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For Every Reaction There Is
Feb 14 • 28 min
It hasn’t taken long for some changes to come to the DUI Court I monitor as a result of legal cannabis in Illinois. An increase in arrests? No. But some interesting, but not surprising (I suppose) requests, from the Defense.
So, We Still Don’t Understand Social Hosting?
Feb 7 • 29 min
I share a quick story about a Statutory Summary Suspension Hearing as well as some reflections regarding my interview from two weeks past and my own thoughts about what was left unsaid regarding Social Hosting laws.
The Taylor Dockter Interview
Jan 31 • 39 min
Taylor Dockter, who spends her days as Project Coordinator for Impact Spartanburg DFC and also a Senior Prevention Specialist for The Forrester Center for Behavioral Health, spends her spare time advocating for the victims of human trafficking. There are…
Putting It Out There
Jan 24 • 22 min
In this episode the nicely dressed young lady heads off to jail while the alleged DUI Counselor who allegedly defrauded insurance companies is fighting back in court. It’s always good to go home to a great wife and a great life as Retired Guy.
The Larry Mishkin Episode
Jan 17 • 63 min
Larry Mishkin, Hoban Law Group, represents individuals who hope to open recreational marijuana stores in Illinois. I am sure you may find yourself shaking your head at times, but the important thing is to have open dialogue, and a calm mind. Our teens are…
Words Matter
Jan 10 • 21 min
In the episode we share words from past guests as to what single thing they would do to leave the wold a better place. Worthy of hearing again…and again.
Rollin’ In The Dough
Jan 8 • 7 min
The first few days of legal weed sales in Illinois made for good reading in the local newspapers. Time will tell the whole story.
My Marijuana Adventure
Jan 3 • 31 min
Yesterday I entered one of Illinois newly designated recreational marijuana stores and made a purchase. Why would I do such a thing that runs counter to my message? You will have to listen to find out.
Almost Smoked
Jan 1 • 9 min
What seemed simple turned into exasperation; until I took a seat and looked at the problem from a different angle. Happy New Year my friends! www.positivealternatives.net
Three Jonathan Stories
Dec 27, 2019 • 27 min
After all these years the memories remain close to the heart. And some news about our new scholarship!
It’s Ok to Say Merry Christmas.
Dec 25, 2019 • 8 min
Focus on REAL problems, not made up ones. We all will be better off for you sage choice.
The Ben Pohl Interview
Dec 20, 2019 • 57 min
Ben Pohl suffered serious injuries when he drove distracted 17 years ago during his teen age years. In an era when we are mesmerized by our smartphones, Ben reminds young people that there is more to driving distracted than simply locking your eyes onto…
Let’s Be Real
Dec 18, 2019 • 6 min
Nothing new under the sun. The first arrest for Marijuana in Illinois after January 1st for Driving Impaired will be big news. Those who are against the legalization of marijuana will point to the story as evidence of “I told you so”. So sorry, but folks…
The Felicia Miceli Interview
Dec 13, 2019 • 64 min
Felicia Miceli lives with Bella, who is her late son Louie’s dog. She works day in and day out reminding parents and their children of the life and death struggle so many face with opioid and heroin addiction. Her son was first prescribed opioids when he…
Give The Gift of Empathy For The Holidays
Dec 11, 2019 • 7 min
Stress is insidious. When you lose a child the holiday season can be difficult. The decorations can be hard to put up. The favorite meal that he, or she, loved can be hard to prepare. The joy can be all too easily tempered by the memory and the wonder of…
The Teddi Krochman Interview
Dec 6, 2019 • 74 min
Not all who spend a career in helping others find the same path to success. It’s our ability as humans to look at the same picture in different ways while still having the same goals at the end that lead us to a more successful result. If you’re the…
And The Defense Attorney Said
Dec 4, 2019 • 7 min
The perception that alcohol is not as problematic as other drugs is pervasive. That perception is at the root of the challenge to save young lives…and old.
