Endless Circles in Roundabout Hell

Endless Circles in Roundabout Hell
I recently returned from the roundabout capital of the US, Carmel, Indiana, a well-off suburb of Indianapolis that decided sometime back in the late 1990’s that its goal is not to  have a single stoplight in the town of approximately 95,000.  Every town has to have a goal, I guess. That  goal would never do for... Read more »

A Building Frozen in Time

A Building Frozen in Time
Land in any city, including Chicago and its suburbs, and travel up and down its streets, and if you didn’t know what city you were in, you can’t be blamed.  All the buildings look the same, corporate-cloned architecture that is replicated by the thousands so as to be instantly recognizable and instantly forgotten the moment... Read more »

Do you have the courage to be a "red hen?"

Do you have the courage to be  a "red hen?"
This is not sarcasm. There is no hidden meaning. I think a brave action was taken by Stephanie Wilkinson, owner of the Red Hen Restaurant, Lexington VA, for asking Sarah Huckabee-Sanders, Trump press secretary, to leave her establishment. Brave, why? Because she had the courage of her convictions and the convictions of her employees, who... Read more »
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How do you see yourself? How does it make you act?

How do you see yourself?  How does it make you act?
We all put our pants on one leg at a time, so the saying goes. Then we go about our daily routines.  Taken on the mean, we all do essentially the same things each day. The occupational pursuits may be different, but the basics are the same: we drink; we eat; we eliminate; we sleep. When... Read more »

Pit Stop & Coffee -- a business solution to bathroom lockouts

Pit Stop & Coffee  --  a business solution to bathroom lockouts
Nobody will be surprised at the latest in coffee houses, especially with the big dust-up about two black guys who insisted on waiting around a bit at a Starbucks before they peed and then got tossed out for waiting and peeing. America’s entrepreneurial spirit has found a solution that is race free, bias-free, hate free –but... Read more »

Do you live next to a boarded-up house?

Do you live next to a boarded-up house?
Chicago has many abandoned houses, especially on the west and south sides.  The houses range from simple raised ranches and traditional Chicago bungalows and brownstones to even older stock such as Victorian-era dowagers in Englewood and Kenwood and West Pullman and Roseland. Every house tells a story.  For some of these houses, the story starts... Read more »
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Can you mail that check to me?

Can you mail that check to me?
Despite many different ways to transact business today electronically, I still occasionally get this request: “Can you mail a check to me?” My answer is, “no”. I don’t have checks anymore.  My last box ran out about two years ago.  I’m not going to reorder and pay for something I barely use so I can... Read more »

Have you seen "Trust Jesus" lately?

Have you seen  "Trust Jesus"  lately?
   For years someone spray painted “Trust Jesus” on the overpasses in Chicago and the Midwest.  Who was it?         I-80 is a long and lonely stretch of road, cutting east and west across the United States.  That is where I first encountered my own personal “Trust Jesus”. Every so often it... Read more »

Does Land Ground You?

Does Land Ground You?
Not long ago many of us lived in small towns. Or we came from the farms around those towns. We are one or maybe two generations removed from that small-town life.  It is the same small town life popularized in the early 20th Century by Sinclair Lewis, in novels such as Main Street and Babbit. ... Read more »
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Do you care about your lawn?

Do you care about your lawn?
It’s out there as I write. It is beckoning for me to go out to do something with it. hissing at me. I refuse. I will not let my lawn be the boss of me. My lawn is small.  It takes about fifteen minutes to cut it.  I rarely edge it.  My lawn is not... Read more »