On Common Ground

My day started with a train ride from the Bloomington-Normal area, two towns in the heart of central Illinois. Even though we’re supposedly at war with our northern neighbors, there wasn’t a checkpoint, barricade, or wall preventing my son Jonathan and me from leaving Union Station on our arrival. We met my son-in-law, Jake, and his father, Dave, who reside just outside the city. Their Cubs apparel identified them as fans, and our plain shirts and pants…



I’m a historian, writer, actor, public speaker, fisherman, husband, father, grandfather and retired public relations professional.

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