Why does the Chicago Tribune force me to cancel my subscription?

Old-school as we are, we have hard copy newspaper subscriptions to both the Chicago Tribune and the New York Times. Everyday PLONK goes the satisfying sound of news in glorious black & white. And anyhow how the hell do two people read different news on one iPad? It’s clearly a family thing. Our son reads newspapers... Read more »

Summertime doldrums? Get thee to The Hypocrites "All Our Tragic"

Nothing on your $80-a-month Comcast cable or DirecTV dish? Hate the book you’re reading? Okay that was a joke. Reading? Finally sobered up to the vapid waste of hitting buttons on an electronic gizmo just because you’re bored? So get yourself to Chicago’s very own The Hypocrites All Our Tragic. But, won’t it be…ah, depressing? As... Read more »

Ode to the Plastic Shopping Bag

Chicago’s very own Grant Park Music Festival appears to have a new member of the percussion section. The man in the paid seats–and it has always been a man recently–who gripped his plastic shopping bag in his lap continually rearranging it. Throughout the concert he opened and shut it, scrunching and scratching the crackling noisy... Read more »

Boycott SEX with Hobby Lobby and those who oppose women's contraception

As the Hobby Lobby case pointed out, sex is too important to left to the jerking old hands of men on the Supreme Court. So:         Be it resolved that given 98% of women have used contraception, women get up to say aloud and proudly, NO more SEX with any male who... Read more »

The Church of the Immaculate Contraception, Hobby Lobby & The Supreme Court

Stupid is as stupid talks. There goes yet another “prince” of the church (purposely not capitalized given there are so very many princes and so many churches, truly.) “Is the ability to buy contraceptives, that are now widely available — my Lord, all you have to do is walk into a 7-11 or any shop... Read more »

The Best of Chicago Theatre; Sting New Musical "The Last Ship" Explodes to Life

Last night Chicago had the opportunity to see a spanking-brand new musical explode into being when the testosterone-fueled The Last Ship began previews. With music and lyrics by Sting, a book by John Logan and Brian Yorkey–the still-in-preview show has damn fine bones. Musically Sting sampled a variety of musical styles, creating a body of work that had... Read more »

Skeptical of China--or how does international business survive fake products?

And in a world of zombie-like Botox-frozen faces who walk among us; what is fake? My first experience with fake products was with the watch sellers of Asuncion, Paraguay. Psst, psst they’d sputter to passer-byes. “You want a designer watch? Omega? Rolex?” and with a flash of the hand they’d magically change the face of... Read more »

Redford, Aging and the Life Well Lived

Seeing the naturally aging face of Robert Redford stare out from the cover of the Sunday New York Times magazine, I consider the temporality of life. And the reality of aging; something I am forced to do every day of my life. Who is that old lady that looks surprisingly like my dead mother? That... Read more »

Why Choose to live in Chicago?

Why the hell would anyone choose to live in Chicago? Why indeed. In 2004 we came to Chicago for a job, the Husband’s job. Though the job was in Oak Brook, Illinois, he agreed to do a reverse commute to allow us to live in the city. Better options for things to do. When less... Read more »

Six Reasons the Sochi Olympic 2014 PROBLEMS Give UK 2012 Olympics PLATINUM

So over Sochi already with all its problems, and these are my half dozen reasons why (so far). 1. First, things were done on time in the UK. Yes, even the paint was (apparently) dry! Unlike Sochi with the reported “are you kidding” stories about lack of water, floors and yes, roofs, in the UK... Read more »
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    I was an accidental expatriate; love and marriage led me to it. One day I was a bandy-legged kid sitting atop my dogwood tree looking out of my small backyard world in 1950s New Jersey, wanting to move somewhere--anywhere, different. Next thing I knew my father had accepted a job in Houston TX. I was ecstatic, it was a foreign land in 1961 America. After high school graduation, my parents’ gave me a matched set of fawn-colored hardsided American Tourister luggage. Taking the hint, I went to college; well four colleges in five years--it was the 60s after all. Meeting a young hirsute anti-war, soon-to-be-Peace Corps volunteer, I fell in love. After finishing up college coursework for my degree, but before I even walking a graduation stage, I grabbed the paper airline ticket my boyfriend had sent me, my brand-new passport, and was off to the airport and Lima, Peru.

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