Recycling Roulette

Recycling Roulette
When Folks Want to Help the Environment but Can’t Figure Out the Rules I must confess I have been recycling incorrectly for years. I really want to do my share, but the rules are so confusing and the markings on containers are hard to find and difficult for old eyes to read. Consequently, I have... Read more »

Yesterday: An Endearing Movie and an Antidote for our Climate of Hate and Fear

Yesterday: An Endearing Movie and an Antidote for our Climate of Hate and Fear
Movie critics missed the boat in their reviews of Yesterday. Chicago critics in the Tribune and Sun Times gave it 2.5 stars. So, when I saw it with three generations of Beatles fans in my family, including my granddaughter who was born 33 years after The Beatles broke up, we all thought it would be... Read more »

Medical Portals Need to Connect

Medical Portals Need to Connect
Over the past year, I have received healthcare from doctors and professionals who use five different online reporting systems or medical portals for their patients. Getting blood work from one lab goes into System A and a different lab goes to System B. To retrieve messages, test results, and reminders, I have to remember log-ins... Read more »
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Detention Centers for Children: America's Shame

Detention Centers for Children: America's Shame
Seventy-two years ago today, Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl was published. I remember reading it when I was thirteen, around the age she started writing her thoughts while in hiding from the Nazis during World War II. And then I asked my parents why. Why didn’t anyone do anything to stop the... Read more »

Noisy Restaurants for Seniors: I Can’t Hear You

Noisy Restaurants for Seniors: I Can’t Hear You
Restaurant owners, if seniors who have the money to spend buying pricey meals are avoiding your establishment, it’s most likely because your place is too noisy for them to carry on a conversation with their dining companions. Not only have you sacrificed sound proofing for a design that is more industrial-looking. You also have background... Read more »

Happy Birthday Paul McCartney

Happy Birthday Paul McCartney
Today Sir Paul turns 77. Yikes! I still remember, as if it were yesterday (pardon the pun) the first time I heard Paul McCartney’s angelic voice. It was 1963, when I was just seventeen. I walked into a freshman mixer at the University of Michigan. That was my introduction to The Beatles, who had just... Read more »
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Jeopardy for Seniors

Jeopardy for Seniors
My father was a huge fan of Jeopardy. He had an extraordinary memory for certain categories: history, sports, art, classical literature, and music and entertainment from the 1940s. I remember him shouting out the answers he knew and grumbling about categories like popular culture that were out of his wheelhouse. Much like his obsession with... Read more »

Why There are Fewer School Volunteers and Why it Matters

Why There are Fewer School Volunteers and Why it Matters
The early childhood program I founded, Cherry Preschool,  relied on an army of volunteers. We thought of ourselves as the Amish barn raisers from the 1985 movie Witness, sadly minus Harrison Ford. Volunteers painted every room in the school, scrounged yard sales for toys, drove a borrowed pickup truck to bring donated furniture and appliances, built... Read more »

Parking in Evanston is a Nightmare

Parking in Evanston is a Nightmare
I just paid $75 to have coffee with my friends. Because there were no street spots on Dempster near Curt’s Café South, where I usually park, I turned onto a side street. What luck. There was one spot left on the block so I took it. Because I was running late, I didn’t walk up... Read more »
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Why Facebook Ghost Accounts are a Good Thing

Why Facebook Ghost Accounts are a Good Thing
Recently, I joined a writers’ group in which many of us have talked about creating memoirs. Some take the form of poems and others range from the comic to the poignant. What they share is a desire to leave something behind for our children and grandchildren to understand our lives and the lives of those... Read more »