Are You an Anti-Semite?

Comedian Jeff   Foxworthy  has a bit where he rhetorically asks his audiences if they are rednecks by throwing out what are believed to be truisms about rednecks, such as, “If you pour Jack Daniels on your corn flakes in the morning, you might be a redneck,” and so on. Why not a same set of... Read more »

How to Relax-- from the Outside In

Chicago has been a bit jumpy lately, what with nasty partisan elections and the upcoming Polar Vortex Two threatening a Chiberia II and a Bears Football Team that can’t play straight (or at all) — but there is a way to get through it all, and it was largely developed in Chicago about ninety years... Read more »

Snackville Junction comes to the end of the line

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Few people ride the rails anymore, but there are a dedicated group that eat what the rails deliver. But not for long. Snackville Junction, 9144 S. Kedzie Avenue, Evergreen Park, was born when rail travel was still strong, with the simple idea of sending hot dogs and hamburgers around a track to hungry kids of... Read more »
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Have You Forgiven Your Private Judas?

Today is Good Friday. In the Christian world it is the day that Jesus Christ was tortured and put to death on a cross two thousand years ago, just outside the city walls of Jerusalem. Jesus was betrayed by one of his loyal followers, Judas Iscariot.   In the Garden, Judas came up to Jesus... Read more »

5 Things You Will Need for Creche Hunting Season

5 Things You Will Need for Creche Hunting Season
You can see them if you pay close attention.  They are the Creche Hunters. They are among us, standing next to us in line at the store, sitting in the Chevy Volt next to you at the traffic light and maybe even next to you at your favorite watering hole; you cannot see them immediately,... Read more »

50 years ago today CS Lewis died...

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Who, some may ask, is CS Lewis? Though gone now fifty years, the argument can be made that CS Lewis, an agnostic turned Christian apologist, has had more influence on the world than any US President. His seminal work, “Mere Christianity”, continues to sell in the millions, decades after its publication. Also, “The Chronicles of Narnia”,... Read more »
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St. Christopher tries for a career comeback....

St. Christopher tries for a career comeback....
St. Christopher used to be everywhere, but now not so much. From Saints off Record…   Saint Sam Striver was at his desk as usual at 6:30am, sharp. On most days Saint Christopher passed by on one or more means of transportation — sometimes a cloud, sometimes his red Ferrari, sometimes even his skateboard. Today... Read more »

How My Heart Got Unlocked

“Man, what kind of person are you?” I’ve never forgotten those words. I was fifteen, working underage at Montgomery Wards at the Evergreen Plaza; it was just after closing time, and I wanted to get out and home. Suddenly, a middle-aged man came rushing into the Hardware Department, where I was closing out the register.... Read more »

My Last Night in Havana, Cuba

My Last Night in Havana, Cuba
I am at the end of a legal trip to Cuba. I went  as part of a ministry to take needed items  for the Cuban people, things that are really needed, things we take for granted, such as lotions, soap, OTC medication and medical supplies.  To do this we bring items personally in suitcases and... Read more »
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Hunting Ghost Airports of Chicagoland

Hunting Ghost Airports of Chicagoland
Just like humans, airports have come to life only to die — and become shopping malls and housing developments and sometimes just empty fields, the old runways covered by corn. The survivors, Midway and O’Hare and  Chicago Executive Airport in northwest Wheeling,  are among the best known of what were once scrappy grass and sometimes... Read more »