The Augie Ghilarducci Interview
Nov 29, 2019 • 55 min
Our interview with Augie Ghilarducci who spent 13 years in prison and now returns to those same prisons to help inmates find a better path upon their own release. He uses his experience to teach successful skills and provide a second chance. 2nd…
Comin’ ‘Round The Bend
Nov 27, 2019 • 7 min
Thanksgiving Eve, the time when the students come home from college to connect with old friends is one of the big party times of the year. Have a plan, enjoy the camaraderie, and get home safely.
The Rams Committed Interview
Nov 22, 2019 • 55 min
We don’t talk AT Teens, we discuss ideas and issue WITH teens. It’s called communication on a respectful level. This is a refreshing conversation about leadership, growth, and vision for a brighter future. Great things afoot at Glenbard East High School…
You CAN Be The Coach - Start It Up
Nov 20, 2019 • 10 min
In this episode of 5 Minute Thoughts I share some observations about the art of getting started. Remember, showing up and getting started is half the battle. Once you cross that threshold you are on your way.
Substance Use Disorder is Not A Weakness - Part Two
Nov 15, 2019 • 52 min
Part # 2 of our 2 part interview with Dr. Kathleen Burke. We continue our discussion on how substance use disorder is an evil foe not to be taken lightly. How many potentially great people have we lost to this insidious enemy? Will compassionate care lead…
Disagree Respectfully
Nov 13, 2019 • 8 min
When friends disagree it’s important to remain friends. The value of friendship should not be overlooked. It is the ninth wonder of this world.
Substance Use Disorder is Not A Weakness
Nov 8, 2019 • 55 min
The Kathleen Burke Interview Part 1 - The journey to help others in their battle against substance abuse comes to Dr. Burke’s home where she discovers the tales told to her by parents of children suffering from the disease of addiction becomes all too…
Stay In Balance
Nov 6, 2019 • 9 min
In the episode of Positive Alternatives 5 Minute Thoughts, (which goes a bit over 5 minutes again, I just can’t seem to keep my word) we discuss the merits of living a life the proper way through a plan of mind - body balance. You can’t have one without…
The Opposite of Love is Control
Nov 1, 2019 • 81 min
Our interview with Dagmar Kauffman - Founder of On Balance Parenting, Collaborator, Peaceful Warrior, and Educator of Educators. We discuss how young people are losing out on the opportunity to grow and learn from their mistakes when parents step in and…
Practice? We Talking About Practice?
Oct 30, 2019 • 6 min
In this episode of 5 Minute Thoughts, I share how even us old guys need to work on the basics. Make that thing you wanna’ do becomes that thing you easily do. Practice, practice, practice.
Observations On A Fall Day
Oct 25, 2019 • 25 min
There are things that catch your eye when you are surfing the ‘net. You surely know what I am saying. The Internet. Where you read it and just know it has to be true?
We All Go Through it
Oct 23, 2019 • 8 min
Instead of hiding from the conversation of death and dying, isn’t a better idea to speak of it on occasion? I don’t mean we need to dwell on it. We need to enjoy our precious time here on earth among the living. But it might be healthy for each of us to…
Positive Role Models Need To Apply
Oct 18, 2019 • 24 min
In this episode we talk about how positive role models can help clear the view for teens seeking to make positive choices in their lives. It’s always beneficial to have a good example to emulate as they live their best life.
Simple Steps to Making Good Choices
Oct 16, 2019 • 5 min
In this 5 Minutes Thoughts episode I discuss one Positive Alternative is to make good choices. The focus is for you follow some easy, or maybe not so easy, steps to light your way.
How Do You Stop A Freight Train
Oct 11, 2019 • 37 min
According to an article in my recent AARP newsletter, the fastest growing rate for recreational cannabis users are people over 50 years of age. While we are rightfully concerned about how mixed messages are received by our youth when it comes to legalized…
Let’s Light That Candle
Oct 9, 2019 • 5 min
In this episode of Positive Alternatives 5 Minute Thoughts we share some thoughts on taking it all in and coming to that best of decisions for you. Even at this stage of life I have to digest the advice but still understand that the call I have to make is…
The Choice You Make
Oct 4, 2019 • 31 min
Before heading into the underage drinking party a choice was made. Before addiction took hold, a choice to begin using took place. And before the defendant showed up in court, clearly drunk, there was a choice to take that first drink, and the next, and…
10 Steps to a Great Day
Oct 2, 2019 • 8 min
In this episode of 5 Minute Thoughts I give you 10 ways you can turn your bad day into a good day. It starts when you get out of bed and you think, out loud perhaps, of all the great things you get to do versus you have to do. It’s all how you look at it.
