to be. Where is the teamwork? Where is the camaraderie? Where is that sense of spirit? Years ago, in my corporate life, I worked at a large bank. At the …

A good book helps to pass the time

I doubt anyone will argue that this winter has been brutal. To compound the matter, right after Christmas I tripped and fractured my femur. Over the last couple of months, even if the weather had been warm and sunny, I wouldn’t have been out and …

Think outside the box for your love this year

Have you ever been at a card shop or drug store on a late afternoon on Valentine’s Day? The Valentine rack is pathetically picked over as a herd of desperate men swarm the store. Some will make a grab for the last remaining cards. Surely …

Can’t think of perfect gift? Give to charity instead

Here we are, less than a week away from Christmas. Usually by now, we are at the tail-end of our shopping lists, leaving the hardest until the last. What do you get for 88-year-old Uncle Benny? Does my pastor really need yet another religious artifact? …

Holidays full of special memories

My sister Jackie put me to shame when, a couple of weeks ago, she called to gloat that she had assembled and decorated one of her Christmas trees already. She generally puts up two trees and was mighty proud of the fact she was this …