Advertising in the time of coronavirus

Advertising in the time of coronavirus
Even in the best of times, I’m a curmudgeon, bristling with pet peeves. Want to annoy me? Slaughter the English language. In fact, that category is so broad that I’ll have to save it for a multi-part post. Today I’ll focus on a tiny nit: advertising in the time of the coronavirus.   At the... Read more »

Newsquake!

Newsquake!
In the week since I last posted, we’ve been slammed by a tsunami of major news events: a presidential debate unlike any other, a positive Covid-19 test for the president and for an ever growing number of his confederates, a helicopter evacuation from the White House to Walter Reed and back again — the list... Read more »

Growing up with Park Forest: Part 3

Growing up with Park Forest: Part 3
As a babe in arms, I was one of the first residents of Park Forest, a planned community 30 miles south of Chicago. After high school, I was too cool for the suburbs, and except for brief visits home, I lost touch with Park Forest the way one loses touch with a distant relative.  ... Read more »
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Growing up with Park Forest: Part 2

Growing up with Park Forest: Part 2
Last week, I wrote about growing up in Park Forest when it was a newly minted community and, in my mind, a children’s paradise. I decided to check that memory against the recollections of friends and discovered that they used strikingly similar language. “Park Forest was a magical place to grow up,” says Jill Carlson,... Read more »

Growing up with Park Forest: Part 1

Growing up with Park Forest: Part 1
I was born in Chicago, but I grew up in — and with — Park Forest. My family swaddled me and moved 30 miles south to the planned community in 1948, the year it opened for business. That business was to provide housing to returning GIs and their growing Boomer families after World War II.... Read more »

Shades of gray

My last trip to a hair salon was February 7, 2020. On my Google Calendar, I made a note: “Went half a shade lighter with goal of going lighter each time until age 75, then going gray.” The plan to go gray by age 75 seemed, at the time, like a reasonable compromise. For years... Read more »
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Time to face the music

I never thought I was a great singer, so I hesitated before I joined a choir a few years ago. But it was for a good cause — my congregation’s High Holiday services — with a limited yearly engagement. Even though I can’t read music, I was sure that if I stood next to an... Read more »

A tower by any other name

In a normal summer, I’d be on the deck of a green-trimmed boat on the Chicago River, a microphone in hand. I’m a docent volunteer at the Chicago Architecture Center, and I don’t need to fake my enthusiasm for the city’s architectural gems. But there’s one spot on the river where things get choppy and... Read more »

Memo to an ex-president

  To: Donald J. Trump From: White House Guest Services Date: January 20, 2021 Subject: Past due invoice It has come to our attention that before you decamped to Mar-a-Lago last November, you did not settle our invoice for supplementary services provided to you. We attach a spreadsheet. This memo serves to explain charges that... Read more »
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Was that so hard?

I don’t know about you, but I’m doing everything I can to avoid contracting COVID-19. Rather than cower in fear, however, I’m living my life as fully possible, thanks to practices that have helped generations avoid scourges. As a public service, I summarize these for you. Spit three times over your left shoulder. Plenty of... Read more »