John Roach

Roach: Stars and stripes

This Fourth of July was different. I had been mulling over the notion of adding another banner to accompany the Stars and Stripes to add context to Old Glory.

This Fourth of July was different. I had been mulling over the notion of adding another banner to accompany the Stars and Stripes to add context to Old Glory.

Roach: Remote possibility

As we emerge from quarantine, squint at the sun and begin to gather in groups giddy with reclaimed freedom — and return, at least partially, to the office — it is worth pondering how we have changed.

As we emerge from quarantine, squint at the sun and begin to gather in groups giddy with reclaimed freedom — and return, at least partially, to the office — it is worth pondering how we have changed.

Roach: Better Man

The world has been dormant for a year. Life as we knew it has been on hold since last March. But in the midst of this latency period, someone has been working. And his name is Kaleem Caire.

The world has been dormant for a year. Life as we knew it has been on hold since last March. But in the midst of this latency period, someone has been working. And his name is Kaleem Caire.

Roach: The boomers are coming

Although COVID-19 and its variants have not been extinguished from our lives, we can now see a time when the vicious interloper will no longer be hovering over our shoulder.

Although COVID-19 and its variants have not been extinguished from our lives, we can now see a time when the vicious interloper will no longer be hovering over our shoulder.

Roach: A drawer full of masks

If all goes well, there will come a day when we finally tuck our masks away.

Late this morning, the bride and I will hop into the car and drive to Walgreens in Illinois where we will get our first COVID-19 vaccine shot.

Roach: Knock it off!

'Assuming there are no further coup attempts, a new chapter for America has begun.'

Assuming there are no further coup attempts, a new chapter for America has begun.

Roach: Shot in the dark

'Wow. Almost didn’t get this column written because I was sick this past month.'

Wow. Almost didn’t get this column written because I was sick this past month.

Roach: Winter is coming

We are entering a Wisconsin winter that promises to be unlike any we have ever experienced

For most of us, COVID-19 arrived last March. We hoped its visit would be brief. But instead it has moved in with us, taking no hint that it has long outlasted its welcome.

Roach: The morning after

We face a divisive election that will determine the course of our nation for the next four years.

As a person who has lived more years than most, I can not remember a weirder time in America.

Roach: I want to be bored silly

After much thinking, musing and pondering, I have come to the realization that I want just one thing from our next commander in chief: I want to be bored.

Well, it’s nearly time to vote. And there’s no better time to decide what I want from our next president over the next four years.

Roach: Dumb and Dumber

"I wonder daily when and how we became so profoundly stupid."

"I wonder daily when and how we became so profoundly stupid."

Roach: Shelter from the storm

In times of turmoil, it is difficult to see the full story. But then it hits you: The chaos is the story.

In times of turmoil, it is difficult to see the full story. But then it hits you: The chaos is the story.

Roach: That word

Lately, Madison has had some issues with the N-word.

Lately, Madison has had some issues with the N-word.

Roach: The switch to remote Fridays

A few weeks ago, we made a modest change in our business

A few weeks ago, we made a modest change in the way our little creative shop does business.

Roach: The men of the ice

The following email was sent last November to a select group of Chicago men.

The following email was sent last November to a select group of Chicago men.

Roach: Heavenly peace

My understanding of Christmas has morphed.

As chronicled previously in this space, my relationship with Christmas is uneasy. 

Roach: Fly away home

Madison is being considered as a base for the F-35

There is change coming to America’s military capabilities.

Roach: Animal instinct

It's been a couple of years since we surrendered our family pooch, a border collie mix named Philip Seymour Dog, aka Philly.

John Roach's parting words to Nails' Tales

Donald Lipski's Nails' Tales is going away

They have taken action. After guarding the western gateway to the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus and Camp Randall for 14 years, Nails' Tales is going away. The powers that be have decided to remove Donald Lipski's statue after its gig overlooking Badger football Saturdays.