Archive for November 2016

The Weeping Bungalow

The bungalow, first developed in India, became a proud 20thC fixture in many of our city’s neighborhoods. Thousands still sparkle today as testament to their sturdy brick & mortar commitment to where they stand. Starting with Mayor Daley I, bungalow owners have worked to preserve and protect this architectural heritage. I know, because one of... Read more »

A Salute To The Unseen

SALUTE TO THE UNSEEN We live in an age of cameras. There are all kinds in all places, capturing the spectacle of all the latest campus shootings, hostage crises, and terrorist attacks. And yet there are no cameras that capture the calm heroics of our round-the-clock 911 operators. These are the emotionless voices we hear... Read more »

Salute To The Unseen

We live in an age of cameras. There are all kinds in all places, capturing the spectacle of all the latest campus shootings, hostage crises, and terrorist attacks. And yet there are no cameras that capture the calm heroics of our round-the-clock 911 operators. These are the emotionless voices we hear as we watch in... Read more »
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Talking About Winter.....

Talking about Winter… Of the four seasons, Winter is probably the least popular. Spring and Autumn usually score the highest. Summer has its passionate followers. That leaves our annual snow-and-ice season far fewer devotees. And for good reason. Municipalities need extra funds for salt, plows, and over-time. Insurance companies see a spike in damage claims.... Read more »

Talking About Walls.....

Talking about “walls”….. Seventy-five years ago America was preparing for another lean Christmas, due to the lingering effects of the Great Depression. But at least we could take comfort behind the two ocean walls nature had provided us. All the more so in that frenzied 1941, as foreign wars raged both in Europe and in... Read more »

The Five Most Important Words In Your Life

Let the record show that all stories are true, and some even happened. This is a story to remember to your grave. An ancient emperor asked his wise men to provide him with the one great truth that could guide him through the rest of his life. He gave them a year. After they studied... Read more »
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THIS WAS ARCHIE BUNKER'S ELECTION

WAS THIS AN ARCHIE BUNKER ELECTION….? Look, it’s just human nature to search for explanations to what’s happening in your world. They usually come in the form of some committee report or conspiracy theory or maybe just a fictional character. I submit to you: Archie Bunker. Don’t get me wrong. Sure he represents what the... Read more »

A World War II Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving 1943 was a sparse one in Chicago. The War had been bleeding for two frightening years with no sign of victory in sight. Not yet 13, I had already watched uncles and cousins leave for the Battle Front. But back here on the westside’s Home Front, my only personal encounters were the occasional scrap... Read more »

The 74 Days We Are About To Live

History is not always studied; sometimes it’s lived. Right now, the way voters live the 74 days between Election and Inauguration, could help shape the history of a generation. I’m betting these days will be lived out better than many of the doomsayers are predicting. Here’s why…. At 86, ‚ÄčI have the advantage of having... Read more »
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2016's ONLY SURE WINNER ~ GUARANTEED

Am I the only baseball fan who was watching the managers more than the players…? As 2016 hurries to a close, we will soon be looking at the annual litany of winners and losers. In Politics, Sports, Medicine, and the Economy. Some believe a discerning look will indisputably suggest the biggest winner will again be... Read more »