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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »
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Mother's Day: Great Men Remember Their Mothers

Mother's Day: Great Men Remember Their Mothers
Mother’s Day: I Remember Mama First and foremost, I remember Mama   John Van Druten This Sunday, May 10, we will honor our mothers—one way or another. Some will take their mother’s to brunch; others will present her with a gift. And, of course, there is the obligatory phone call when you will tell your mother... Read more »

Remembering Mama Part 3: Cybele, the Cougar Mother Goddess of Rome

Remembering Mama Part 3: Cybele, the Cougar Mother Goddess of Rome
From Rome with (Mother) Love Having covered the Egyptian (Isis) and Greek (Rhea) mother goddesses, I’ll move on the Roman version of the Great Mother of the Gods, Magna Mater, or as we might call her, “Big Mamma”. Her name was Cybele, and she was not at all like her predecessors. If you thought the... Read more »

Remembering Mama: Mothers Day Part 2

Remembering Mama: Mothers Day Part 2
Remembering Mama: Mother’s Day Part 2  One lamp — thy mother’s love — amid the stars
  Shall lift its pure flame changeless, and before
 The throne of God, burn through eternity Holy, as it was lit and lent thee here.
 Nathaniel Parker Willis
 Ode to a Grecian Mother Not to be outdone by the Egyptians... Read more »
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I Remember Mama: Reflections on Mother's Day--Part I

I Remember Mama: Reflections on Mother's Day--Part I
Behind Every Great Man First and foremost, I remember Mama.  John Van Druten In school, we were  taught about the great men of ancient history: the gods, the pharaohs, the emperors. There was Horus, god of the sky and the first pharoah of Egypt; and Zeus, the Greek god of gods who ruled from Mount... Read more »