Reactive Responses
Sep 27, 2019 • 27 min
As the villages in Illinois determine if recreational cannabis stores are permitted within their borders, will the opting out of recreational sales actually increase impaired driving? Folks, after all, are Folks.
Education or Legislation
Sep 25, 2019 • 8 min
Day after day, year after year the court is overflowing with DUI Misdemeanor cases and lawyers who earn a good living reaching a plea between two interested parties. The path to prevention is education. We have to start young, plant the seed, and watch it…
What’s The Root Cause of the Problem
Sep 20, 2019 • 28 min
Too often, in a world of hustle and bustle, we accept the answer from those in authority. Doctors, lawyers, business leaders, and politicians give us the answers and we can choose to accept that answer or we can dig a bit deeper and use our own grey…
The Smartest Person In the Room….
Sep 18, 2019 • 7 min
Positive Alternatives 5 Minute Thoughts - If you find yourself In a conference room full of corporate leaders or in a courtroom led by a Judge don’t ever sell yourself short. Regardless of the players, don’t under-estimate the skill, talent, and smarts…
The Lessons of Whiteclay
Sep 13, 2019 • 28 min
You can not talk about Whiteclay Nebraska without also including Pine Ridge Reservation. For decades 4 liquor stores in Whiteclay, a town of maybe 12 residents, sold 3.5 million cans of beer a year. Most of the beer was sold to the Oglala Sioux who lived…
News, News, News
Sep 11, 2019 • 7 min
Searching for an idea for the podcast can be as simple as opening the local newspaper (online of course) and sharing observations of man and his drugs.
He Walks Through The Door
Sep 6, 2019 • 92 min
In this episode we interview Andre Morgan, a Chicagoland Youth Sports legend. His legacy is foretold by his lineage of both grandparents and parents who showed him the right way to succeed is to trust your own ability to succeed. He truly lives the live…
Things to Do In Denver
Sep 4, 2019 • 12 min
On a recent trip to Denver I spent some time checking out the legal weed trade. Was the scene as scary as I had been told in all of my meetings? It was not long after driving on the residential streets of the Uptown area that the skunky smell of marijuana…
The T Shirt and The Judge
Aug 30, 2019 • 18 min
It’s probably the better choice to respect the court by respecting yourself first. The young man came before the judge freely expressing his opinion by displaying a derogatory comment on his t-shirt. The Judge is in charge of the courtroom and today the…
Clear The Clutter
Aug 28, 2019 • 6 min
Positive Alternative 5 Minute Thoughts - Change things up, go on vacation, center your thoughts, focus on the now. Whatever works for you to re-energize and get back at it. The world needs you at your best and your are just the person this world needs…
Here Comes College
Aug 23, 2019 • 15 min
Before I head out for a short vacation, I want to send out my annual comments about HS Seniors heading off to College. Life changes dramatically as the freedoms a young adult enjoys can to quickly become overwhelming. Parents have set the family…
Positive Passion
Aug 21, 2019 • 5 min
Positive Alternatives 5 Minute Thoughts - Enjoy the Life you deserve to love.Don’t wait for it to find you…Go Get It. A passionate approach to living a great life is a true Positive Alternative.
Two Strong Women
Aug 16, 2019 • 26 min
From great pain can come great love. In this episode we see how a mom who lost her beloved son to a drunk boater, reached out to a mom who lost the use of her legs to a drunk driver. It’s a lesson that gives hope and teaches one and all that love is the…
Tactical Texting Triumphs
Aug 14, 2019 • 6 min
Positive Alternatives 5 Minute Thoughts - What you say in response to a perceived slight tells more about you than in does about the other person. In this world of texting, be the cooler head.
