Ten Blogs I Didn't Write-Would Number 8 Have Been A Winner?

There haven’t been any new blogs from me for a week or so. It is not that I haven’t been thinking about my ChicagoNow readers, I just haven’t found a topic that has inspired the necessary 500 words. I suppose it is a form of writer’s block, but as long as writing is not my... Read more »

Veggie Chips vs Garrett's Popcorn: Which Would You Choose?

Ruminations at 6:00 a.m. this morning. “Let’s see, it looks like someone brought a big bag of treats into the lunchroom for us bleary-eyed coworkers. From the size and shape of the package, it looks like about a month’s supply of some crunchy snack from Costco. The package has drawings and cartoons, so that’s a... Read more »

Did 48 Years Worth of Suckers Elect Donald Trump?

“There’s a sucker born every minute.” You all know the quote. While it is most commonly attributed to P.T. Barnum, it precedes him, and there is no evidence he actually ever said it. But someone, somewhere, did originate it.  And 48 years worth of those suckers voted for Donald Trump for President. How do I... Read more »

Pancreatic Cancer Took My Dear Sister, But Not Her Light

Sunday was a day spent at my friend Art’s lake house with a few other high school buddies, walking along the beach, downing chili, and watching the Cubs soar while the Bears and Sox flopped. My friend Gary mentioned that he enjoyed the blogs I have written about my family history. He quoted a line... Read more »

10 Ways Neil Diamond Should Sell Out--Can You Guess Number Nine?

Did it make you laugh? The first time you saw the Hyundai TV commercial using  “Sweet Caroline” to sell Sonatas? It suddenly seemed as if it were everywhere. The bum-bum-bum sing-along between the guy and gal commuters  ranked as the most frequently viewed car commercial for a week over the summer. And audiophiles like me know that... Read more »

No Love-The Relationship Has Come to an End

How long has it been? Do we even remember the early years? Every thing was so smooth and easy. It was like poetry in motion, just like a finely tuned ballet. If I was down, you picked me up; if I erred you were there to help me. I looked forward to being with you,... Read more »

We Get Hotter, And I Can't Even Blame It On Global Warming

I wake up as a tremendous ball of heat engulfs me. Throwing off the covers I  wonder. Did Kim Jong-un launch his first nuclear missile and chose the north Chicago suburbs as his target? Has Trump launched a pre-emptive strike and gotten the launch code parameters wrong? Maybe the decommissioned nuclear power plant up in... Read more »

A Word Trump Might Not Have Said

I made a mistake in judgment. Yesterday’s blog post was a satirical look at our President and how he chooses to view the world and its events, man-made or natural. It was a pretty good piece, worthy of being an anchor on the ChicagoNow Weekend Front Page and to attract some attention in the Twitter zone, where it recently... Read more »

Trump News Conference - "Both Sides Responsible For Solar Eclipse."

In an early morning impromptu press conference in the lobby of Trump Tower, President Donald Trump refused to lay the blame on next week’s solar eclipse on natural astrophysical events, instead claiming the alt-left was directly responsible. “There is no doubt in my mind that emphasis on solar power is overwhelming the capacity of the... Read more »

If You Don't Love Your Neighbor, At Least Have Empathy

The email began with “I’m hanging in there. My husband passed away in an accident in June. Been very difficult, but I’m doing my best.” I don’t know Jane well. She is my contact for a company in a southern state that our lab has used for several years for online learning and record keeping.... Read more »