I spend a couple of hours on Sundays putting together ingredients for Sunday Brunch, when you have a little more time for the good stuff.
- Tradition worth repeating: “They were decked out in red, white and blue. They were on bikes and in strollers, flag-draped kiddie cars and in the arms of their parents and grandparents. They laughed and sang during Friday’s annual Bicycle Parade and neighborhood block party at California and Delaware avenues, near Lakeside Park.”
- This video from National Geographic tells the story of Layka, who took four rounds from an AK-47 at point-blank range in Afghanistan, and Staff Sgt. Julian McDonald, who was once her handler and has adopted the dog that subdued the shooter and saved his life.
- “He was a real bulldog when he thought something right needed to be done,” said his son, Tony Isch. “He really took it personally. … It took a lot out of him, but that never stopped.” Rebecca S. Green’s tribute to former Decatur Mayor Fred Isch brought more than one tear to my eye.
- America the off-key: The national anthem can be a perilous fight for singers says Los Angeles Times columnist Bill Plaschke. Too many spend too much time, forget the words or fail to hit the “free” note, but he says the pregame song may be an eternal battle, but it’s one worth fighting.