Class Is In Session
Aug 9, 2019 • 22 min
It’s the time of year when I try to arrange school talks. The demand on schools time makes it hard for people like me to get some time in their schedule to talk to the teens about making good choices when it comes to alcohol and drugs. To be able to…
Riding With Friends
Aug 7, 2019 • 8 min
Positive Alternatives 5 Minute Thoughts - In this episode I talk with my good friend Rita Kreslin as we promote the 17th Annual Bikers Take AAIM fundraiser coming August 25th. It should be a great day and it’s for a great cause. What’s wrong with paying…
Danger on the Road
Aug 2, 2019 • 62 min
Jennifer Cifaldi, Illinois Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor, has worked long and hard to keep impaired drivers from endangering our families. With the recent legalization of marijuana in Illinois, Jen is working hard to make sure our officers are…
There Goes The Neighborhood
Jul 31, 2019 • 7 min
Positive Alternatives 5 Minute Thoughts - The Homeowners Association where I live ordered the basketball hoop to come down so down it came. What also came down is the kids outside playing and the energy in our neighborhood that their activity brought. We…
Listening In To The Council Debate
Jul 26, 2019 • 31 min
In this episode I share some of the actual comments I recorded from last week’s Naperville City Council discussion on whether or not to sell recreational marijuana in their city. The discussion was open to the public and open to any and all comments. Most…
The Court Call Is Not As Demanding
Jul 24, 2019 • 8 min
DUI Court is not as busy these days. I’ve noticed this trend for the past year. I am left to surmise that perhaps ride-sharing businesses are having an impact. A very positive impact. We all benefit from the safer highways and byways.
Normalized Hypocrisy
Jul 19, 2019 • 26 min
Outside my door and around the corner there are many, many places to buy alcohol. Grocery stores, gas stations, and numerous restaurants. Alcohol is entrenched in our psyche as normalized. On the discussion of whether or not to allow two businesses to…
Will They Buy What is Being Sold?
Jul 17, 2019 • 6 min
Positive Alternatives 5 Minute Thoughts - Don’t close your mind to opposing opinions. The tricky part of growing your position is when you don’t allow yourself to listen to people who just might have something to teach you. If you shut your mind to the…
Talking to The Brute
Jul 12, 2019 • 50 min
Former Professional Wrestler and Current Wrestling Manager, The Russian Brute (George Petraski) takes time to share some pro rasslin’ stories with this long time fan of the sport. The Russian Brute is also very giving in that he also spends valuable time…
Small Picture Thinking
Jul 10, 2019 • 6 min
Positive Alternatives 5 Minute Thoughts - Too many distractions can keep us from being focused on the bigger issues. Don’t “tilt at windmills” and miss the chance to work together and positively impact your world. Teens need adults clear headed thinking.
The Jacy Good Interview
Jul 5, 2019 • 42 min
In this episode we interview Jacy Good, founder of Hang Up and Drive, who shares her tragic and compelling story how she came to be a leading advocate for keeping our roads safe from distracted drivers. Jacy has appeared on Oprah Winfrey, has spoken at…
The Lines of Freedom
Jul 3, 2019 • 6 min
Positive Alternatives 5 Minute Thoughts - Freedom Of Choice is a key component of being a free country. It’s the lines we draw regarding the freedom of a particular issue, or choice, that creates tough discussions and, at times, conflict.
First Burn, Then Tan?
Jun 28, 2019 • 24 min
In this episode I take some time to share how past mistakes have impacted me at this later stage of life. Take it from me. Mistakes can come back to bite you in the back side. Pretty sure it will leave a bruise.
Grow With Care
Jun 26, 2019 • 6 min
In this episode of Positive Alternatives 5 Minute Thoughts, I relate how my fondness for gardening helps me to stop and think through my relationships with those young folks I seek to help.
The Rocket Doc Fuels The Pot Discussion
Jun 21, 2019 • 40 min
Our Interview with Dr. Charles “Chuck” Nozicka, Division Director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Advocate Children’s Hospital. We go deep diving into the upcoming challenges teens will face with the state by state legalization of marijuana. The good…
14 Years Later - A Time to Reflect
Jun 19, 2019 • 7 min
In this Positive Alternative 5 Minute Thoughts I share some thoughts about the very successful Jonathan Petit Collaborative Community Sticker Shock Campaign and wrap things up with some of the good and the not so good relationship with the local media.
