Category: Current events and social commentary

Purpose ≠ cause (ongoing topic)

Following a post titled “Busy but still missing a purpose” two weeks ago, I’ve been pondering the topic and decided to share some thoughts that might be helpful to others as well. This post isn’t going to wrap up with a tidy conclusion; indeed, there may be future posts that contradict it. The search for... Read more »

On architecture and two lighter topics

What do architecture, spelling, and window cleaners have in common? Not much, except this post. Snippets solve the dilemma of not having enough to say on a single topic. ***** ARCHITECTURE FOR ALL OF US Without featuring all kinds of skyscrapers in a city known for its architecture, my Chicago Greeter tours of the Loop... Read more »

Pinochle really is what I want to play

I suppose I’m naive, but I was shocked when the ad I published on Craigslist looking for pinochle partners was misinterpreted. Quite a few people thought I was looking for partners for something else. The ad said: PINOCHLE ANYONE? We are two South Loopers interested in playing pinochle and looking for two more to make... Read more »
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Pragmatism over idealism — defeating Trump is the priority

I didn’t expect to see the day when the Democratic Party moved to the left of me. Or maybe it would be more accurate to say that I don’t think the 2020 Democratic platform should include such proposals from the left as single-payer healthcare, free public college, and zero-carbon emissions, although I hope they’ll come... Read more »

Trendy vs. tried and true

Game of Thrones sure is in our faces as its final season begins. Whether it’s the greatest television show of all times, I couldn’t judge. I haven’t seen a single episode. I never was good at keeping up with what TV shows are in. ER was several seasons along before I became a fan. Neither... Read more »

No apologies for learning about Navajos through Hillerman mysteries

Last week the Art Institute announced it was postponing an exhibit on Mimbres pottery of the ancient Southwest because it wanted more input from Native people. As I read about that appropriate action, my thoughts soon turned from art to literature and the late author Tony Hillerman. Far from being accused of cultural appropriation as... Read more »
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Sweat, at the Goodman, reconnects me with my roots

Bewilderment with Trump voters is a staple of the conversations my friends and I have. Who are these people? How can they think that Trump cares about them? How can they stay with him? Why can’t they see? I was as likely as anyone to shrug my shoulders when someone asked, “Who are these people?,”... Read more »

On “helping” students with college application essays

Many Americans had never heard of college admission consultants before William Rick Singer was accused of cheating to get the kids of wealthy clients into elite universities. It’s in recent years that the business of advising college-bound students has mushroomed, with the number of independent consultants quadrupling since 2015, the Chicago Tribune reported. They help... Read more »

South Looper looking for a winter hangout

The biggest lack in my condo building is a community room, and the lack is especially felt when we’ve had it up to here with winter. There’s no where to go inside the building when you’re climbing your own walls. On days without plans, I’ve been putting on winter gear and venturing outside to hunt... Read more »
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Michelle Obama, the American Dream, and black millennials

I’d like to hear a conversation between Michelle Obama and Reniqua Allen. Who’s Reniqua Allen?, you ask. She’s the author of the recently published book It Was All a Dream: A New Generation Confronts the Broken Promise to Black America. Coincidentally, on the day I finished reading Obama’s memoir Becoming, I noticed an essay by... Read more »