Archive for March 2017

Fear of publishing -- or an inner editor?

Fear of publishing -- or an inner editor?
We’ve had some computerized discussions here at Chicago Now about “fear of publishing” — the idea that oh, I wrote something, but what if I publish it? Longtime and/or regular readers of these items may have inferred that this isn’t my problem. But I have a draft in my Margaret Serious software that is waiting... Read more »

Time to stick a fork in 'Serious questions' posts

Time to stick a fork in 'Serious questions' posts
From time to time, I’ve had a list of what seemed to be Serious questions — Serious not just because I had them, but serious things I’ve wondered about without having whole posts to write about each one. But during the new administration, I haven’t come up with a list of questions. In the past two months (yes,... Read more »

May I have your undivided attention?

May I have your undivided attention?
A few weeks ago, when my attention was divided between watching a program and coughing, I heard that question: “May I have your undivided attention?” I knew the answer was no. It always is, lately. If you’re somewhere around my age, you’ll have been asked by teachers and other leaders at regular intervals, “May I... Read more »
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'The Adventure of the Missing Quotations' (or what Doyle wrote and Bartlett ignored)

'The Adventure of the Missing Quotations' (or what Doyle wrote and Bartlett ignored)
In the course of reading “Arthur and Sherlock,”  I found myself trying to use Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations to find the names of stories for particular incidents and quotations in the Sherlock Holmes stories I love. But while “You know my methods” and nine other gems are in my copy of Bartlett’s, many of my favorites are... Read more »