Posts in category "human interest"

Reflections on 28 years of marriage

Reflections on 28 years of marriage
Today, July 21, Chuck and I are celebrating 28 years of wedded bliss. And I know this seems like a cliche, but I can truly only remember one argument we’ve ever had and that was very early in our marriage. I threw Chuck a surprise birthday party not knowing how much this sort of thing... Read more »

A loving tribute to Mickey Jordan, our little pet shop dog

Mickey in a photo from "The Chicago Pet Project" book that raised funds for The Puppy Mill Project. (Photo by Karen Morgan).
When God created Mickey, he broke the mold. Our little boy passed away too soon on January 14, 2017. We found him in a pet shop on Wells St. And, even though we now know the cruelty of puppy mills, he was a pure treasure and we felt lucky to have found him. A golden... Read more »

Memories of a childhood Christmas: An aluminum tree, baking cookies and Jim Crow Laws

Memories of a childhood Christmas: An aluminum tree, baking cookies and Jim Crow Laws
I remember most Christmases past like they happened yesterday. As an only child of divorced parents, I was used to splitting my time between different households, each very different. My dad’s humble little house was located in East St. Louis, Ill. (when the now beleaguered city was actually chic and a popular entertainment hub). I... Read more »
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Finding the spirit of Christmas is a little harder this year

Christmas 2015
I am the poster child for Christmas, period. I know there’s a lot of holiday geeks out there, but I feel like I’m right at the top of the tree. I’ve even been known to dress like a Christmas tree for holiday gatherings so you can see there’s no limit to my enthusiasm. I have... Read more »

Post Thanksgiving Day blues

Post Thanksgiving Day blues
It just doesn’t seem fair. So many cooks spent so much time preparing Thanksgiving Day meals and it’s all gone in one fell swoop. I wish we could have the 12 Days of Thanksgiving like we do for Christmas. On one day, we could eat just stuffing and on another day, only pies, leading up... Read more »

Chicago Cubs are memory-makers for generations of fans

Chicago Cubs are memory-makers for generations of fans
I love all the sweet stories I’m hearing about generations of Chicago Cubs fans. I covered an NBC Red Carpet event last night and even hottie Taylor Kinney (Chicago Fire, Gaga-ex) mentioned a friend of his whose dad had passed and who plans to drape a Cubs jersey over his tombstone if (when) they win.... Read more »
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A small town reunion with a big heart

Dupo Community High School, home of the Dupo Tigers!
I went back home to Dupo, Illinois, for my first class reunion this weekend. This small railroad town, population 3000, sits near the banks of the Mississippi River and is within spitting distance from St. Louis (home of the dreaded Cardinals). The get-together was dubbed the “No-Class Reunion” since event organizers wanted to include ALL... Read more »

Musings on Father's Day weekend about my "other" dad

With Mary and Jim Johnson in East Carondelet, Illinois.
Last year, I wrote about my dad, Richard John Collins, for Father’s Day but, this year, I’m going to write about a father figure who played a very important role in my life. James Vernon Johnson was born in 1904 and told me his family was descended from slaves. He used to tell me about... Read more »

Missing my mom on Mother's Day, as always

Missing my mom on Mother's Day, as always
I’m thinking of my mom, Elsa Mae Stott, on this Mother’s Day as I do on most days. She passed away suddenly on February 10, 2010. She died while polishing her nails before a return trip to Chicago where she lived with Chuck and me. I know I was lucky to have her for as... Read more »
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Why I love old stuff

Antique vignette with Mickey passing through.
Every once in a while, Chicago Now community manager and all-around nice guy (suck-up points here) Jimmy Greenfield, gives his 300+ bloggers a writing exercise. The topic this time around was “Write about something you find beautiful that you feel others may not understand.” Well, this is an easy one for me because I collect... Read more »