Post-Tribune http://posttrib.suntimes.com Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us webmaster@suntimes.com (Editor) http://posttrib.suntimes.com/csp/cms/sites/STM/assets/img/logos/posttrib.gif Post-Tribune http://posttrib.suntimes.com 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Bosak: Here are some titles to keep the pages turning ]]> Lead story image

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 or she is enjoying at the moment. I must admit, I’ve been gorging myself on books the last few months — sometimes blowing through two or more a week. But, as always, some stick in my mind more than others. One such is “Gone Girl,” by Gillian Flynn. On their anniversary, a seemingly happy wife … ]]> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 23:00:01 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/neighbors/bosak/28694756-452/bosak-here-are-some-titles-to-keep-the-pages-turning.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/neighbors/bosak/28694756-452/bosak-here-are-some-titles-to-keep-the-pages-turning.html <![CDATA[ Pursuit of happiness takes individual twists ]]> Lead story image

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, it occurred to me that, as individuals, we also can allow ourselves to be oppressed, bound with chains of our own making. For much of my adult life, I found it difficult to say “no” to any number of requests on my time. It was stressful, exhausting and at times downright irritating, but I was … ]]> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 18:46:23 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/neighbors/bosak/28436265-452/pursuit-of-happiness-takes-individual-twists.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/neighbors/bosak/28436265-452/pursuit-of-happiness-takes-individual-twists.html <![CDATA[ Wrapping it all up: Dads, dogs and a do-over ]]> Lead story image

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 was Sunday, but I can’t let the occasion pass without a “Happy Father’s Day” to my brother-in-law Gene. I couldn’t love him more if he were blood. He always has been a great father to his now-grown sons, Mike and Mark, and, in turn, Mark has raised two wonderful sons of his own, Drew and … ]]> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 15:20:46 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/neighbors/bosak/28150490-452/wrapping-it-all-up-dads-dogs-and-a-do-over.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/neighbors/bosak/28150490-452/wrapping-it-all-up-dads-dogs-and-a-do-over.html <![CDATA[ The real capper: Advice for young graduates ]]> Lead story image

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 and words of wisdom. There’s one thing I remember my father telling me at the time of my graduation from Andrean High School. If ever you are in a position of supervising people, always, he said, treat them with respect and never look down on someone because of the job they perform. Everyone, he emphasized, … ]]> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 23:32:01 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/neighbors/bosak/27866944-452/the-real-capper-advice-for-young-graduates.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/neighbors/bosak/27866944-452/the-real-capper-advice-for-young-graduates.html <![CDATA[ Heed the real meaning behind Memorial Day ]]> Lead story image

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 our brave men and women who have answered the call and put their lives on the line so that we might continue to live free. It is no small sacrifice, especially for the wives, children, mothers and fathers who have lost their loved ones. Writer W.J. Cameron once noted about Memorial Day, “Perform, then, this … ]]> Wed, 21 May 2014 23:08:01 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/neighbors/bosak/27490755-452/heed-the-real-meaning-behind-memorial-day.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/neighbors/bosak/27490755-452/heed-the-real-meaning-behind-memorial-day.html <![CDATA[ So many things make our moms special ]]> Lead story image

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 usually makes that an impossibility — but I try to pay attention to detail, moving the furniture I can to vacuum, dusting the tops of pictures, getting rid of clutter, etc. The second thought came when I happened to hear a comment on television. A “Dr. Phil” episode happened to be on and one of … ]]> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 04:10:50 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/neighbors/bosak/27171444-452/so-many-things-make-our-moms-special.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/neighbors/bosak/27171444-452/so-many-things-make-our-moms-special.html <![CDATA[ Plans for better weather are springing up ]]> Lead story image

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. Big bummer! These past few months will go down as the winter that just won’t end. At a recent gathering, the big topic of conversation was what everyone would do once the weather finally broke and spring arrived. While I’m still hobbling around in a full leg brace, recovering from my broken leg, things are … ]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:47:59 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/neighbors/bosak/27009857-452/plans-for-better-weather-are-springing-up.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/neighbors/bosak/27009857-452/plans-for-better-weather-are-springing-up.html <![CDATA[ Spring forward by pushing winter stress aside ]]> Lead story image

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 snow on the ground. The unbearable winter, coupled with a very slow recovery from a severely broken leg, has made my stress levels skyrocket. I stress about getting out and about safely ... will I fall again? I stress about being cold ... I’m so tired of shivering and wrapping myself in layers of blankets. … ]]> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 03:19:15 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/neighbors/bosak/26740216-452/spring-forward-by-pushing-winter-stress-aside.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/neighbors/bosak/26740216-452/spring-forward-by-pushing-winter-stress-aside.html <![CDATA[ Ways to make work fun ]]> Lead story image

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 time, we were not that far out from having been bought by a much larger national bank, but we still had a considerable amount of local control. Employees were worried, however. Things seemed the same but there was a lingering fear that “big brother’s” hammer would fall and things (and people) would change. At the … ]]> Mon, 26 May 2014 03:49:38 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/neighbors/bosak/26277138-452/ways-to-make-work-fun.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/neighbors/bosak/26277138-452/ways-to-make-work-fun.html <![CDATA[ A good book helps to pass the time ]]> Lead story image

