Archive for April 2017

How 'My Fair Lady' keeps me writing

How 'My Fair Lady' keeps me writing
You might expect that for me, “My Fair Lady” (which opens at the Civic Opera House in Chicago on April 28)  is most important musically. Well, despite “On the Street Where You Live,” “I Could Have Danced All Night,” and other favorite Lerner and Loewe songs, you’d be wrong. My favorite part of “My Fair... Read more »

Easter reminded me to defend the word 'crucial'

Easter reminded me to defend the word 'crucial'
I am all in favor of beautiful, under-used words being used in place of worn-out, over-used ones. But Easter reminded me of an exception. To use the definitions from my Webster’s New Twentieth Century Dictionary before the word itself, I will call something “of supreme importance,” “decisive,” or “critical;” or I will call it “”extremely... Read more »

Winning Blackhawks, where are you? A song of frustration

Winning Blackhawks, where are you? A song of frustration
(You think staring at all-rerun marathons on TV doesn’t teach you anything? Well, I once watched a long stretch of an old show called “Car 54, Where Are You?” It taught me the theme song, whether I wanted it or not, and the meter is butting into my thoughts about the hockey playoffs today. Here... Read more »
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When I put down Conan Doyle, what else am I reading? Great Chicago Now blogs, of course

When I put down Conan Doyle, what else am I reading? Great Chicago Now blogs, of course
Yes, there are times when I get away from my re-reading of Sherlock Holmes stories and try to keep up with what’s going on in the present. When I’m looking for great writing, often I find myself turning to (other) bloggers right here at Chicago Now for entertainment and education. So, to join in our... Read more »

Love thy neighbor -- and share a badge

I was riding the bus one recent day when I noticed a striking badge on a seatmate’s winter coat. It was black, with a blue heart that seemed hand-drawn on it. The words “Love Thy Neighbor” around one edge of the circular black badge were accompanied by letters I recognized as Hebrew and Arabic. (No... Read more »