Archive for April 2015

Reflections on a modern malady

  The trouble with social media (Singular ‘medium’) Is social tedia (Singular ‘tedium’).  

Is Jon Lester worth $155 million?

  Author’s note: The following was suggested by “Guest Post : What’s wrong with Jon Lester? from ChicagoNow’s “Cubs Den” by John Arguello   What’s wrong with Jon Lester? He’s been  knocked out twice. It is a fair question To ask at his price. Of course it’s too early The jury’s still out. But watching... Read more »

Vignettes of April in my garden

Hyacinths under a Cinderella apple tree
Spring with all its promise is a  gardener’s delight.  ‘April’ is derived from the Latin ‘aperio’= to open. Here are some opening acts in my garden.

A Toast to Hillary or What the GOP is

  It is official. She’s  announced For president, has Hillary. And now Republicans will buy More  stuff from a distillery.

Will the GOP Chickenhawks come home to roost again?

  The Republican party is ok with war; They want it to stay  on the table. They seem to be  gung ho for  others to  die Just so that their children ain’t able.  

How well do you know "Remarkable Plants That Shape Our World"?

  Test your knowledge of some of the plants described in the fascinating book “Remarkable Plants That Shape Our World” by Helen and William Bynum.   A score of 7 or more right qualifies you as a budding botanist. Answers ensue. 1. This wood is used in some of the famous Ludwig drums and for the... Read more »

An evening with Max Raabe and his Palast Orchester

We stood on the platform of the train station. The four of us, waiting for the Metra train to take us Downtown. The station doors were locked. So we huddled outside in the chill under its roof.  We had just come from the Bohemian restaurant on Burlington Road in Riverside.  Express trains whizzed by while... Read more »

A bison arrival the Rough Rider would have loved

  Chicago Tribune Headline: “Wild bison’s birth in Illinois offers dose of optimism”   The wild bison, majestic beast, Is back on our prairies. A few, at least. 30 were brought to Nachusa last fall On 3, 500 acres in all. And what’s even better a new calf was born On Illinois soil, more famous... Read more »

Voter apathy and the ruling class

  I wonder why these guys  don’t vote; Why so few yesterday at the polls? Who complain of those steering the boat When it loses its way in the shoals.

An Enchanted Evening Happened 66 years ago today. Coincidentally speaking.

  I played pinochle earlier today. Wound up winning  $8. In one of the games I caught all the kings. All 8 of ’em! That gave me 80 points toward the 100 needed to win a game. Which I did the very next hand. Now that’s a lot of luck with a little skill mixed... Read more »