Ambition. That's what Hamilton: An American Musical is really all about.  It's the story of Alexander Hamilton, one of our famous Founding Fathers. He was the first Secretary of the Treasury. His picture is on the ten dollar bill.  He was brilliant. The musical is easily the best musical or play I have ever seen, and along with the Super Bowl, is the only mega-hyped event that can actually live up to it. Hamilton actually is better than the hype, if that's possible. After months of waiting, my wife and I finally got to see it this week in Chicago. "My Shot" is one of the first songs in the play and ...

I didn't know AOL was still in business. If I got an email from someone  with an AOL account, I intuitively would delete it because I would assume it is a virus, a scam, or some version of bad news. This is just smart email caution on my part. But it turns out Mike and Karen Pence are AOL customers. Even after then-Gov. Pence had his AOL account hacked last June, the Pence's just deleted their accounts and opened two new ones. That's serious brand loyalty to a brand that is now the equivalent of the flip phone. "You've Got Mail" is a ...

A new year is upon us. Yawn. Each year, for the last twenty of them at least, has started with the busiest stretch in my work year. Accountants have tax season. Teachers have “back to school.” Lobbyists and legislators have “sessions.” In Indiana, legislative sessions start in January. So here’s to the new year! I am not nostalgic about the new year. I generally sleep through midnight, and if I don't, I'm generally mad about it. However, I do like thinking about making changes. So resolutions fascinate me. I don't make them in conjunction with the calendar, but I love watching others ...

Former Indiana Governor and current President of Purdue University Mitch Daniels wrote a fantastic letter that was published in the Indianapolis Star this week. It was strategically penned just before Tuesday’s election and it was addressed to the two major party candidates for governor here in the Hoosier state. http://www.indystar.com/story/opinion/2016/11/11/mitch-daniels-advice-new-governor/93592972/ The letter took the tone of fatherly advice, with a welcome and much needed absence of partisanship at an obviously crucial time. The topic: the keys to effective government management. I am a graduate of Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs. I spent my first thirteen years after college working ...

I think I am gonna change things up around here after this brutal campaign season. These last few months, it seems I have spent too much time sitting at my kitchen counter reading and writing, then writing and reading some more.  Actually, I plan to keep doing that.  But I am planning on much of the tabloid style content that has been overwhelming my readers to fizzle out in the days and week's that follow November 8. That way, I can restake my claim as the edgy smart aleck who isn't afraid to write about the tough topics.  "Tough" means difficult in ...