(The following verse is based on the article “Forgotten fruit” in today’s Chicago Tribune’s ‘Good Eating’ section.) A stone fruit we don’t eat a lot Is the forgotten apricot. In supermarkets we will reach For every cherry, plum, or peach But seldom do we save a spot In diets for the apricot. Those chefs... Read more »
As we prepare to celebrate our nation’s birthday this year, it’s a good time to recall who these brave and fearless signers of our birth certificate were. Living and breathing, flesh and blood real human beings. With different backgrounds, personalities, fortunes, and loves. What follows are 25 ways to know them better. 1. Over 20... Read more »
From the hours of A.M. to P.M. R2D2 and Han Solo, see ‘em. Tween the Lake and the Drive Will the Force come alive At George Lucas’s Star Wars Museum.
It was 98 years ago today that one of the fiercest, bloodiest battles of World War I was fought: The First Battle of the Somme. It was trench warfare. And France was the battleground. The trenches stretched across France from northwest to the Swiss border. The First Battle of the Somme would drag on for... Read more »
A day doesn’t go by, but I think of you. Now summer is here and you grow lovelier lying in the sun or wind-blown in the shade. Sometimes after a shower, your bedraggled look enchants and your scent — so fresh and sweet.—ravishes the air and captivates with its sensuousness. I’ve communed with you... Read more »
Wall Street is booming again. Setting records every few days. Wealth is being created on an enormous scale. But the market’s high tide is not lifting all boats. The gap between the rich and poor in America keeps widening. The 400 most wealthy Americans own more productive capital than the bottom 150 million Americans... Read more »
Note: My thanks to ChicagoNow blogger Kerri Morris whose post “Kyrie Eleison: In the Catacombes de Paris” provided the inspiration for the following verse. Under the streets of Gay Paree The tourists trek through catacombs. Neat stacks of bones are there to see Whose owners once had better homes. Their femurs cannot ever flee... Read more »
Your town is boring if the grass watches you grow. Your town is boring if the traffic cop tickets himself for speeding. Your town is boring if the barn dance had to be cancelled due to arthritis. Your town is boring if the most interesting part of your house is the bedpan. Your town... Read more »
Some people put cream in their joe At a restaurant or on the go. But now there’s a trend For a buttery blend. What will they use next? Oleo?
In the vastness of space are spectacular tracts of dust, gas, and ionized hydrogen and helium. Astronomers have given them evocative names. Can you guess what they are? A perfect score will give you a place among the stars. Answers follow a picture of Charles Messier who catalogued some of the following. 1. a)... Read more »