You may find this odd, but I have a special kitchen cabinet at home.  Yes, I use it to store some of my favorite things. And I don’t allow anyone else in there.   It holds all my goodies. “What makes it so special?” Ahh, so glad you asked. THIS IS WHERE THE IMPORTANT ITEMS ARE KEPT... Read more »

How's Your Morning Commute Going?

This Post is one of the winners of ChicagoNow’s Best Posts for June 2019.  Enjoy. How’s Your Day Going? I sat on the Metra train this morning, trying to conjure up a writing idea for another blog post. What to write; what to write. I thought back to 2017, when I met a topic challenge... Read more »

Chicago: The City That Works

This post is one of the winners of ChicagoNow’s Best Posts of April 2019 Plus, the Trib used my photo as its feature.  Yay! CHICAGO:  THE CITY THAT WORKS We moved out of the city several years ago, but we go back often enough.  And each time we do, I’m still excited to hear the... Read more »

Jobs That Don't Make Any Sense - 'Cause I Said So

‘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. JOBS THAT DON’T MAKE SENSE Throughout the weeks I come across people doing random jobs that just don’t make any sense to me. ... Read more »

A Duet Between Friends

A DUET BETWEEN FRIENDS I love duets between two singers/musicians.  It’s fun to watch two people feed off each other’s energy and take their performance to a higher level.  A song is made that much more special when you can watch the performers’ expressions and realize what the song means to them.  Their passion for... Read more »

An Address Book Full of Memories

This post is a winner of ChicagoNow’s 20 Best Posts of February 2019.  Enjoy. 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... 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? 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 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 »


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 »