Archive for March 2019

The value of practice

The value of practice
During the time I worked at The Art Institute of Chicago, I loved working at the information desk just inside the Michigan Avenue doors. (OK, I loved it as long as the boys drumming on buckets weren’t nearby and sending pounding rhythm through the lobby.) I had all sorts of questions, even one man who... Read more »

The value of searching

The value of searching
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. — Matthew 7:7, the Holy Bible Where is it?  Where is relief from pain? Where is the right path? Where is the key that solves everything wrong with my computer, if not the rest of... Read more »

The value of collections

The value of collections
My name is Margaret, and I’m a collector. Now I’m more of  a collector than before, because my big organizing problem for the next little while (are there big whiles?) will be organizing things from my father’s collections of books and music into my own… in my studio apartment. If some things wear out, they... Read more »
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The value of deadlines

I’ve been helping out the Chicago Now community — rather, I hope I have — by writing newsletter-style comments on our private Facebook page over the past few weeks. I picked out five different topics, and I write about a different one each day of the week. It didn’t take much more than a week... Read more »

The value of committing things to memory

The value of committing things to memory
When I was a student of other things — officially so, growing up — I was also a music student. It’s just something that happened at our house. These days, I enjoy getting to church early enough to hear choir practice; it reminds me of long-ago days when a sitter couldn’t come, so my sister and I... Read more »

Ian D. Laing, 1925-2019

Ian D. Laing, 1925-2019
It’s been quite a time since my father told me, in our nightly phone call, that he had a stomachache on Thursday night, March 7. I thought it was too late to call my sister. But she called me in the morning to say that Dad had been taken to the hospital. That night, she... Read more »
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Elections and pronouns: 'It's hers'

Elections and pronouns: 'It's hers'
We’ve got some pronoun-adjusting to do in Chicago these days. With two women remaining in the race for mayor of Chicago, Toni Preckwinkle and Lori Lightfoot, we’ll have to pay more attention to when someone says something political is “hers.” I caught myself doing that at least once today, thinking “Whose?” when I saw a... Read more »

Seasons and years and Marches

Seasons and years and Marches
As I start to write this, I’ve been inside for about half an hour. I’ve taken off my coat and hat (rescued from another battle against the wind, although by then it was hard to get my head warm again). There’s no warming my feet quite yet, and I’m trying to use some typing to... Read more »