Archive for October 2013

CTA and Ventra Crap on Chicago's Mass Transit Riders

As Chicago goes spiraling down the rabbit hole into the nightmare “new and improved” Ventra; it feels like CTA and Ventra crap on Chicago’s mass transit riders. What sort of pigeon-brained idiot thought this was a good idea? Does the expression “if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it” not resonate with those in suits or... Read more »

Our Beloved Rescue Dog Died; But Not Rin Tin Tin

After our only-child/dog Whoopi died, we didn’t “replace” her with another rescue dog. How could we? She was a one-of-a-kind; as irreplaceable as an original Picasso. So imagine a time, only a few years ago, when one rescue dog grabbed the hearts and admiration of a nation, for that is the time beautifully detailed in... Read more »

The World Series of Cities; NYC versus Chicago

What if there were a World Series of Cities? Given America’s provincial focus, would it pit two American cities like NYC versus Chicago? Having just returned from a 9-day visit to New York City during which we rented a flat near Times Square through the still reliable airbnb.com,  I couldn’t help but to compare my two homes.... 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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