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It's Not Easy Being Jewish In 2015

 I’m Jewish I’m part of a community. I’m not religious, I’m more spiritual and cultural. But there’s no question about it…I’m a Jew. I’m proud of it and it’s not easy. Let’s face it, being Jewish has never been easy. You can go back thousands of years…since the beginning of time. But now it’s 2015.... Read more »

Happy Birthday Israel: Being Jewish and Worldwide Antisemitism

 I’ve been spending a lot of time recently examining my beliefs and spirituality. There are plenty of reasons for this. I’m getting older. The end is much closer than the beginning. But this wouldn’t be anything new. I could have said the same thing at age 45. I also now have a chronic ailment. Lot’s... Read more »

On the National Day of Writing, this is #WhyIWrite

On the National Day of Writing, this is #WhyIWrite
Happy National Day of Writing. It’s a day to celebrate words and the people who put them together. If you peruse social media, you’ll see this. #WhyIWrite. We all have our reasons for #WhyIWrite. Here are some of mine. We all need a creative outlet. We need a way to express ourselves. I can’t paint or draw…I’ve... Read more »
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Treasure Island is closed: Were things really better in the good old days?

Treasure Island is closed: Were things really better in the good old days?
It was the mid-1970’s. I was looking for my first post-college apartment. I found on a place in what is now known as the Lakeview area of Chicago. 3510 N. Pine Grove. Ten minutes from the lake. Ten minutes from Wrigley Field. Most importantly it was cheap. Ninety-Five dollars a month. Wow…those were the good... Read more »

Do you use ear protection at concerts?

Do you use ear protection at concerts?
On June 25th, I was at the Roger Daltrey rock concert at the Ravinia Festival in the north burbs of Chicago. Near the halfway point of the concert, I leaned over and asked the person I was with “Is it really loud in here?” When the show was over, my ears ached and I had... Read more »

I hope my "friend" is still alive

I hope my "friend" is still alive
Today is May 31st. It’s the final day of the month. That makes it the final day of Melanoma Awareness Month. Thirty-one days of raising money and awareness to try to beat this hideous disease. In Chicago, it’s followed by the local yearly “Miles For Melanoma” charity walk. This happens on Saturday, June 2nd. In... Read more »
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What do you call someone who leaves nasty comments on your blog?

What do you call someone who leaves nasty comments on your blog?
Did you know that I’m a Communist? I didn’t either….until one of the people who reads my blog let me know. You can’t have thin skin if you’re a writer. Not everyone is going to like everything you write. Not everyone is going to agree with your opinions. You have to be able to handle... Read more »

I'd like to have brunch with my mom on Mother's Day

I'd like to have brunch with my mom on Mother's Day
“We should not be wallowing in hate. We should be wallowing in a beautiful brunch of Belgian waffles and berries. And sausages of both link and patty.” Happy Mother’s Day! It’s a day to honor Mom. It’s also a day about food. Restaurants will be jammed pack with people celebrating their mothers. As Robert Barone,... Read more »

Five years at ChicagoNow: And they said it would never last

The day is May 11, 2013. Five years ago today. It was a day that will live in infamy. That was the day my words first showed up in this forum. Yep…today is my fifth anniversary at ChicagoNow. Hey look…here’s my cake. There’s enough for all of you. You all like chocolate? And here’s a... Read more »
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The week in review: The Stormy Seattle edition

The week in review: The Stormy Seattle edition
I’m on a quest to visit all fifty states. It’s a bucket list thing. The magic number going into this year was ten. A friend has been working a temp gig in Seattle. Cheap airfare and free lodging made this trip a no-brainer. Off to Washington state for the first time. Nine states to go!... Read more »
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    My so called friends think it's time to edit this section. After four years, they may be right, but don't tell them that. I'll deny it until they die! I can't believe I've been writing this blog for four years. It started as a health/wellness thing and over the years has morphed to include so many things that I don't know how to describe it anymore. I really thought this was going to be the final year of the blog but then Donald Trump came along. It looks like we're good for four more years..God help us all! Oh yeah...the biographical stuff. I'm not 60 anymore. The rest you can read about in the blog.

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