Keep Cool, Steve

grandpa

I was always that badly behaved little twerp when I was three. [ Read More ]

My Call With Mae West [PODCAST]

Mae West

Joe Westerberg tells a funny true story about the time he went to Los Angeles as a kid and decided to call up Mae West.  I mean, why not? Her number was listed right there in the phone book! [ Read More ]

Mommy Married Daddy

daughter

My three-year-old daughter was so consumed by the tale of “Cinderella.” So one day, when she came across a photo of my wife and I on our wedding day, a light bulb went off. [ Read More ]

When Kids Talk, Adults Should Listen

dinner

The other day my eight-year-old nephew and my brother passed by my apartment and decided to stay over for dinner. [ Read More ]

The Secret Weapon

wrestling

Jerry’s pal, Yudee, uses his new-found strength after a work-related accident to tryout for the highschool wrestling team. How did he do? [ Read More ]

Crazy School Bus

There was a point in my life when I had come close to madness. I was 6 years old. [ Read More ]

A Friendly Notice

baby

So there’s a new baby in town. My neighbor’s son has something to say. Courtesy of his dad. [ Read More ]

Learning the Hard Way

bike

I recently saw an ad for an insurance company. In the clip a parent ran behind a young boy, who was learning to ride a bicycle. The parent let the grinning, helmeted tyke go and he pedaled away with a huge smile on his face. [ Read More ]

Pay-Off Time

bottle caps

Back in the 40’s, on the West Side of Chicago, teenagers didn’t have much of an income stream. One day I heard a rumor that the local Coca-Cola bottling plant was buying bottle caps in bulk. How many caps does it take to make a pound? I was soon to find out. [ Read More ]

Like Mother, Like Daughter

mother daughter

I was scampering early in the morning for my daughter’s parent-teacher meeting and when I arrived, the teacher seemed a bit flustered, especially when she started telling me that my little girl didn’t always pay attention in class and was sometimes a little flighty. [ Read More ]

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