Archive for July 2014

Do You Understand Cuisinese? Take This Quiz and Find Out.

When it comes to food and drink, I’m basically  a meat and potatoes guy.  I rarely experiment on my palate.  A  given whenever I eat out  is that I avoid the spicy food   for the life of me.  Literally.  I suffer from severe allergies to hot peppers and all their derivatives. Once I got... Read more »

Sex: Getting a Heart On

  Medical Note: “Less than 1 percent of all heart attacks occur during sexual activity. The risk is as low for men who have suffered a heart attack as it is for those without heart disease.” [from the advice column of Dr. Anthony Komaroff] Having sharp pains in your chest? Refrain from sex in your... Read more »

Stopping By Wyatt Earp's Birthplace On A Summer's Morning

We were in Monmouth, Illinois over the weekend. We attended a family wedding reception at a Knights of Columbus hall. Leaving town Sunday morning, our son-in-law Nate suggested we drive by the house where the legendary Wyatt Earp was born, not too far from the Maple City Restaurant where we had just finished  a hearty... Read more »

A "Good Eating" Tip From the Tribune

  (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 »

25 Curiosities About the Signers of the Declaration of Independence

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 »

Yoda and Darth Vader Will Soon Be Chicagoans

  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.

Today Marks the Anniversary of One of World War I's Bloodiest Battles

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 »