Archive for December 2014

The Milk Crate

The Milk Crate
The black milk crate sits upside-down and askew on the weather-eaten sidewalk. Someone once sat there, wearing two hats and mismatched gloves and a thin coat over as many layers of clothing as he owned. He would rock, disturbed by his own demons and memories. We’d give him a wide berth–is he mentally ill? Even... Read more »

Standby jury duty summons for the Chicago Criminal Court...while 9 months pregnant

Standby jury duty summons for the Chicago Criminal Court...while 9 months pregnant
A couple of weeks ago I got an important looking envelope from the city, with “Jury Duty Summons” emblazoned on the front. I’m supposed to report as a standby juror in the first week of January–when I’m 36 weeks pregnant. 9 months. Four weeks before the little girl is due. Pregnancy in of itself isn’t... Read more »

"My Husband's Not Gay": who's to judge their choices?

"My Husband's Not Gay": who's to judge their choices?
TLC is coming out with another one of those “so horrible I need to watch it” reality shows with “My Husband’s Not Gay.” If you haven’t heard about it yet, the premise is that these three gay Mormon men are married to women and raising families. I was skeptical at first. Are these guys trying... Read more »
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12 slightly altered Christmas songs

Joy to the world! The tree has come! With lights and dangly things. Let every cat prepare their paws, and every ornament fall. And every ornament fall, and every every ornament fall.
There are so many Christmas songs for every situation, but I can’t stand the tunes of most of them. So….I’ve more than slightly altered a number of Christmas (okay, and Advent) songs to make them more suitable. Enjoy!

Maggie Daley Park dog ban: even more Chicago broken promises

Maggie Daley Park dog ban: even more Chicago broken promises
The Maggie Daley Park dog ban pissed a lot of people off. Including me. Why? It was a sudden reversal, made in some murky politicking. It’s more broken promises in Chicago. I keep trying to come up with scenarios of why the reversal–and they all imaginatively involve some rich person who hates dogs paying off... Read more »

Protip: Don't wrap a gift in any old box

Protip: Don't wrap a gift in any old box
It was the worst way to give a gift to a teen girl. Let me back up. I’m sure you’ve seen homilies or sermons when the priest comes up to the ambo with two gifts, one wrapped in plain brown paper, and the other wrapped in the fanciest paper and bow. It’s a well-used crutch,... Read more »
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