Not every father figure gets credit

The mid-morning text began, “Cuz, it’s bad.” Earlier this week, one uncle with whom I share no relationship was found dead in his bed in Missouri,¬†surrounded by the few personal items he’d been able to accumulate over his long and unhappy life. He died old and alone with one cousin and the police breaking¬†in after …

And — just like that — he’s 32

This little sandy-haired guy — father of seven, recent law school graduate, hard-headed son of a…oh, wait. Never mind that last part — is turning 32 today. He was a much-loved and much-wanted baby who taught me everything I needed to know about unconditional love. This photo was taken on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, at his …

The sad and sorry case of Jared Fogle

Jared Fogle, who became famous as the Subway Guy when he lost 200 pounds by eating primarily at Subway restaurants, pleaded guilty this week to engaging in sex with minors, and distributing and receiving child porn. The affable rags-to-riches guy turned out to be a garden variety pedophile. You can read more here, but the …