Living in Interesting Times

Living in Interesting Times
Living in Interesting Times Little did I anticipate just how interesting the times would become when I chose this title for my Chicago Now blog, many years ago. In my wildest dreams, I never imagined a time when: the better angels of our nature would be lost in a sea of racial and religious intolerance;... Read more »

Look what the wind blew in--and out

Look what the wind blew in--and out
The autumn winds have blown through. Here are some of the things they have blown out, and in. The hot and humid summer days have vanished, as have the interminable summer re-runs as evidenced by a bold N next to tv guide listings . Corn, peaches, and most berries, those glorious products of summer’s bounty,... Read more »

You must remember him: Dick Latham, Old Town legend and " King of Industrial Design"

You must remember him: Dick Latham, Old Town legend and " King of Industrial Design"
             Lives of great men all remind us we can make our lives sublime,             And departing leave behind us footprints on the sands of time.                         Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Designing man How do you define greatness? For me, a great person is one who passes through this world and leaves... Read more »
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Art and Old Town: A Marriage That Defies Time

Art and Old Town: A Marriage That Defies Time
                        Part One: When It All Began “Art cannot be modern. Art is primordially eternal.” Egon Schiele Art and Old Town first said “I do” in the 1840s when a group of German immigrants spread out from their settlement on Clark Street and moved... Read more »

My Old House, Part 4: Equal Rights, Equal Dignity, and the Legacy of Henry Gerber

My Old House, Part 4: Equal Rights, Equal Dignity, and the Legacy of Henry Gerber
That thou hadst seen that that…I have seen. We have heard the chimes at midnight. Jesu, the days that we have seen. William Shakespeare King Henry the Fourth: Part 2, Act 3, Scene 2 Equal Rights, Equal Dignity in the Eyes of the Law Somewhere, Henry Gerber is smiling. Why—because on June 26, 2015, in... Read more »

My Old House Part Three: He Fought the Law and the Law Won

My Old House Part Three:  He Fought the Law and the Law Won
The Law Came Knocking At 2:00 a.m. on that Sunday morning in 1925, Henry Gerber heard a knock on his door. He opened it to find a newspaper man and a city detective who demanded to see “the boy”. Of course, there was no boy, but the detective arrested Henry Gerber for indecent behavior anyway.... Read more »
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My Old House Part 2: Henry Gerber and a Dream Deferred

My Old House Part 2: Henry Gerber and a Dream Deferred
                    A Dream Deferred  What happens to a dream deferred?   Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Langston Hughes  Home, Not So Sweet Home, Chicago Henry Gerber returned to Chicago with a head full of ideas and a pocket full of dreams,... Read more »

My Old House

My Old House
My Old House True confession: I have carried on a love affair with my house at 1710 N. Crilly Court for the past thirty years. I love everything about it: its architecture, its history, its feel of old world elegance combined with contemporary convenience, its location, and, most of all, the feeling of home that... Read more »

The Virgin Mary: The Mother Nobody Knows

The Virgin Mary: The Mother Nobody Knows
            Mary: The Mother Nobody Knows While the Virgin Mary is worshipped as the Mother of Christ, almost nothing is actually known about her. She is usually portrayed as a beautiful woman with folded hands and a loving expression on her face. Shocked at first by the announcement that she... Read more »
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Leftovers: Mommies Dearest (Or Not)

Leftovers: Mommies Dearest (Or Not)
Leftovers You’re probably wondering why I’m publishing two pieces on Mothers a week after Mother’s Day. Well, I had them written, but for whatever reason, neglected to post them. And, it seems a shame to waste two perfectly good posts because I was doing—whatever I was doing. In fact, these two pieces are not about... Read more »