Archive for June 2017

Hedy Weiss has the right to criticize

If I had read Sun-Times critic Hedy Weiss’s review of Pass Over before hell broke loose in the theater community over it, I probably would not have pronounced it bigoted. Weiss may have missed the mark in some of her unfavorable comments about the current Steppenwolf production, but critics miss the mark at times. Much... Read more »

An introvert searches for ways to resist

Calls for toning down the political rhetoric — in reaction to last week’s shooting of Republican Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana and four others in Washington, DC — have felt perversely comforting to me. Oh, I’m not agreeing with the Republicans who blame the left’s anti-Trump rhetoric for the environment that led to Scalise’s shooting.... Read more »

Noticing on my own needs attention

When I think of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Acropolis, the Pyramids, Stonehenge, Notre Dame in Paris, the Grand Canyon, and other famous places come to mind. There are only a couple dozen World Heritage Sites in the United States, and only one, Cahokia Mounds, in Illinois. So, I was amazed to read in the... Read more »
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Beware of buying clubs

When I was visiting my parents a couple of months ago, my 89-year-old mother pointed to a pile of magazines she didn’t remember subscribing to: Wired (she has neither computer nor smartphone); Vogue, Allure, Elle, and Women’s Health (not exactly targeted to her age group); Bon Appétit (she hardly cooks anymore); and others. She wanted... Read more »