Archive for June 2013

DePaul Stadium at McCormick Place; South Loop Neighbors Say NO

At 6:30 PM on June 27th, 2013 a gathering of small town America happened in a Chicago neighborhood known as Prairie District. Hosted by the PDNA (Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance) and led by their leader Tina Feldstein, the gathering was held in the sanctuary of Second Presbyterian Church (1936 S. Michigan Avenue); a landmark Gothic revival... Read more »

Paula Deen, The South & Hypocrisy

Paula Deen, Queen of Southern Fried. According to one southern cousin, it’s a witch hunt against Ms. Deen though personally I have not seen anything about barbecuing her on an open fire. I get it. I was raised by South Georgia mother whose culinary specialties included Crisco-crust homemade pies, Southern fried chicken and her ever... Read more »

The Sensuous Sensation of Paper; Newberry Library Book Sale

I’m a cheap date. Just give me a good book, my glasses and enough time like Burgess Meredith in the Twilight Zone episode pleaded for, and I’m a happy camper. So what joy it was to learn the Newberry Library Book Fair is coming up soon; on July 28-31 at the Newberry Library located at... Read more »
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Vegetarian Rental--the latest in PC NYC

Now I’ve seen it all. Looking for a rental in NYC, one popped up that looked of interest. That is, until I came to the line saying it was “no smoking and vegetarian only.” The rental is vegetarian? Really? You’re renting a property to the public and limiting it to vegetarians only? What if we... Read more »

Top 10 Reasons Against DePaul's Stadium in South Loop

As for my TEN top reasons in opposition of the proposed DePaul stadium in the South Loop, let me count the ways. Number 1:  It makes no sense financially. This according to that maven knowledge of the juxtaposition of sports and money, ESPN. Number 2:  The majority of the neighbors are opposed to it. Number 3:  DePaul students... 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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