Posts in category "Chicago"

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 »

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 »

10 observations about new Writers Museum

The May 16 opening of the marvelous American Writers Museum, the only one of its kind in the country, has been well publicized. So, instead of an superfluous announcement of its existence, here are 10 random observations from my first visit: • It appears that a decent effort was made to include nonwhites and women.... Read more »
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After the march

After the march
What an exhilarating day Saturday was. After 10½ weeks of postelection shock, sadness, and despair, the Women’s March on Chicago left me feeling hopeful again. Grant Park was so jammed my five friends and I, perched on Columbus Drive just north of Congress, never figured out where the speakers’ platform was. I couldn’t hear every... Read more »

Practicing talking to strangers

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about the difficulty of finding meaningful personal interaction every day — one of the three essentials, along with exercise and mental stimulation, that a speaker prescribed for a happy retirement. Not long after that I heard about a book, When Strangers Meet: How People You Don’t Know... Read more »

South Shore outing may inspire other “foreign” excursions

Except for Hyde Park, the South and West Sides of Chicago are mostly foreign territory to me. I want to explore them but aren’t sure where it’s safe to venture. But since a couple I know lives happily in South Shore, and since the Stony Island Arts Bank there has received so much publicity, South... Read more »
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Sidewalks are for walking, skateboarders

It’s great that skateboarders got a splendid skateboard park in the far-south end of Grant Park and that it’s so well used. I wish they would walk their skateboards to the park, though. The park is only two blocks from my home, so skateboarders coming and going are a regular presence. They share the sidewalks... Read more »

World Series: thinking about a happy fan and a sad one

My 96-year-old father is a lifelong Cubs fan, although in recent years he hasn’t seemed fired up about the Cubs or the Bears, Bulls, Illini, or Notre Dame — the teams he traditionally followed — but he keeps watching them. So, even as I wanted him to see the Cubs win the World Series, I wasn’t sure... Read more »

Separation from the news — not a permanent breakup

A friend and I recently spent five days at my sister’s vacation home in Brown County, Indiana. From the time we left Chicago on Thursday morning until we turned on the presidential debate on Sunday night, I didn’t check TV, radio, phone, or print for news. So, I didn’t hear about the Trump video brouhaha... Read more »
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Is Hamilton a must see? Is anything?

It’s not news that Hamilton is the hottest ticket in town. But is the musical a must see? Is anything a must see? Browse in a bookstore or on Amazon and you’ll see scores of books with titles like • 1,000 Places to See Before You Die •1,000 Places to See in the United States... Read more »