Some things to consider


Chicago Tribune endorses Barack Obama for President- First Democratic candidate to receive endorsement in the paper’s history.


General Colin Powell endorses Barack Obama


As explained in Col. Powell’s endorsement, being a Muslim does not make someone un-American. ¬†

Mother at grave of her son as described by Gen. Colin Powell


100,000 show up to see Obama in St. Louis

Feelin' Good!

The past couple of weeks have been a little rough for me. ¬†I fought off bronchitis two weeks ago and this week I feel crappy again -probably due to the changing weather and all the leaves falling off the trees. ¬†Allergies suck, don’t they?

But it’s autumn in Chicago and it’s starting to look and feel beautiful around here. ¬†I love the cooler temps and the bright colors on the trees. ¬†Sadly, I know this gives way to nasty weather ahead– but that’s the price you pay when you live in Chicago, I guess!

This past weekend I visited my mom and my sister and her family came up for a visit. ¬†We went to Jerry Smith Pumpkin Farm in western Kenosha with the twins and had a great time. ¬†The weather was beautiful and the girls seemed to enjoy the sights and sounds… though Abby got cranky with it all pretty quickly. ¬†They’re 8 months old already. ¬†I can’t believe how quickly they’re growing up, and how cute they’re getting!

Afterward we went to my mom’s and the girls played with some toys while we all relaxed a bit. ¬†Watching the girls play and seeing how much they have changed from those little tiny beings I remember seeing earlier this year just amazed me. ¬†They’re developing such distinct personalities – Abby is a bit more fussy but extremely attentive; and Emily is more social and easygoing. ¬†They are both able to sit up on their own and are becoming more independent as each day passes. ¬†It’s so interesting and exciting to see. ¬†

Sometimes I feel a little sad that I may not experience parenthood for myself. ¬†I’m enjoying watching my nieces grow up, but even though they are rather close, I still don’t get to see them all that often. ¬†Even though we are family, we all have our own lives, and we have to invest our time wisely. ¬†But I do feel a part of their lives, and as they grow up, they’ll know me as “Uncle Rick,” and not just some guy who comes around every now and then. ¬†I can’t wait for that to happen. ¬†

Until then, I’m the guy with the camera, following them around all the time. ¬†My sister said she feels somewhat like a celebrity because of all the clicking of the camera wherever they go. ¬†What can I say… I like taking pictures of my family. ūüôā ¬†And the end result is worth it.¬†

So, then, here are some pictures from our weekend together. ¬†Hopefully as Autumn settles in I’ll start to feel better… until then, I have some nice memories to keep me smiling.

Abby meets a calf

Emily meets a big bull!

Well, hello there!

Busy girls

Does this hat make me look cute?

Hi, Emily!

"That One" T-Shirts- On Sale NOW!

Believe it or not, I’ve been getting a lot of requests for T-shirts of my “That One” designs, so I have set up a Cafe Press store so you can get your very own “That One” T-shirt. ¬†There are tons of “That One” items there, but none have the same design I did (thankfully!) ūüôā ¬†

Click here to go to my store:

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Here are the items available (click to be brought to that item in the store):

“That One” ringer T-shirts, in white cotton with red, blue or black ‘rings’. Sizes available: S, M, L, XL and 2XL. $24.99

That One Fitted T-Shirt
“That One” fitted T-shirts, in white cotton. All Sizes available: S, M, L, XL and 2XL. $25.99

That One plain white T-shirt
“That One” plain white T-shirts, 100% cotton. Sizes available: S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL and 4XL.

That One Light T-Shirt
“That One” light T-shirts, 100% cotton, available in natural, grey and light blue. Sizes available: S, M, L, XL, 2XL and 3XL.¬†$24.99

10% of all proceeds will go toward to the Obama-Biden campaign. After the election, those proceeds will go toward various causes. I’ll have more products to sell in the near future.. so watch for more goodies! Thanks for your interest!

That One

While making a point during the most recent debate, John McCain referred to Barack Obama not as “Senator Obama” or “Barack” but “That One.”

He was explaining, at the time, his opposition to the 2005 Bush energy bill which was, in McCain’s words, “loaded down with goodies, billions for the oil companies.” McCain then tried to explain how Obama apparently supported this bill but he didn’t, but did so in a tone that was blatantly disrespectful to Obama:

“You know who voted for it? You might never know. That one,” said McCain, pointing at Obama, not even looking at him while doing so. “You know who voted against it? Me.”

Pundits, bloggers and columnists from far and wide have been denouncing McCain’s demeaning reference, calling it disrespectful and, in some cases, blatantly racist.

But people have responded by saying “That One is my candidate for President,” and “I’m voting for That One.” The message has appeared on everything from blogs to T-shirts.

So I decided to do my part:

I’ve created three posters that you can download and use however you wish. ¬†The three images above link to larger JPG versions. ¬†To download all three as a high-resolution PDF that you can print out and post, click here. ¬†

Let’s show Mr. McCain that he can’t disparage Barack Obama or anyone else. ¬†Let’s take back “That One” and vote for him this November. ¬†Click the logo below to go to my personal website and make a donation to his campaign. ¬†