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Happy Mother's Day? Well, if you insist....

Happy Mother's Day? Well, if you insist....
Here comes Mother’s Day. I’m already wondering about facing my first Father’s Day with no one to celebrate, but I think Mother’s Day is harder, even the 14th time around. People keep wishing me “Happy Mother’s Day” without knowing that I don’t have either children or a living mother. I suppose this one’s harder than... Read more »

The value of having standards (or values)

The value of having standards (or values)
The present series — the Serious series, if you will — about values has made me think of many things I value. One of those things is having standards, saying that I value some things over others. I have on my desk a button I picked up at a rally for the striking Chicago Symphony... 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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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 »

Even Joel Quenneville didn't win 'three Stanley Cups' -- there's only one

Even Joel Quenneville didn't win 'three Stanley Cups' -- there's only one
Being careful with the English language isn’t something I can turn off, even when I am dealing with rotten news. When I started to read and hear stories about my favorite (ice) hockey team, the Chicago Blackhawks, firing coach Joel Quenneville, I was stunned. Three championships for “the Hawks” — in 2010, 2013, and 2015... Read more »

In memory of Stan Mikita

In memory of Stan Mikita
I had known it was coming since the most recent day the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup championship, i.e., June 15, 2015, but today’s  news of Stan Mikita’s death still came as a shock to me as a Blackhawk supporter. Some of my favorite memories of growing up are of watching Stan late in... Read more »
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A new series: 'The Story of English'

A new series: 'The Story of English'
This month, I’ll concentrate my posts on “The Story of English,” a book by Robert McCrum, William Cran and Robert MacNeil published by Viking and Elizabeth Sifton Books in 1986 to coincide with a PBS television series of the same name. (There are two parts of why I love books — they last longer than video... Read more »

'How to be Lovely -- The Audrey Hepburn Way of Life:' Some lovely thoughts

'How to be Lovely -- The Audrey Hepburn Way of Life:' Some lovely thoughts
I was browsing at a neighborhood coffee shop which has taken our local treat, “little library” boxes, indoors and turned it into a set of shelves to leave a book or take a book. When I saw a copy of “How to be Lovely — The Audrey Hepburn Way of Life” by Melissa Hellstern (Penguin... Read more »

An expression not worth defending: Background music

An expression not worth defending: Background music
Since I’ve had some dental work recently, I’ve had to be very careful about every sound coming out of my mouth. Some sounds will hurt, so I want to minimize that. That has meant something very unusual for me: avoiding music. I don’t want to sing along and hurt my jaw, or try to whistle... Read more »
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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 »