Tag: Skiing

You can't outrun a mother's curse: Tales from the ER

You can't outrun a mother's curse: Tales from the ER
Yesterday’s piece, “You can’t outrun a mother’s curse, you’ll only break your neck if you try” started with my first experience on skis and ended with my last (so far). I’ll be back on the snow, but medical advice is saying later rather than sooner. So there I was, barely able to move and heading... Read more »

You can't outrun a mother's curse, you'll only break your neck if you try

You can't outrun a mother's curse, you'll only break your neck if you try
My parents lived a mostly sedentary life, which was not atypical for their generation. There’s no great explorers or adventurers in our family tree. I was the “daredevil” of the family, but remember that the bar was set pretty low. Still, I liked to push boundaries a little, tempting fate where practical.  As a bonus,... Read more »

So Many Cringeworthy Moments, So Little Time

So Many Cringeworthy Moments, So Little Time
The last Wednesday of each month is usually designated for Blogapalooz, a writing exercise that gives ChicagoNow bloggers an hour to write about a topic provided at 9:00 PM. Today, however I got the following, unexpected email from editor, Jimmy Greenfield: “Welcome to ChicagoNow’s first-ever Surprise-a-palooza! Your challenge, if you choose to accept it, is... Read more »
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Rocky Mountain High - Music and lyrics by John Denver

Rocky Mountain High - Music and lyrics by John Denver
It’s 8:00 PM here in Vail, Colorado and I just got the following email from the owner/operator of ChicagoNow.com: “Hey all, Welcome to ChicagoNow’s Blogapalooz-Hour! Your challenge, if you choose to accept it, is to publish a post in one hour. Here is tonight’s challenge: ‘Write about something you find beautiful that you feel others... Read more »

Jack of all trades, rockstar in my own mind

Jack of all trades, rockstar in my own mind
Tonight’s assignment, sent to us at 9:00 PM CDT is to write a blog on the following subject and publish it exactly at 10:00 PM: “Without trying to be humble, write about something you’re really good at.” I spent the first five minutes staring at it, trying to decide if that “at” is a dangling... Read more »