Two Chicago Icons Threatened by Recent Rain

Two Chicago Icons Threatened by  Recent Rain
What do Star Trek and Mies Van der Rohe have in common?  Record rain and flooding. Heavy rains and flooding over the weekend threatened two iconic buildings in the Chicago area –the Farnsworth House along the Fox River in Plano Illinois, and the Sears/Willis  Tower  in downtown Chicago. The Farnsworth House is a masterpiece of modernist... Read more »

This day in history

This day in history
In the future, when this day is history, what will future historians say about us, how we live now?  There will be archives, daily news of  life and deaths in these pandemic and dystopian times. There are so many heartbreaking stories. Here is one from the Chicago Tribune today. People are also keeping personal diaries and notebooks.  There are... Read more »

Is it time for a Green New Deal?

Is it time for a Green New Deal?
April  22, Earth Day–it’s been 50 years,  and the earth, the environment is still  a cause worth fighting for.  In the midst of a pandemic, some things are very clear— vulnerable people are most affected fossil fuels are not the future The way we have been living has contributed to income inequality, wars, refugees, deforestation, mountains of plastic,... Read more »
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Super Spring Moon

Super Spring Moon
Signs of spring are everywhere now, and the moon grows fat and full.  Tuesday, April 7 will be a full moon, the first full moon after the vernal equinox. The full moon on Tuesday night is also called the Pink Moon, the Sprouting Grass Moon, Egg Moon, Fish Moon, the Passover Moon, Paschal Moon, Hanuman Jayanti, and Bak... Read more »

Spring and All That Is

Spring and All That Is
Saturday, March 21— Spring again, just past the vernal equinox. The sky is soft and gray. Crocuses are blooming.  The pussy willows are opening, the same color as the sky. This morning, I went to get milk at the Walgreens at Roosevelt and Ridgeland in south Oak Park. There was a big delivery truck full of... Read more »

Every time we wash our hands

Every time we wash our hands
There is  a new kind of March Madness. These are pandemic and uncertain times.  We are washing our hands obsessively now, and I’m trying not to touch my face. The subways have never been so clean. But amid empty stadiums, school closings, events cancelled or postponed, the madness of toilet paper hoarding, and no peanut butter or... Read more »
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Winter of Uncertainty

Winter of Uncertainty
What a long winter it’s been, and an extra day in February, too.  Happy Leap Day! Meteorological Spring begins March 1. And there are already early signs of seasons changing–2 hours more daylight since the winter solstice on December 21. There have been some robin sightings. And the pussy willows are just starting to open. Yes,... Read more »

Snow Moon Sunday

Snow Moon Sunday
As I write this, the sky is the color of snow, and snow is falling, big fat flakes.  Forecast is clouds and snow in Chicago, so we probably won’t see the full moon tonight . The full moon on Sunday February 9 is called the Snow moon, Hunger Moon, Bone Moon or Storm Moon. One... Read more »

Why I Celebrate Groundhog Day

Why I Celebrate Groundhog Day
January, 2020–Wildfires, pandemics, impeachment hearings–it’s hard to be optimistic these days. But the latest snow event didn’t turn into a three-day blizzard. And so far, no deep freeze and polar vortex, like last year. If the sidewalks are still treacherous with  ice, it’s not as bad as it could be. January can be tough.  The coldest temperatures... Read more »
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Winter Forecast 2020

Winter Forecast 2020
Happy New Year!  The days are getting longer–over 8 minutes more daylight since the winter solstice on December 21. Now comes  the real reality of winter in Chicago —the snow and cold and bills–the layering and shoveling. Will we face another arctic blast of the polar vortex this year?  A blizzard like the GroundHog Day blizzard of... Read more »