Archive for December 2015

Be Careful What You Wish For: What Happens If Rahm Emmanuel Is Out

Be Careful What You Wish For: What Happens If Rahm Emmanuel Is Out
I’m old enough to remember the chaos that ensued 28 years ago when beloved mayor Harold Washington died in office the day before Thanksgiving. By city law the vice mayor takes over when the mayor is suddenly no longer in office. The vice mayor is voted on by the city council after every election. Currently... Read more »

Christmas is About Who Is Here

Christmas is About Who Is Here
One of the most difficult things about the holidays for me is the number of relatives that I have lost through the years. I heard a quote around this Thanksgiving that stated “You have to celebrate who is here at the table”. It’s easier said than done, yes I have my wonderful young son who... Read more »

What it’s Like to Work Retail at Christmas

What it’s Like to Work Retail at Christmas
Between 1995 & 2005 I worked Christmas in retail eight out of those 10 years. And though it’s been awhile I never forgot those experiences. It can be “Jingle Hell” & not a “Silent Night”, but it makes you appreciate quiet holidays. The first two years I was at the old Montgomery Wards in Lincoln... Read more »
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Not Trying To Have The Perfect Christmas

Not Trying To Have The Perfect Christmas
Now that I’m a dad, Christmas means so much more but also I’m trying not to fall in the trap of trying to make the perfect Christmas for my son. Or worse trying to recreate what I thought what an ideal Christmas from my youth. My late father (and this is the second Christmas that... Read more »

The Comfort Of Frying Chicken

The Comfort Of Frying Chicken
We all know about “comfort food”, good home style cooking like meatloaf, pot roast and my favorite fried chicken. Meals we grew up eating with our friends and family, the lunches or dinners on significant holidays or just everyday food that is really good. But I now have comfort food on a new level, actually... Read more »

The Life Of Brother Rice High School's Coach Will Kellogg

The Life Of Brother Rice High School's Coach Will Kellogg
I heard this morning that longtime Brother Rice teacher and Coach Will Kellogg has passed. I knew Coach Kellogg in his later years at Rice as a gym teacher. I had no idea of all of his hard work and dedication when I was in his freshman gym class because he was as humble a... Read more »
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Chicago Loves Its Firemen

Chicago Loves Its Firemen
There is no doubt that here in Chicago we love our firemen. We may have issues with law enforcement but I’ve always seen plenty of love for the firefighters. I grew up a few blocks from Engine Company 115 in West Pullman, they were over on Peoria Street just north of 120th Street, and we’d... Read more »

Best Used Cars: 2006-2013 Chevrolet Impala

Best Used Cars: 2006-2013 Chevrolet Impala
For the past few days I’ve been driving a 2013 Chevrolet Impala LTZ (thanks Marty), and though I’ve written about Impalas before (the 1994-96 SS), this is a more reasonable but no less nice car. This wasn’t my first experience driving an Impala of this generation, I almost bought a General Motors (GM), certified 2008... Read more »

Today Starts the Year of Mercy In the Catholic Faith

Today Starts the Year of Mercy In the Catholic Faith
Today December 8th (feast of the Immaculate Conception a holy day of obligation in the Catholic Church), begins what Pope Francis calls “The Holy Year of Mercy”. This year will conclude on the feast Christ the King on November 20, 2016. Pope Francis has said this about this coming year: “Dear brothers and sisters, I... Read more »
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A Southsider's Review of Spike Lee's Chi-raq

A Southsider's Review of Spike Lee's Chi-raq
As a native to the south side of Chicago and almost numb to the long time violence I went into viewing Spike Lee’s Chi-raq almost defensively. I was nicely surprised that this isn’t a bad movie, Spike knows how to tell a story and he is often controversial and his stories are often sexually supercharged... Read more »