Archive for June 2018

A great summer memory: The definition of heat

A great summer memory: The definition of heat
The challenge came in at 8 p.m.: Blogapalooz-Hour, the monthly Chicago Now effort to write and post something in one hour on a set subject. Tonight’s topic: What is your favorite summer memory from your school years? Many of my favorite memories would involve more than an hour of combing thorough diaries (back to sixth grade) and... Read more »

'Miss Fisher Mysteries' are bonzer fun in any form

'Miss Fisher Mysteries' are bonzer fun in any form
A good friend recently introduced me to “Miss Fisher Mysteries,” both the books and the TV series. I needed the books for a while before I could follow the TV series properly, because they’re set in Melbourne, Australia, and its environs — and I have little chance to tune my ear for accents to Australian... Read more »

Sports reporters and editors: The U.S. Open what?

Sports reporters and editors: The U.S. Open what?
It’s summer, and it’s time for all sorts of tournaments. The World Cup is gaining publicity, but still needs some extra reminders and explanations for those of us who don’t follow soccer (football, to some readers) and don’t have a player in the family. I keep seeing and hearing those explanations, and it helps my... Read more »
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A tribute to Charles Krauthammer

A tribute to Charles Krauthammer
Charles Krauthammer, whose work was syndicated by the Washington Post and carried in the Chicago Tribune, wrote a book called “Things that Matter” (New York, 2013; Crown Forum Publishers). He also wrote things that matter. On Sunday, June 10, the Tribune carried a “A note to readers,” with his column’s usual byline and portrait. I have admired... Read more »

'What is so rare as a day in June?' I'll check Bartlett's

'What is so rare as a day in June?' I'll check Bartlett's
James Russell Lowell (1819-1891) asked it in “An Indian-Summer Reverie” in 1846, but we may be asking it now: “And what is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days; Then Heaven tries the earth if it be in tune, And over it softly her warm ear lays.” But what IS... Read more »