Archive for August 2016

Fresh things to say (but not sing!) about 'Stormy Weather'

Fresh things to say (but not sing!) about 'Stormy Weather'
When I saw last night’s stormy weather forecasts, I nearly broke out into a song about them. (Don’t know whyyyy I didn’t. That’s a hint.) But I didn’t sing. I wanted something different to say about stormy weather, so I did what comes naturally when I want a great quotation: I went browsing through Bartlett’s... Read more »

The question I get most about the Chicago Air & Water Show

The question I get most about the Chicago Air & Water Show
Today is the Monday after the Chicago Air & Water Show. I have lived in Chicago for 30 years (as of October, but I was apartment-hunting during the show in ’86), and I have been asked a question about the show once too often. My jobs and my neighborhoods have meant I’ve been around out-of-town visitors... Read more »

Guest post: Life in France under the state of emergency

Guest post: Life in France under the state of emergency
The following guest post was written by Marie Vallet. We met when she came to Chicago in the summer of 2014. We had exchanged e-mails before she came over from Paris, France, so we knew each other slightly before we met. But when we heard each other’s voices — and languages — we had a... Read more »
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It's Left Handers Day, all right (oops!)

It's Left Handers Day, all right (oops!)
Now and then, an e-mail newsletter brings an idea for a post. That’s what happened on Thursday when I got the latest from The Left-Handers Club in the U.K. (www.anythinglefthanded.co.uk.) It contained a reminder that today, Aug. 13, is Left Handers Day. (Sorry, fellow grammar mavens, but they put a hyphen in the club’s name... Read more »

On writing for (and about) villains

On writing for (and about) villains
I’m spending some time away from the news just the way I often do — by writing. When I’m not writing these essays to post, I’m working on a detective story. (Regular readers will remember previous visits to and from my characters.) But there’s so much crime and violence in the world today. Why get... Read more »