The Mom Who Fights Back
Jun 14, 2019 • 52 min
Our Interview with Amy Voss, a Buffalo Grove Illinois mom who knows what it is to get knocked down but not out. After her son, Jared, lost a long battle to addiction Amy decided no more. It is a hard battle for this Graceful Warrior but she is a…
2019 Collaborative Community Sticker Shock Campaign
Jun 12, 2019 • 5 min
Eight Drug Free Coalitions, 5 Chicago Area Counties, and One Cause. Working together to remind Parents during the always problematic Graduation Party Season that Adult Supervised Underage Drinking is Not Safe Underage Drinking.
The Fun Is In The Build
Jun 7, 2019 • 22 min
Year number two of a growing and important endeavor, a statewide Sticker Shock Campaign. Has it been done before? Yes. But it did not sustain. It’s always the sustain of the process that is the big roadblock to continued success. This Dad is on the prowl.
Taken Into Custody
Jun 5, 2019 • 6 min
Too often we repeat the name of the offender, I choose not to with “this guy”. After violating terms of his probation his bond was increased and he is back in jail trying to figure out his next steps.
Kids At Play
May 31, 2019 • 23 min
I love it when the kids get outside and play. Technology has changed behavior in ways both good and bad but the sounds of playing are sounds that make me smile.
Experience is an Earned Asset
May 29, 2019 • 6 min
As you get older and wiser (hopefully), use that knowledge to teach your children what you have learned. It’s your greatest of all gifts you can pass on.
Toughen Up Buttercup
May 24, 2019 • 29 min
Sometimes the better option is not only simply to be grateful, but to have the higher focus. The higher focus is not only looking on your own problems, but on how you can positively impact the lives of others. Don’t just preach it, get up, get out and…
How Did It Get Away From Us
May 22, 2019 • 7 min
The devastation of normalizing alcohol use worldwide is a mistake we need to walk back. Sometimes when you hear a number, a piece of data, you turn your head and your eyes widen. One death every 10 seconds on this planet linked to alcohol? How did we get…
Interview with Matt Matkovich and Phil Januszewski - M&P Presentations
May 17, 2019 • 52 min
Our interview with Matt Matkovich and Phil Januszewski , of M&P Presentations, who work together energizing their audiences with a message of being cool in your own skin and living the life you deserve to love. They are educators by day and motivational…
Expand Your Focus
May 15, 2019 • 7 min
Anti-Marijuana groups are lining up to battle commercialized cannabis in Illinois. Is the focus on Marijuana taking away from a bigger problem?
Interview with Reality Teens and How They Helped Impact Change
May 10, 2019 • 42 min
Our Interview with Reality, a focused group of teens from DuPage County, who share some background on how they worked together to impact legislators, both local and at the state level, in order to improve the health of all of the people in Illinois. The…
This Work We Do
May 8, 2019 • 6 min
Thinking out loud in this episode about speaking at High Schools to teens during this challenging Prom Season, and also about the interview coming out Friday where a young person delivers a message from her Mom that darn near brought me to tears.
You Just Get Up and Do It Again
May 3, 2019 • 20 min
It’s not easy to stay on point and make the change for the better. You have to be mentally strong to not fall back into dubious habits.
It’s A Good Kind Of Tired
May 1, 2019 • 6 min
May is Prom Season and that means we will be speaking to a lot of great teens at a lot of great Chicago area High Schools. Toss in some pretty terrific podcast interviews and it looks like we will pretty darn busy.
Let Me Tell Ya’ About the Ups and Downs
Apr 26, 2019 • 23 min
This past week has been painful, joyous, draining, and uplifting. Kind of a microcosm of this mixed up thing we call life. If you listen closely you’ll hear next week calling.
Set The Course for an Alcohol Free Teen Lifestyle
Apr 24, 2019 • 6 min
April is Alcohol Awareness Month. Don’t sit back and wish it would get better. Get up, get out there, and make it better! The future is in your hands.
You Are Not An Island, My Friend
Apr 19, 2019 • 23 min
Too often we find ourselves focused so much on our own cause we fail to see the strength we can gain when we cross-pollinate with similar causes. Working and supporting one another will lead to the results we are seeking.
