Archive for April 2014
The wind can be gentle, A lover’s caress. The wind can turn violent, A madman, no less. It can whisper softly. At times, can be still. And then, for no reason, In rage, it can kill.
Spring is here! The buds are breaking Open on the trees and shrubs. All the world Is fresh and new again Except the same old Cubs.
How holy are you? Geographically, that is. Take the following quiz and see. Match the American city named after a saint with its description. If you get at least five right, you are a ‘Servant of God’. 10 right = ‘Venerable’. 15 right=’Blessed’. And with a perfect score, you earn your canonization and become... Read more »
Never before has baseball had so many acronyms to keep track of. It’s enough to give any fan a brain cramp. When I was young and baseball suffused my summer days, I could rattle off HR, SO, BB, IP, RBI, ERA. 1B, 2B, 3B, E, and a handful of other statistical shortcuts. But nowadays, sabermetrics... Read more »
I made sure I caught Sean Hannity on Fox last night. I expected to see him eat crow over the Cliven Bundy misstep. That is, Crow with a Jim before it. Hannity had promoted the misguided sovereign citizen Bundy who was defying the Federal government over grazing fees on its land. Understand, that’s land... Read more »
It’s the day after Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, or is it? Fact is his day of birth is pure conjecture. Based on baptismal records, as I seem to recall. So consider taking the following quiz a way to commemorate the Bard’s Aprilish birthday. I must admit that the following quiz is a knock-off. Kudos to ChicagoNow ... Read more »
I came upon the comic strip above—Prickly City— in this morning’s Tribune. It’s clever, no doubt. And I like its satirical edge. Packs a punch. Of course, its main target is the Affordable Care Act. But it manages to incorporate some sharp thrusts at the overreach of drones and the pandemic snooping of the... Read more »
Consider, friends, the humble cow Who’s fed for our consumption corn That’s sprayed with chemicals from Dow So we could have milk in the morn.
I was sitting today in the waiting room of one of those off-campus medical buildings every hospital seems to have. My mother-in-law was in for some blood work. It wasn’t going to be long. There were so few people in the vicinity to attract attention that I reflexively looked around for some magazine to... Read more »
So far the poor Cubbies have taken a hosing Because of a problem that’s rather imposing. They tried Jose Veras Of whom they now spare us. But who will succeed him? I’m asking, in closing.