Where once stood a magnificent garden at the corner of 8th and Wabash, now stands nothing.

Where once stood a magnificent garden at the corner of 8th and Wabash, now stands nothing.
Columbia College Chicago did a very bad thing.  Where once stood a magnificent garden at the corner of 8th and Wabash, now stands nothing. And it’s all the college’s fault. The story goes like this:  When Columbia purchased the old Buddy Guy’s Legends a few years ago and tore it down in order to build... Read more »

John McCain and Bill Maher think exposing embarrassing emails about Democrats is as bad an attack on us as 911

John McCain and Bill Maher think exposing embarrassing emails about Democrats is as bad an attack on us as 911
Republican Arizona senator John McCain–the elderly melanoma victim who sicced Sarah Palin on us because he thought she could be president in the event of his death–thinks the Russian attack on Hillary Clinton emails is as bad as the attack on the US by Islamic terrorists on September 11, 2001. Actually, he said the email... Read more »

If you think you know all about native flowers and plants, you should branch out to trees and shrubs--and here's how

If you think you know all about native flowers and plants, you should branch out to trees and shrubs--and here's how
If you believe that our planet deserves more respect these days, one way to turn your thoughts into action is to plant things in your garden that are supposed to be there. Plant native. So the birds and the bees and many, many other native species can maintain their food sources, their habitats and their... Read more »
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Three things journalist Jane Jacobs taught us that we city dwellers should never forget

Three things journalist Jane Jacobs taught us that we city dwellers should never forget
Every year during the first weekend in May–around the time of the late Jane Jacobs‘ birthday–I have to keep reminding myself that Jacobs was a mere journalist and not an urban planner. Even though her writing (her most famous and influential book was “The Death and Life of Great American Cities”) and activism had as... Read more »

The Russians didn't meddle in our election but thankfully they showed us who did: Democrats

The Russians didn't meddle in our election but thankfully they showed us who did:  Democrats
I really don’t know what the Russians did, if anything, to get emails out of the DNC’s computer–and Hillary campaign head John Podesta’s computer–in order to turn them over to WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange. But whoever did it, and for whatever reason, it was a public service.  Those emails should be required reading for all.... Read more »

Every time I see a story about the pending sale or demise of the State of Illinois Building, it reminds me that we once had quite a relationship

Every time I see a story about the pending sale or demise of the State of Illinois Building, it reminds me that we once had quite a relationship
It all started about the time this picture was taken.  My husband at the time, the late award-winning investigative reporter Paul McGrath, got interested in the building.  And for at least a year, the construction of the State of Illinois building was part of our marriage. We had a new baby, Molly, and I wasn’t thrilled that... Read more »
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I really and truly thought I was being stopped by ICE and I still don't know for sure that I wasn't

I really and truly thought I was being stopped by ICE and I still don't know for sure that I wasn't
Last week, I could have sworn my daughter and I were stopped by ICE–Immigration and Customs Enforcement cops–in the Red Line L station at Roosevelt about noon.  But now I don’t know what the heck happened. I put up a post on Facebook right after our stop.  And got more commentary than any other post... Read more »

President Trump really IS making America great again even though he doesn't know it yet

President Trump really IS making America great again even though he doesn't know it yet
Oh how the framers would love this!  The three equal branches of government going at it like there’s no tomorrow.  The great American triumvirate:  the Prez, the Congress, the Judiciary.  Oh, woebegone! America is working again.  The elitists are out; the deplorables are in. And the whole country is watching. Fighting.  Speaking.  Protesting.  Writing. Tweeting.... Read more »

The Chicago Bears have been stopping traffic in the South Loop for years but Christmas Eve was the first time I heard about it

The Chicago Bears have been stopping traffic in the South Loop for years but Christmas Eve was the first time I heard about it
So Christmas Eve, in the midst of making the dinner above, I realized I was out of garlic.  And I was about to put some beef tenderloin in the oven. No problem, I threw on my coat and went to Trader Joe’s. I walked east on Roosevelt from State to Wabash and waited at the... Read more »
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You know what I love about Donald Trump? He's hilarious!

You know what I love about Donald Trump?  He's hilarious!
While all my friends are hand-wringing, stomach-holding and heart-breaking because Donald Trump is going to be President in a few weeks, I’m having fits of laughter. While all my friends are scared to death of The Donald, all I do is giggle. Donald Trump is the funniest guy to come down the pike since Stewart,... Read more »