Tag: memoir

Today on "The Young and the Nerdy": Does Steven want a second chance at High School? (ChicagoNow's Evening Blogapalooz-Hour: Volume XXXV)

Today on "The Young and the Nerdy": Does Steven want a second chance at High School? (ChicagoNow's Evening Blogapalooz-Hour: Volume XXXV)
You wouldn’t think it by looking at me, my chest robust and my muscles rippling, that I had an absolutely dreadful time in high school. It didn’t come from lack of trying, but I was awful at playing the game of popularity and conformity that high school demands of you. I was never one to... Read more »

Why I love wearing lipstick and why anyone who laughs at that should 'stick it'

Why I love wearing lipstick and why anyone who laughs at that should 'stick it'
Indulge me in a quick flashback: When I was about four or five years old, I was browsing the costume shack at Sonny Acres Pumpkin Farm in West Chicago. The year was approximately 1995, many years before the current acceptance of a person’s free will in defining their gender. I bounded excitedly towards an exquisite... Read more »

How Julia Child saved my sanity and started my blogging addiction

How Julia Child saved my sanity and started my blogging addiction
Life is a web twisted with golden braids and sharp nettles. The delicate interweaving of events, people, places, and experiences create the rich tapestry that cloaks our lives. Though people weave in and out of our lives, we are either richer or poorer for having met them. The summer after I graduated high school was... Read more »
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Save Your Applause til' the End: My Summer of Artistic Triumph (ChicagoNow's Morning Blogapalooz-Hour: Volume II)

Save Your Applause til' the End: My Summer of Artistic Triumph (ChicagoNow's Morning Blogapalooz-Hour: Volume II)
I get home late in in the day, the August sun just starting to set. My 20-year-old body hits the bed in a pile of fatigue and unfathomable happiness. Suddenly, my mood changes as I remember the events of the best summer weekend of my life. I start to weep bitter tears, like a man... Read more »

"I write to understand as much as to be understood": Celebrating the life of Elie Wiesel (1928-2016)

"I write to understand as much as to be understood": Celebrating the life of Elie Wiesel (1928-2016)
When I wrote my blog about Elie Wiesel’s memoir Open Heart, I had no idea that in less than half a month he would be dead. Wiesel died today at the age of 87. In our lifetime, we have figures who stand at the finish line of tragedy and teach the world to learn from it.... Read more »