Learning Through Disagreement
Apr 17, 2019 • 5 min
Following a recent speech, a man came up to me and stressed how he felt what happened when we lost our son was simply an accident and the mother who held the party was not responsible for the tragic outcome. He told me that these type of accidents, while…
Interview with Jerria Martin, She Loves Her City
Apr 12, 2019 • 41 min
A special interview with my new pal, Jerria Martin. She had many choices when she graduated from college and she chose her hometown Selma, Alabama as the place she would make her stand. She is a leader, a mentor, and a lover of her fellow man. The world…
The More Things Change
Apr 10, 2019 • 6 min
April is Alcohol Awareness Month and we take minute or two to remind Mom and Dad that they have to set the table for family guidelines when it comes to teens and underage drinking. With the one year mark in our rear view mirror, we added a new logo. It’s…
Interview with Tim Ryan
Apr 5, 2019 • 31 min
In this episode we interview internationally known public speaker, Tim Ryan. Tim had a circuitous path to where he is today including being a former addict, convicted felon, entrepreneur, family man, and visionary. His story is raw, it is straightforward,…
Ensure Safe Prom Memories - Have the Talk
Apr 3, 2019 • 5 min
Establishing family expectations and setting positive examples regarding alcohol and drugs in your home is the best tool a parent can have to deter their teen from poor choices.
Interview with Dr. Aaron Weiner
Mar 29, 2019 • 66 min
Our Interview with Dr. Aaron Weiner. Does the song remain the same? Will the commercialization of marijuana lead to roads less safe, teens more likely to use the drug, and long term health problems? Or will we simply benefit from the tax dollars, an…
Reversing Course?
Mar 27, 2019 • 6 min
Despite having single party control in their state, the proponents of legalized marijuana in New Jersey suffered a stunning setback.
The Children’s Author
Mar 22, 2019 • 60 min
In this episode we interview Tony LiFonti coach and author. We take a turn away from our typical topics and share the story of a good guy doing great things. Tony openly shares his story of proud he is to work as part of a successful team as well as…
Don’t Confuse Me
Mar 20, 2019 • 8 min
The business of marijuana commercialization, and the communication of the impending legislation, can be a bit confusing for our teens. I know I sure am confused by the mixed messages.
A Step Forward
Mar 15, 2019 • 26 min
I am pleased that both the House and the Senate have passed Tobacco 21 legislation. I am hopeful it will be signed in to law. The long term health benefits will far outweigh the short term dollars. Good on you Illinois! Different point of view can work…
Maintain Balance In Your Busy Life
Mar 13, 2019 • 6 min
Today’s message is simple. Take care of your own well-being so you are able to continue the good work you do. It is impossible to do anybody any good if you do not take care of yourself as well. It’s a beautiful day to take a walk, ride a bike, or go for…
Reflections on Graduate Coalition Academy Training
Mar 8, 2019 • 20 min
Our CADCA training this past week in Alexandria, VA., allowed for us to meet with some outstanding Drug Free Coalition members from across the country. Sometimes it’s just best to sit back, listen, and soak in the positive vibes!
In Tune and Digging It
Mar 6, 2019 • 8 min
Sitting in my hotel room, attending coalition training, reflecting on the burden of the fame of others and watching the night planes land over our nation’s capital. It all fits together pretty nicely.
Bad Things Happen to Good People
Mar 1, 2019 • 27 min
The 51-year old man was arrested shortly after he struck and killed a beautiful young girl as she was walking near her high school in Downers Grove, Il. He was found to have been high on Crack cocaine after the 10:55 AM “accident”. But, can you honestly…
Me, You, and We
Feb 27, 2019 • 7 min
In this Positive Alternative 5 Minute Thoughts episode we ask you to forget your past and any mistakes you may have made. Focus on the future. The world needs helping hands. You just might be the right person for the job. Empowering folks need to apply!
Turn The Good Choices Into A Good Life
Feb 22, 2019 • 30 min
The primary focus of the podcast is on the teens. That, of course, includes the adults who influence teen behavior. We have driven many miles and have spoken to thousands of young people about the power of good choices. Keep repeating the good choices and…