Archive for October 2017

Should we laugh at Trump or cry or scream?

I took in Comedy Central The Daily Show’s pop-up exhibit “The Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library” during its very brief three-day installation at Union Station. It was priceless, even though I was already aware of many of the tweets. Trump spews his under-140-character absurdities so often that the latest one overshadows previous outrages. Collected... Read more »

What woman can't say "me, too" about harassment?

You’ve probably heard about “#MeToo.” In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse scandal, millions of women have spoken up on social media about the sexual harassment and assault they’ve endured. Of course I’ve been sexually harassed. What woman hasn’t? To be clear: What I’ve experienced is not in the same category as sexual... Read more »

It took a while before blogging became a passion

This is my 100th post on ChicagoNow. At some point during the year and a half I’ve been writing this blog, it dawned on me that I’m not having to motivate myself to produce a post. That I’m going through my days being alert for experiences and observations that might grow into a post. An... Read more »
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Planning cold-weather protection for potted plants

Last year I groused about not succeeding with container gardening on a high-rise balcony. (“Sure is hard to garden up high in shade and wind.”) The annuals — coleus and impatiens mostly — didn’t grow or outright died in the railing planters. In the balcony floor planters, the perennials looked more promising, provided they survived the winter.... Read more »

Credit monitoring: tedious, time-consuming, and necessary

As I write, there is a pile of clippings next to the keyboard that I look at as if they were radioactive. They’re filled with recommendations for protecting ourselves following the Equifax breach. The earliest clipping is from shortly after the breach became public September 7. Then I got as far as step 1 of... Read more »