10 things I just don't understand.

My old man always used to say that the world’s gone mad.  He died 10 years ago, and it’s even more true today.  Dad never would have believed that a smarmy reality-show guy now occupies the Oval Office, for example. Or have understood the ins and outs of Caitlyn Jenner (I’m not at all bothered... Read more »

What I've learned from my mother as she lives with Parkinson's Disease

My mom is 89 and has Parkinson’s Disease. She was diagnosed about eight years ago, and now lives in an assisted living facility near me. I never really understood the terms acceptance and grace until I watched Mom navigate this daunting disease. Funny thing is, my mother never was particulary brave, tolerant or patient. But... Read more »


Here is our ChicagoNow writing challenge this month: What are three pieces of advice you would give to your 16 year old self? Dear 16 year-old Michelle, My first thoughts here were don’t get knocked-up, don’t get addicted to anything and try not to end up in womens’ prison.  While those are pretty good, I... Read more »
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It's not the Second Amendment that's in peril, it's the First - thanks to Roseanne Barr's big mouth and ABC

As you probably know, Second Amendment proponents are, pardon the expression, up in arms that their right to bear arms will, any second now, be shot out from under them. That sentiment – although knee-jerk – is understandable, given public outrage to the near-daily horror of shootings this country continues to endure.  And, surely, while... Read more »

Behold my internal dialogue!

I don’t know about you, but my day pretty much consists of a psychotic internal commentary on le poop du jour.  Everything from, “This schmuck must have taken driver’s ed from Stevie Wonder!” to, “Why did I wear this bra?  I HATE this bra.” In fact, internal dialogue can also save lives, especially in the... Read more »

Melania takes a call.

New York, NY.  Friday, 9:20 am.  First Lady Melania Trump is ensconsed in the penthouse of Trump Tower.  She is breakfasting on Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee and oatmeal with mango chutney when her gilded phone rings. Melania Trump:  Yes? Donald Trump:  Hello, Melania.  It’s President Trump. MT:  Yes.  I remember.  Hello Donalt. DT:  How are... Read more »

The gnarly rise of deadly fake pot, and my memories of days gone high

I was a teenager of the 70’s.  That should tell you a few things. First, that I am rapidly approaching decrepitude. Second, that I hold a Ph.D. in Tetrahydrocannabinol Studies. We came by our pot organically (often, literally organically).  Everybody “knew a guy.”  None of this current fake pot laced with, of all things, rat... Read more »

Want to blog? Then deal in reality.

Here at ChicagoNow, there has been quite the kerfuffle over the past few days involving a post by one of our fellow bloggers, in which she stated her case for possibly leaving this platform. I’ve read this gal since her inception here, and she’s really good, so I hope she decides to stay.  But if... Read more »

An open letter to annoying people

Dear Annoying People, Hello!  Michelle from the Planet Michelle blog here.  You know; that hilarious blog brought to you courtesy of ChicagoNow.com?  Whattya mean, you’ve never heard of it?  I’ve been busting my wordsmith-cojones here for nearly three years!  Remember that cool post I recently did on late, great, Chicago guitarist Terry Kath?  How about... Read more »

Welcome to Spinter!

Ah, springtime in Chicago! That lovely season that lasts about 21 days, beginning somewhere at the ass-end of April, no matter that the NOAA and your desk calendar and (trumpet fanfare, please) TOM SKILLING insisted that it began on March 20th. For we, the shivering, huddled masses of the Midwest know better. Some years, winter... Read more »