An Address Book Full of Memories

An Address Book Full of Memories I keep my old address book in a wooden bureau beneath the dining room window. The book is almost 20 years old, time worn, and held together with (everyone’s favorite) duct tape. I almost asked for a new one a few years ago. A new address book would be... Read more »

Apollo 8 - 50 Years and Still Wonderful

This post is one of the winners from ChicagoNow’s 20 Best Posts of December 2018 Apollo 8 – 50 Years and Still Wonderful Wonderful.  What determines that something is Wonderful?  Dictionary.com gives some fitting synonyms:  Awe-Inspiring; Brilliant; Divine; Incredible; Magnificent; Miraculous. Wonderful is how our astronauts — Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and William Anders —... Read more »

MY CONVERSATIONS WITH A MUPPET

MY CONVERSATIONS WITH A MUPPET Recently I’ve had several conversations with a help-desk support technician.  He’s inherently polite and attentive.  Plus, he is always eager to assist.  His sing-song voice lets me know he’s chipper and ready to tackle anything. There’s just one issue I struggle with… He sounds like a Muppet. His voice is... Read more »
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IS IT STILL THANKSGIVING IF I DON'T FEEL GUILTY?

Is it still Thanksgiving if I don’t feel guilty? This is the question I ask myself this year, as we plan to take the easy route and place an order for our Thanksgiving dinner – turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans and fresh cranberries – all ordered from a well-loved local restaurant. The question nags... Read more »

The Worst Part of the Fall Season

Here we are again. Last night ChicagoNow’s editor presented us with a Blogapalooz topic: “Write about the best thing in Chicago during the fall.” There’s only rule on these Blogapalooz topics: write a post in one hour or less.  Of course, I’m late again in responding to the writing challenge.  The excuse I have this... Read more »

PIZZA FOR BREAKFAST

PIZZA FOR BREAKFAST It’s the 2-year anniversary of PIZZA FOR BREAKFAST.  Please enjoy the original, deep-dish version of the classic post that led the way… The other day I had an reflective thought: the mark of a good pizza is in how well it holds up for breakfast. Many of us realize this when a... Read more »
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Items I Could Do Without

‘Cause I Said So Welcome to my random thoughts page entitled “’Cause I Said So.”  These are general musings, rants, observations and otherwise unimportant details I notice about life.  Enjoy and share. Items I Could Do Without What is the point of some items that keep popping up in my life? It makes no logic... Read more »

Why Chicago? Why Now?

Take a look at a rerun from last Summer 2017.  In the wake of another weekend of heavy violence in our city, it’s important to reflect on what’s still out there. I took another ChicagoNow Blogapalooza challenge and selected the topic: Write About Your Tomorrow. Many of us may initially think it’s just another typical... Read more »

And, Just Like That, Cher Was Gone

Where did the Cher Show go to so quickly? Hearing good reviews about the colorful and exciting Cher Show showing at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre, I had hopes of procuring tickets for my daughter and myself.  I wanted to treat her to the glitzy world of Cher. She’s the performer who – in my book –... Read more »
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In Honor of Aunt Grace's Birthday...

A repeat from last year — in honor of my Aunt Grace’s Birthday. Enjoy. Earlier this year I wrote about my Aunt Grace and her commitment to Chicago and its great transit system, the CTA. What I didn’t provide was a little background on Aunt Grace and why she has (retrospectively) become such a good... Read more »