Category: history

"Neither snow nor rain..."

"Neither snow nor rain..."
You may know this as the motto  of the United Sates Postal Service–“neither snow nor rain nor gloom of night shall stay these couriers from their appointed rounds…” While this is not the official motto of the Post Office, according to Mental Floss, it is still true that  this is the mission of the USPS. Postal... Read more »

Re-Opening along Roosevelt Road

We’re  in Phase 4 of reopening, now, and there’s more  traffic along Roosevelt Road. A long way from everything being shut down,  except for essential things– like  mail service, auto mechanics, gas stations, grocery stores and drugstores. The Turano Bakery along Roosevelt Road kept working, bread trucks traveling east and west, making deliveries. At the height of the... Read more »

sweet summer days

Summer days and summer music, funny  how memory works sometimes. There was a song in my head, or a fragment of a song–sweet summer days, sweet summer days–but I could not remember the rest of the song or who had done it. Yes, there  is a song “Sweet Summer Days”  and it’s a very good song,... Read more »
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Happy Birthday, Alan Turing---June 23, 1912

Happy Birthday, Alan Turing---June 23, 1912
June 23 is the birthday of Alan Turing–one of the greatest minds of the 20th century.  A mathematical and computer genius,  he  saved countless lives in World War  II  by breaking the Nazi Enigma Code. His work paved the way to modern weather modeling, and even the computers and smartphones we use today. Sadly, he was... Read more »

Sunshowers, or the Tiger's Wedding

Sunshowers, or the Tiger's Wedding
The remnants of Tropical Depression Christobal produced a brief period of torrential, almost horizontal,  wind-driven rain! It was like that painting by Rousseau—the one with the tiger in the tropical storm. Then, the clouds parted, and sun was shining through the rain,  sunlight on the dripping leaves and grasses  Sun and rain is an almost otherworldly combination.... Read more »

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 »
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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 »

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 »
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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 »