Category: Living in Interesting Times

Articles about people, places, and events that define the times in which we live.

The Day the Lights Went Out

The Day the Lights Went Out  A City on a Hill and a Light of the World The year was 1630. An exhausted group of travelers stood on the deck of the passenger ship Arbella and watched the Massachusetts coastline come into view. Weeks before, they had left England and crossed the ocean with their... Read more »

Letter to an Unknown Woman: Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Letter to an Unknown Woman Just one more walk around the garden, One more stroll along the shore, One more memory I can dream upon, until I dream no more.  Just one more time perhaps the dawn will wait,  And one more prayer it’s not too late, To gather one more rose before I say... Read more »

Living In (Surviving) Interesting Times

Living (Surviving) in Interesting Times  Happy Anniversary to Me When I wrote my first blog for Chicago Now in 2010, I had no idea how interesting the times we lived in would become. I really didn’t focus anything beyond my little corner of the world. I called the blog “My Kind of Old Town,” and... Read more »
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A Long, Long While From May to December

  A Long, Long While From May to December Traveling birds Oh, it’s a long long while From May to December But the days grow short When you reach September Kurt Weill, Maxwell Anderson Summer is gone. Oh yes, there will be a few more hot and humid days—dog days. As an aside, I always thought... Read more »

Can't Go Home Again--Or Can You

Can't Go Home Again--Or Can You
You Can’t Go Home Again—Or Can You?  You’ve often heard it said, “You can’t go home again.”  Many have tried, with mixed results. Perhaps the most famous example is that of Emily Webb in Thornton Wilder’s Our Town. After Emily passes on, she discovers it is possible to go back and take up her life... Read more »

Voting the way it was in George Washington's day

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Voting the way it was in George Washington's day

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 »
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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 »