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 about. So, I’ve done the next best thing … read. Here are a couple of the books I find worth noting for avid readers. The first I tackled was “Doctor Sleep,” the latest by Stephen King. I’m a big King fan, but, when confined to the rehab hospital, a nurse came by and blithely noted … ]]> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 03:37:27 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/neighbors/bosak/25826789-452/a-good-book-helps-to-pass-the-time.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/neighbors/bosak/25826789-452/a-good-book-helps-to-pass-the-time.html <![CDATA[ Think outside the box for your love this year ]]> Lead story image

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 there must some way to make that lone “Dear Mom” card look like my “My Precious Wife” or “Darling Girlfriend.” Others can be found aimlessly wandering the aisles, eyes glazed over. What’s a guy to do? Well, at least these poor souls, late as they may be, have the good sense to know that forgetting … ]]> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 03:40:44 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/neighbors/bosak/25528723-452/think-outside-the-box-for-your-love-this-year.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/neighbors/bosak/25528723-452/think-outside-the-box-for-your-love-this-year.html <![CDATA[ Can’t think of perfect gift? Give to charity instead ]]> Lead story image

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? And, how about my neighbor who always snow-blows my sidewalks? He swears he does it because he likes to run his snow blower, but shouldn’t I get him something? I always have a person or two like that on my yearly list. I would run myself ragged trying to find that perfect, yet meaningful gift … ]]> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 16:06:58 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/neighbors/bosak/24453486-452/cant-think-of-perfect-gift-give-to-charity-instead.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/neighbors/bosak/24453486-452/cant-think-of-perfect-gift-give-to-charity-instead.html <![CDATA[ Holidays full of special memories ]]> Lead story image

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 far ahead of the game. I, on the other hand, ceremoniously wait until the Friday after Thanksgiving to put up my lone tree. No Black Friday crowds for this gal. Being a working person, I don’t exactly look forward to putting up the tree, but there is one thing I always enjoy … unwrapping the … ]]> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 13:00:00 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/neighbors/bosak/24148884-452/holidays-full-of-special-memories.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/neighbors/bosak/24148884-452/holidays-full-of-special-memories.html <![CDATA[ As weather heats up, so do memories ]]> Lead story image

Over this past cold, rainy Memorial Day weekend, I was at the grocery store when I heard the small boy in front of me whine to his mom, “But when is it going to be summer?” When indeed, we might all ask. Just when we thought we had made it through winter unscathed, spring came in packing a cold, wet punch. As I remembered all we would anticipate about summer in years gone by, I could sympathize with the young boy. The thought of that last day of school approaching was intoxicating. So much to do; so much to see…where … ]]> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 12:08:00 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/neighbors/bosak/20536888-452/as-weather-heats-up-so-do-memories.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/neighbors/bosak/20536888-452/as-weather-heats-up-so-do-memories.html <![CDATA[ Readers share the one question they would ask God ]]> Lead story image

Recently I listened to a speaker who posed an interesting question. If you had the chance, what one question would you ask God? The speaker’s talk went on to explore much of what is unexplainable in the world but I was stuck on the question. What would I ask God if I had the window of opportunity? A lot of mundane things went through my head, but, in the end, I came up with one word. Why? If God is what we believe God is, why creation? Did God become so inspired one day that creation burst forth like water … ]]> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 16:08:00 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/neighbors/bosak/18810028-452/readers-share-the-one-question-they-would-ask-god.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/neighbors/bosak/18810028-452/readers-share-the-one-question-they-would-ask-god.html <![CDATA[ Lenten sacrifice should be a true test ]]> Lead story image

For many Christian religions, we are now in our second week of observance of the season of Lent — a 40-day period of prayer, fast, penance and good works leading up to the feast of Easter. As a cradle Catholic, Lent, along with all its customs, is implanted in our DNA. For instance, unlike some other faith traditions, we fast and abstain from meat on all Lenten Fridays. But I have to confess, I love fish so while I dutifully abstain, it’s no real sacrifice for me. I know I’m following the letter of the law, but many years ago, … ]]> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 16:18:00 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/neighbors/bosak/18495663-452/lenten-sacrifice-should-be-a-true-test.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/neighbors/bosak/18495663-452/lenten-sacrifice-should-be-a-true-test.html <![CDATA[ Let’s not forget to say our thanks to veterans ]]> Lead story image

On Nov. 11, our country observes Veterans Day. I would imagine not too many of us are affected by the government holiday. Most will work, as usual. We’ll crab about not getting our mail and perhaps get peeved because we’re caught in a parade traffic jam. For too many, the day is a non-event … unless you are a vet or part of a vet’s family. I’m not one to purposely go up to a stranger and initiate a conversation. If it happens coincidentally, then fine, but I don’t go out of my way to accost strangers. A couple of … ]]> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 02:22:04 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/neighbors/bosak/23556622-452/lets-not-forget-to-say-our-thanks-to-veterans.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/neighbors/bosak/23556622-452/lets-not-forget-to-say-our-thanks-to-veterans.html <![CDATA[ Fondest memories of Halloween’s best treats ]]> Lead story image

Part of the charm of Halloween through the decades has been that you get as much “stuff” as you can carry for free; it’s yours for the asking. I grew up at a time when kids could roam the streets for hours without fear, sometimes running home to empty their bags or pillow cases only to go back out for more. Afterward, the fun continued as we would trudge home, tired but anxious to sit down on the floor, empty out our sacks, assess and sort our loot. My friends and I had a system. One pile was for stuff … ]]> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 13:06:01 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/neighbors/bosak/23292596-452/fondest-memories-of-halloweens-best-treats.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/neighbors/bosak/23292596-452/fondest-memories-of-halloweens-best-treats.html