South City Confessions, Volume #20: My simple plan for a better future involves voting with more accountability

“So much violence.”  The ageless words of Kevin Costner’s Elliott Ness in Brian De Palma’s “The Untouchables” couldn’t have been more right today. I am talking about St. Louis, a place that has seen 24 homicide deaths in June alone. The crime is down slightly overall from last year, but the death rate is still … More South City Confessions, Volume #20: My simple plan for a better future involves voting with more accountability

South City Confessions: Being a good dad is the hardest yet most rewarding job on Earth

“You’ll understand when you’re older.”  Everyone has heard this line at one time or another. It wasn’t just my old man that recited those thought-provoking words; every other household had a patriarch who told his kids that the mysteries of the world would soon become clear with age and experience. My dad, Richard, wasn’t wrong. … More South City Confessions: Being a good dad is the hardest yet most rewarding job on Earth

South City Confessions: That one time I overheated on a run

The first thing I remember is that I couldn’t stop sweating and my heart wouldn’t stop pounding. There’s nothing worse than trying to get too much of a workout in extreme heat and getting your ass kicked. It’s a terrible feeling. The overpowering sun beats you to your knees, and there’s still a few miles … More South City Confessions: That one time I overheated on a run

South City Confessions: Living with high blood pressure and heart attacks in the family

We’re all going to die. As a wise person once said, none of us are making it out of here alive. Those are just the facts, but it’s all a matter of how you deal with and interpret them. You can either live in fear or get busy living. For me, it’s an interesting setup. … More South City Confessions: Living with high blood pressure and heart attacks in the family

South City Confessions: My wife is all the lightning I need

Some people say lightning can strike twice for certain people when it comes to love, but my wife is the only lightning I need. Please allow me to dot on her for a minute. She just made plan at her store. In case you don’t know, she’s the general manager of the Tile Shop in … More South City Confessions: My wife is all the lightning I need

South City Confessions: The Loop Trolley was doomed from the start

Who really wanted a loop trolley? Years ago, I wasn’t driving down Delmar and heard outside my car window, “all we need in this town to stop violence, underpaid teachers, depleted police force, and staggering crime rate is a loop trolley.” Nope, that never came up. As the old fashioned turd of an idea prepares … More South City Confessions: The Loop Trolley was doomed from the start

South City Confessions: Can we all be a little less offended?

Every December, a heated debate breaks out across the world. Minds scramble, tempers flare, and the nearby bodies of water start to produce massive waves. What’s the debate? Should I say “happy holidays” or “Merry Christmas?” Oh, for fucks sake! Here’s the thing. The world would be a better place if everybody was a little … More South City Confessions: Can we all be a little less offended?

South City Confessions: Why Twitter induces so much negativity

There are more pleasant ways to wake up from a nap than a Twitter firestorm. If you are still wondering, the answer is yes, I do sleep. After pulling an all-nighter, stuffing two movies around an Uber shift, I had been down for the count for around four hours when I rolled over and grabbed … More South City Confessions: Why Twitter induces so much negativity