Here's To the Lady Who Lunched: Or My Six Degrees of Separation from Elaine Stritch

Here's To the Lady Who Lunched: Or My Six Degrees of Separation from Elaine Stritch
Here’s to the Lady Who Lunched: or My Six Degrees of Separation from Elaine Stritch Elaine Stritch died last week. The announcement of her death made me very sad. Let me state at the outset, I have only the remotest connection with Elaine Stritch—rather like my six degrees of separation connection from Kevin Bacon, which... Read more »

Stitch and Bitch: Or How to Go Crazy Knitting a Piece of Art

Stitch and Bitch: Or How to Go Crazy Knitting a Piece of Art
Stitch and Bitch: Or How to Go Crazy Knitting a piece of Art You have to possess a certain amount of lunacy and patience to undertake a project like the one on which I am now working. I am well endowed with the first quality. The second—not so much. But I figured, after all of... Read more »

Cairo Illinois: Trouble Right Here in River City

Cairo Illinois: Trouble Right Here in River City
Cairo, Illinois: Trouble Right Here in River City    There has always been a certain glamour attached to river towns. Stories have been written about them (“Huckleberry Finn”), movies have been made about them (“Show Boat”), and songs are sung about them (“Waitin’ for the Robert E. Lee”). Photographs show happy crowds gathered on the... Read more »
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Farewell Chanel: How I Tossed the Gloss and Became a Happier Person

   Confessions of a Cosmetic junkie (Spoiler Alert: This is a decidedly un-Shirley bit of trivia while I am working on my next Cairo piece)     For all of my adult life, I have been addicted to the beauty pages of fashion magazines. I couldn’t wait for beauty editors to tell me what new... Read more »

Cairo, Illinois: The Way, Way Back

Cairo, Illinois: The Way, Way Back
  The Way, Way Back to Cairo, Illinois Goin’ back to Cairo, goodbye and a goodbye. Goin’ back to Cairo, goodbye Liza Jane.     Way back when, at the Southern end of Illinois, where the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers come together to wend their wedded way down to New Orleans and the Gulf of... Read more »

Cairo, Illinois: The Short Happy Life and Lingering Death of a Small Town

Cairo, Illinois: The Short Happy Life and Lingering Death of a Small Town
Part I: Going Back to Cairo, Illinois In at the birth, in at the death, my friend. I was not in at the birth of Cairo, Illinois. That happened long before my time. Nor was I in at the death. That occurred after I left. But I was there for much of what happened in... Read more »
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Kevin Boehm and RobKatz: The Fabulous Boka Boys

Kevin Boehm and RobKatz: The Fabulous Boka Boys
Kevin Boehm and Rob Katz: The Fabulous Boka Boys   My favorite stories  begin, “once upon a time,” and end, “they lived happily ever after. The story of the fabulous Boka Boys, Kevin Boehm and Rob Katz, is one of those. It is a story of two characters who met, had a conversation over a... Read more »

My Kind of Town: Chicago, A Tale of Two Cities

My Kind of Town: Chicago, A Tale of Two Cities
Chicago: A Tale of Two Cities               This is my kind of town, Chicago is my kind of town,             Chicago is my kind of people too, people who smile at you,             …And each time I leave, Chicago is tugging at my sleeve.             Chicago is…one town that won’t... Read more »

Not Everyone Was Brave: Henry Gerber and the Beginning of the Gay Rights Movement in Chicago

Not Everyone Was Brave: Henry Gerber and the Beginning of the Gay Rights Movement in Chicago: Part II    Part II: The Henry Gerber Story Continues At 2:00 a.m. on a Sunday morning in 1925, Henry Gerber answered a knock on his door. When he opened it, there stood a newspaper man and a city... Read more »
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Not Everyone Was Brave: Henry Gerber and the Beginning of the Gay Rights Movement in Chicago

Not Everyone Was Brave: Henry Gerber and the Beginning of the Gay Rights Movement in Chicago
Not Everyone Was Brave: Henry Gerber and the Beginning of the Gay Rights Movement in Chicago ( Note: a while back, I did a series on remarkable women. Now, I’d like to give the men equal time with essays on a few remarkable men who made a difference.)  Part I Henry Gerber was not a lovable,... Read more »