Remember December 7th: How Roosevelt Used Grammar to Guarantee a Declaration of War

Remember December 7th: How Roosevelt Used Grammar to Guarantee a Declaration of War
Sunday, December 7, 1941. 7:48 a.m. Pacific Time. Torpedo planes manned by kamikaze pilots from Japan’s Imperial Navy looped the Hawaiian Islands and descended on the US Fleet at Pearl Harbor in a full scale attack. Two hours later, more than 350 fighters, bombers and torpedo planes emblazoned with the red circle of Japan’s Rising... Read more »

Nothing Good Happens in a Basement...of the Dead

Nothing Good Happens in a Basement...of the Dead
I have weird friends. Friends who begged, cajoled, threatened and mocked me about accompanying them to a haunted house (despite my abject horror of…well, horror), When they started offering up bribes, though, I gave up the ghost. I agreed to go with them, knowing I might never sleep again. On the date we chose for our... Read more »

My Mom Is a Liar

My Mom Is a Liar
  My mother lied to me. She lied about a bunch of stuff, which apparently was for my own good because her lies kept me safe, healthy, and most of all, they kept me alive. Face it, except for Mother Teresa, most mothers lie. I imagine my Mom burning the midnight oil and memorizing facts... Read more »
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Cheezeborger! Cheezeborger!

Cheezeborger! Cheezeborger!
I’m not a native Chicagoan. I am a transplant from the great state of Ohio. A Buckeye who is proud to have lived a few blocks from The Ohio State University (emphasis on “the,” please), and who bleeds scarlet and gray. And I am a die-hard Cincinnati Reds fan. But for the sake of self-preservation,... Read more »

A Quiet Beach Vacation…During Shark Week

A Quiet Beach Vacation…During Shark Week
If I could be anywhere in the world it would be on an all-expenses-paid spa vacation with unlimited massages, manis, and margaritas. But in favor of a more realistic location (that I can afford on my meager writer’s income), I’d head to the beach. There’s just one catch when it comes to beaches. SHARKS! So... Read more »

Bombs Bursting in Air

Bombs Bursting in Air
I grew up in a small town in southeastern Ohio—the part of the political swing state where there are rolling hills and gentle valleys. Where we not only didn’t lock our doors, no one was sure where the keys to the house were. The 4thof July was a family friendly big deal with a small... Read more »
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I Love You, Dad, But About Those Cooked Carrots

I Love You, Dad, But About Those Cooked Carrots
It must be an unwritten law that Fathers Day cards start showing up on shelves after 5:01 p.m. on Mother’s Day. They are on display everywhere—even at the gas station. (They’re on the counter right next to the jerky and energy shots.) But I no longer pay much attention because I no longer buy the... Read more »

Decades after D-Day: Standing with the Enemy

Decades after D-Day: Standing with the Enemy
It’s 60 miles of breathtaking beachfront property. The nearest island is 200 miles away, but on a clear day, you can almost make out the shoreline. It would be the perfect site for a medieval castle or a sprawling French chateau or two. Yet it’s unspoiled land. Grassy cliffs overlooking sandy beaches and the sparkling... Read more »

Make Doughnuts Not War

Make Doughnuts Not War
When America joined the war in Europe in 1917, the Salvation Army sent troops to the front lines—most of them volunteers. Some of them were women, nicknamed Sallies because they were from the SALvation Army. Sallies helped the soldiers write letters to loved ones back on the home front, mended clothes, played games, and engaged... Read more »
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Who Will Eat Baked Beans on My Gravesite?

Who Will Eat Baked Beans on My Gravesite?
On Memorial Day, my family always knew exactly what we’d be doing. Mom packed up traditional picnic fare—fried chicken, baked beans, chips, potato salad (with hard-boiled eggs), and brownies. and we went on a picnic. Fried chicken, baked beans, chips, potato salad (with hard-boiled eggs), and, of course rich, chewy brownies. The mandatory foods for... Read more »