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Biennial needs more clarity for us laypeople

The Chicago Architecture Biennial, executive director Todd Palmer said in a WTTW interview, is “a kind of hands-on, fun, accessible way to get the public thinking about what’s new in the field of architecture.” Accessibility to the public is a laudable goal, but unfortunately, too many of the exhibits are obscure to me — even... Read more »

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 »

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 »

Making friends in a new location

My niece is a freshman at Indiana University, and like most freshmen, Alex wants to make new friends. While many people from her hometown chose IU, none of her best friends did — and besides, she wants to branch out. Alex said she’s met a lot of nice people, people she has gone out with,... Read more »

Springfield is a journey with the real Lincoln

When I was planning a vacation in Springfield about 20 years ago, a coworker asked, “Why would you go there?” She might wonder again why I went back last week. The four Australians and the three Brits on the National Park Service tour I took of the Lincoln home, and the two Canadians I met... Read more »

Light-hearted Austen read-alikes

On Thursday the new Jane Austen bank note, which I wrote about earlier, will go into circulation in the UK. This then seems a fitting time for another occasional post suggesting writers for Janeites to check out. Previous posts looked at Barbara Pym, the author I find most like Austen, and Elizabeth Bowen, Penelope Fitzgerald,... Read more »

Bliss on the balcony

As I walk around my neighborhood looking at all the high-rises, it surprises me how few people are out on their balconies, even on beautiful weekends. The balconies look like places for grills, not for humans. My balcony is my sanctuary. It’s not exaggerating to say that a little more than 60 square feet of... Read more »