Archive for August 2017

Memories, music and Lincoln Park Zoo

Memories, music and Lincoln Park Zoo
I was in Lincoln Park on some business today, so after that I took advantage of my day off and went to Lincoln Park Zoo. It was a wonderful visit — a visit full of wonder, enjoying old and new things in different ways. I went to the new polar bear and penguin habitats for the... Read more »

If 'downstairs,' why not 'downelevator,' too?

If 'downstairs,' why not 'downelevator,' too?
There are two ways for me to go to the lower levels of my building when I’m in my apartment. As you might guess, they are the elevator and the stairs. Their doors are not far apart, but there are plenty of other buildings I’ve seen where elevators are a greater distance from the stairs.... Read more »

A reply to The Armchair Cook: Foods I dislike even for their names

A reply to The Armchair Cook: Foods I dislike even for their names
Today’s post by Abbie Claire, Chicago Now’s The Armchair Cook, was about “26 foods I hate that you love.” (Catch up to it here.) It moves me to this public reply: Actually, I dislike many of the same things that you do. I’ll go even farther in one case, yogurt. Never mind not having anything... Read more »
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If one member suffers, all suffer together: What the Bible says about being different

If one member suffers, all suffer together: What the Bible says about being different
I’m going to take my category of “Words Worth Defending” and stretch it out today. We need words, and we need to agree to standards about what words mean, if we are to get through difficult times such as the one in which our country — no, our world — has landed. I know that... Read more »

Another imaginary meeting in the Writers' Room: Let it snow in August!

Another imaginary meeting in the Writers' Room: Let it snow in August!
It was, as some nights must be, a dark and stormy night when I picked up my pen and notebook to act again as secretary in the Writers’ Room of my imagination while my imaginary committee there looked at — and debated — another facet of my detective-novel-in-progress. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was again the... Read more »

Couth: A word, and a quality, worth defending

Couth: A word, and a quality, worth defending
I don’t need to get political to notice that there’s too much that’s uncouth in the world: rude, sloppy, nasty, generally unpleasant things and/or people abound. That’s why I’d rather defend the word couth. My copy of “The Concise Scots Dictionary” (a 1989 edition by Crescent Books, based on a New Orchard Edition of 1911)... Read more »
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