Posts in category "Chicago"

Team Dahl

Team Dahl
Baseball is connective tissue in the Dahl family story, and it is sewn with Black and White Sox thread.  Perhaps it was born in Steve’s conscious decision to cheer for an AL team  to keep the Dodgers and Vin Scully safe in his heart.  Sox allegiance was galvanized on a hot summer night when he... Read more »

Mabel the Unstable

Mabel the Unstable
  Every dog-loving family has one Dog for the Ages.  Mabel was not that dog. But she grew on us, and with us. She became a Dahl when Matthew was a quasi-rebellious junior in high school, and we were on the brink of becoming empty nesters. We knew we needed a lifeline. Chamois, our Golden,... Read more »

I Don't Believe in the Rainbow Bridge but I Want To

I Don't Believe in the Rainbow Bridge but I Want To
I don’t believe there will be a reunion with my pets anymore than I will meet the angry cows I have consumed or the spiders I have squished. I wish I could stretch my heavenly conceits this way, because I can see the comfort in that imagery. I am content to be grateful for every... Read more »
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Tuesdays With Gramma Janet (Apologies to Mitch Albom)

Henry's First Selfie
Yep, I was the Grandma who said she would never be locked into a day for babysitting.I hate driving to the city, and so I was OUT. I have always been available for emergency babysitting, and my initial offer was to be the Friday overnight drop off babysitter for any of the kids. They could... Read more »

Polar Vortex to Pollen Vortex

Polar Vortex to Pollen Vortex
Dammit. I have grumbled my way through a ridiculous winter in foul form and perfect health. The moment that the earth gave up its frosty demeanor, my allergies resurfaced with a grim resolve. And I DO mean resurfaced.  I have not experienced such misery since summer camp days, where an ill advised hay ride put... Read more »

#donnaday Join me.

#donnaday  Join me.
What is every parent’s worst notion? You know. Sick kid. Cancer kid. Dying kid. What a sacred duty to travel life with an ill child, making choices for them, preserving  your sanity and strength so you can export them to your little one. What can we do to help? Listen. There are story tellers with... Read more »
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Much Ado About the Cub Nation

Much Ado About the Cub Nation
What crazed Hell is bubbling on Sports Radio? Why has the creation of a mascot for the Cubs created a surge of apoplexy?  How can grown men light up phone lines to decry this? Why does every sports columnist feel the need to cannibalize the Cubs’ marketing plan?  Does anyone need to micro-dissect the renderings of... Read more »

The Ghosts of Christmas...

The Ghosts of Christmas...
Maybe I love Christmas because I hated school as a child, and two weeks without homework or peer pressure was heaven. Maybe I love Christmas because Mom loosened her “no TV” rules to allow us to watch Andy Williams, Perry Como and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir TV Specials. Maybe I love it because my Mom... Read more »

Christmas Kindness- Catch it- Share it-Spread it.

Christmas Kindness- Catch it- Share it-Spread it.
Just a quick thought here- I was driving through my suburb and was entranced by the beautiful lights that warm up this frigid month.  Night is so long that the Christmas decorations serve to keep spirits bright, as they say. I am trying to retain the spirit of Christmas without the manic shopping overload, and... Read more »
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Steve and Garry, Scumbag worm meat ….idiots.

Steve and Garry, Scumbag worm meat ….idiots.
Tonight Steve and Garry are being inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame at the Museum of Broadcast Communications.  It is a nice coda to a partnership that dared to do the unspeakable: talk on the FM band. Make people laugh. Push every boundary of civility. It is almost impossible to remember the reverence with... Read more »