Archive for January 2014

Godzilla, my first boyfriend

This post is part of the monthly Blogapalooza on ChicagoNow, in which we are given one hour to write about a topic. This month’s topic is– Write about a character or scene in a movie or book that affected you in some way.   I cannot explain what it is about  Godzilla that I love... Read more »

100 words for snow

It occurs to me we need to expand our winter weather vocabulary. Meteorologists are beginning to repeat themselves. Snow and cold, Snow and cold.  They have this awkward  look of bearers of bad news. We, too, are becoming dispirited, at a loss for words. Citizens of Chiberia!  It’s been  tough, this year. Maybe the worst winter... Read more »

Big snow flashback--the blizzard of 1967

Big snow flashback--the blizzard of 1967
Hello, Chicago!  Today, more  snow, and subzero.  Latest totals are 29.5 inches at O’Hare for January. That’s more  than January 1967 or 1999! The blizzard of 1967 is still  the largest single snow event  in Chicago history. It was the Big Snow. During  35 hours on January  26-27, a total of  23 inches of snow... Read more »
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Winter rescue, color therapy

Winter rescue, color therapy
A little over a week ago, Chiberia was melting like a memory, or a nightmare of freezing rain.  Today, there’s softly falling snow, possibly 2 or 3 inches.  It’s lovely, airy stuff. Winter has many beauties, yes—but  it’s been  wintery  since  November, and it’s not even February, yet….. Maybe we need  some color therapy? Well,... Read more »

When the sidewalks flooded, and the roads froze

A couple of days ago, I wrote a  sci-fi take on a genuine news story.  I had just figured out how to embed pictures in posts and it was a fun exercise.        What a  thrill and an honor to see this post on the Digital Trib!  There it was, alongside breaking news stories and... Read more »

Polar Vortex stops alien invasion of CHIBERIA (maybe)

Polar Vortex stops alien invasion of CHIBERIA (maybe)
While the digital elite  shivered over their laptops and updated their status on social media, the polar vortex brought temperatures of -16 and -40 wind chills to the bundled masses  at the bus stops and el platforms of CHIBERIA. Meanwhile, a battle was going on  in the tree-lined, snow-covered streets. The polar vortex may have... Read more »
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CHIBERIA--this is why we live here

CHIBERIA--this is why we live here
Days like this, when it’s colder than Siberia,  colder than Antarctica, we may ask ourselves, why do I live here?  Days like this ARE why we live here.  Life is clear, pure, essential–shelter, food, heat, light, color, wind, water. Frivolous things are stripped away. This is the closest any of us will come to  life... Read more »

Subzero Style and Safety Tips

Over the next few days, Chicago  may experience the coldest temperatures in over 30 years!   We’re talking 40-50 below-zero wind chill–that’s COLD!!  But, there’s no reason to panic, hibernate or flee to a beach in the Bahamas (besides, the flights have been cancelled).  If you must go out, here’s advice  from  someone who has... Read more »

Snow Falling All Day

Happy New Year! Snow falling all day, and the world  is transformed, new. It is a world without steps and sidewalks. A world without roads.  Safe journeys, travelers! No one has plowed or shoveled, yet. Accuweather reports snow transitioning in the evening to lake-effect snow for Cook and Lake Counties–6”-10″  total accumulations. My unofficial snow... Read more »
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