What Our Grandparents Have Always Done

By John M. DeJak / August 7, 2014 /

I’ve been following opera and Italian food expert Fred Plotkin for a number of years now. Politically, philosophically (in large measure) and theologically, we would likely find ourselves opponents. He is a self-described “pleasure activist and egalitarian,” whereas I assent to an orthodox understanding of a divinely ordered hierarchy in the universe and recognize–in a phrase that may…

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Baseball Cards Without Bubble Gum, 20 Years On

By John M. DeJak / June 28, 2013 /

I recall finding out, to my horror, in the early 1990s, that Topps Baseball Card packages were no longer including their trademark brittle piece of gum that had been a mainstay of American boys’ youth since the late 1940s and early 1950s.  At the time, my card collecting days were over but they were not for my…

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