Cup of Joe

Cup of Joe: You say goodbye, I say hello

My mom once told me, “Every time one door closes, another opens.” Her words apply perfectly in this column.   It’s time to say goodbye to my column, “Cup of Joe,” which I’ve written for nearly two and a half years. It’s also time to welcome new opportunities with open arms.   Following three years…

Cup of Joe: A kind word and a smile

  Wisdom comes from many sources.   Professors, professionals and pariahs can all offer pieces of knowledge. You never know what you can learn from another person.   I once picked up a nugget of wisdom from a man I don’t always agree with, but deeply respect. He said: “Be nice to the little people.…

Cup of Joe: Is it spring yet?

ason is almost here. I’ve endured enough snow. I’ve shivered through cold walks to Dolan. I’ve enjoyed the three “snow days” in the past month, but a man can only sit inside and stare outside for so long. In just five days, in a place far, far away, baseball will commence. The Indians begin their…

Cup of Joe: Beating the Winter Blues

February is the worst.   Out of the 12 months of the calendar year, February has the least to offer. The shortest month of the year only brings snow and cold, and something more sinister – the winter blues.   Nearly everyone in Northeast Ohio experiences the symptoms of this condition, also known as seasonal…

Cup of Joe: Immigration on a personal level

    When you hear the phrase, “detention camps,” what’s the first word that comes to mind?   Evil? Unjust? Inhumane?   You might be surprised to hear that detention camps exist in the United States.   Two such facilities currently exist in a pair of Texas towns, housing immigrant refugees from Central American countries.…

Cup of Joe: Politics and money, it’s a gas

Pink Floyd had it right in its song “money.” Well, at least when it comes to campaign spending. As the 2016 presidential election quickly approaches, money is already flowing into campaign accounts and political action committees (PACs). Democrats and Republicans are gearing up for a bloody battle to determine who will be the next president…

Cup of Joe: Rooting guide for the Super Bowl

Sunday marks the 49th Super Bowl in NFL history. For the 49th consecutive year, Cleveland fans will watch as two teams other than the Browns play for the Vince Lombardi Trophy.   While the Browns won’t be playing, the Super Bowl is still a must-watch event for football fans and entertainment enthusiasts. After all, Katy…

Columns: An eye on the future

Welcome to the future. 2015 has arrived. As predicted by Back to the Future II, we enjoy a mostly comfortable existence in an age of amazing technology. We’re still waiting on flying cars and a Cubs’ World Series victory, but for the most part we have it made. Looking into the future is intriguing. Will…

Cup of Joe: You say you want a revolution?

Now is a critical time for our nation.   We are racially divided. Our trust in public officials, such as police officers, has waned. We no longer have faith in our government at the national level.   As the time comes to look back on 2014, this has been an eye-opening year for America. We…

Cup of Joe: Give a little bit

One week separates us from  one of the best American holidays (Thanksgiving) and one of the worst (Black Friday).   A common complaint is that the Christmas season seems to start earlier every year. Holiday music creeps onto the radio by the end of October and the adsbegin before the first snowfall. The “most wonderful…

Cup of Joe: JCU who?

  The Browns aren’t the only Cleveland team enjoying success.   John Carroll University’s fall sports teams are in the midst of a truly memorable fall season.   The football team plays Mount Union on Saturday, the men’s soccer squad won the regular season Ohio Athletic Conference Championship and the volleyball team came within three…

Cup of Joe: The end is nigh

  I am ready to add a new T-shirt to my collection.   “I survived Ebola 2014” will fit nicely in my wardrobe next to shirts such as “I survived swine flu” and “I survived Y2K.”   Every time I turn around, someone is trying to predict what the cause of my death will be.…

Cup of Joe: Turn entitlement into change

  We are the “Entitled Generation.”   Some call us “lazy, needy and narcissistic.” Members of Generation Y, those born between the early 1980s and the mid 1990s, share this stereotype.   The critics of our generation are partially correct.   Some Gen-Y (or “Millenials”) fit this description, but not all. It’s time we changed…

Cup of Joe: We were the lucky ones.

  We grew up in a golden age of cartoons. “SpongeBob SquarePants,” “Rugrats,” “Hey Arnold,” “Jimmy Neutron” and many others populated our childhoods.    Today’s youth are not so lucky.   Oct. 4 was a historic day. For the first time in over 50 years,  Saturday morning cartoons were absent from the broadcast networks.  …

Cup of Joe: An answer in the stars

  Look up.   Take a break from reading this award-winning newspaper for a moment and look around you. What do you see?   We often fail to realize that there is a world all around us. We each fall into our own little worlds. We’re so engrossed with our own problems and fancy devices…

Cup of Joe: This Is Our Home

    Life isn’t fair. Or so we think.   Each of us is incredibly blessed. We’ve hit the jackpot. We’re part of a lucky few.   How so, you ask?   Each of us has a golden opportunity to join an elite group – college graduates. Just 6.7 percent of the world’s population has…

Cup of Joe: It’s Time for Change

  The NFL is king.   In the world of American professional sports, no league boasts more teams, fans and revenue.   Now the NFL also holds the dubious honor of having the biggest current public relations crisis.   The league is dealing with blowback from its handling of the Ray Rice assault incident, combined…

Cup of Joe: Is Cleveland close to a championship?

  Much has changed since I last wrote a column here in May.   Johnny Manziel, LeBron James and the Republican National Convention chose Cleveland this summer. Many are saying that Cleveland is in the midst of a resurgence.   Cleveland sports teams are the talk of the nation. The Indians are in the wild…

Columns: Halfway through – what to do?

Before I enrolled at John Carroll, every person I talked to about college told me how fast it would come and go. I didn’t believe them then, but I do now. As the school year comes to a close, I can’t fathom that my college career is already halfway complete. I’m not complaining – I’m…

Cup of Joe: March sadness

  Want me to let you in on one of the worst kept secrets in sports?   NCAA Division I men’s basketball is a joke.   Before you start throwing tomatoes at me, hear me out.   In terms of postseason play, NCAA Division I men’s basketball is second to none. March Madness is one…

Columns: Another step in the journey

I never imagined I would be here. At John Carroll, at The Carroll News, in this column spot. Growing up, I wanted to be an athlete, railroad engineer, or meteorologist. But as fate would have it, I decided to take up writing, chose JCU and started writing for The Carroll News. And now, I find…

Cup of Joe: Opening Day

At long last, baseball season has arrived.   I’ve been waiting all winter. As Roger Hornsby said, “People ask me what I do in the winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.”   Now that winter has passed, one of my favorite…

Cup of Joe: Why I love March

    My kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Nolan, taught me that March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.   The elementary phrase might be true in describing the weather, but it is the opposite in the sporting world. That’s why it’s one of my favorite months of the year.   And…

Cup of Joe: Where do the inept Cavs go from here?

What else could go wrong for the Cleveland Cavaliers?   2013 No. 1 overall draft pick Anthony Bennett has been a big bust. Head coach Mike Brown has lost control of his team. The Andrew Bynum signing was a disaster. Luol Deng is looking like a short-term rental. Dion Waiters is causing dissension in the…

Cup of Joe: The Olympics– A special tradition

Following Sunday’s Super Bowl, some might be tempted to say that the best sporting tradition involves America’s Game – football.   I beg to differ. The best sporting event is the world’s games – the Olympics.   Tracing back to ancient Greece, the Olympics have a lengthy and storied past. The games and traditions have…