Honoring Don Warren, Cavaliers Founder

In Memoriam: Don Warren, 1928-2019 I'll begin with a confession: I have not spoken to Don Warren for probably five, maybe seven years. Not since before or shortly after my family and I picked up stakes after 11 years in Chicago, Don's nearly-lifelong stomping grounds, and trekked west to South Dakota. "You're WHAT?" I can... Continue Reading →

Throwback: Taking a Bite Out of Winter

College Poem Ruminated on Winter, Parenthood The snow keeps falling in our part of the world. What had gotten sloppy and root-beer slushy in the weeks double-digit subzero temps had kept us shut inside is now great mounds of white again. And I've been rummaging around inside, through drawers and shelves and boxes, trying to... Continue Reading →

Happy Thanksgiving To You and Yours

A Very Foutz Thanksgiving, 1949 As a writer, what turns me on about genealogy is the stories you uncover. And it's a bonus that the characters starring in them are bound to you by blood. The intimacy of it -- their history is yours, too -- is what tantalizes. Not necessarily the dates and thrice-so-and-so-twice-removed... Continue Reading →

Here We Go Again: Another Browns Season

Throwback: Browns Football Misery is Timeless It's season-opening Sunday once again in the NFL, and that means a full slate of aerial battles, bone-jarring hits (as long as they're head's-up), ankle-breaking jukes and coaches popping a forehead-vein, usually in the postgame presser. Oh, and renewed heartbreak for Cleveland Browns fans. I am under few illusions... Continue Reading →

Enjoy the Fourth – Responsibly!

Party Like There's a Tomorrow on July 4 We had a saying in my hometown: "Stay out of the police log." My wife's family also has a saying, right before waving you goodbye on a long trip: "Drive carefulment." I've added a certain levity to that last saying by pronouncing it, "au franzay": drive carefoomaw. But... Continue Reading →

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