Confessions of a ChicagoNow Blogger

Confessions of a ChicagoNow Blogger
When I first started blogging for ChicagoNow, I thought it was a great opportunity to get my message out to a larger audience. That message, namely, to paraphrase Ferris Bueller: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and notice what’s going on in your moments, you could miss the really important stuff.” What I... Read more »

The True Story of how "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" Really Went Down

The True Story of how "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" Really Went Down
Let me get this straight. You show up at my house, at night, with no warning. It’s snowing like crazy outside so you’re tracking in slush and dripping all over my entryway. And you’re all smiling. Big smiles. But they’re those somewhat off-smiles that tell me you’re not just here to spread Christmas cheer. And then, from out... Read more »

What the world needs now is.... Wall-E, Harry Potter and Obi-Wan Kenobi

What the world needs now is.... Wall-E, Harry Potter and Obi-Wan Kenobi
In the movies, we often see how love conquers evil, even death. In “The Matrix,” Neo is shot and dies. But when Trinity finally admits she loves him, he comes back – and actually becomes the One. In the Harry Potter series, Harry’s mother is killed by Lord Voldemort as she selflessly protects her baby... Read more »
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When your kids become your heroes

When your kids become your heroes
Our daughter, Alexandra, our youngest, tried out for an international drum corps group this past weekend. It was right after Thanksgiving. It would be a hard and pressure-filled few days. The competition was intense. She’d be staying a few hours from home all weekend, with not many people she knew. They’d be sleeping in a... Read more »

Stop the world, I want to get off

I’m not sure which way is up anymore. Seems like everyone is mad at everyone about everything. If I say the sky is blue, I guarantee there will be someone who comes along and says it is most definitely yellow.  And they won’t just say it. They’ll scream it. Plus, everything’s gone crazy. I turn... Read more »

In Dusty We Don't Trusty

In Dusty We Don't Trusty
There are two main reasons I don’t respect Dusty Baker much. Now, let me preface this by saying I don’t know Dusty. Never met him. Probably never will. He could be a very nice guy. Maybe even someone who stops to actually buy Girl Scout cookies on the way into Home Depot. But there are... Read more »
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Why cops always eat Chinese food in the movies and 12 other top movie clichés

"Rising smoke and deserted streets" --- 

In “The Force Awakens” and in a thousand action and horror movies, whenever there’s a climactic scene, smoke is usually rising from somewhere for no reason. This also includes movies set in Chicago and New York where there seems to always be smoke coming out of the sewers in a chase scene or setup for the encounter with the killer. Now, I’ve lived in Chicago most of my life. But I’ve never seen smoke coming out of the sewers like that. And in so many of these movies, there also appears to be no one actually living in the city besides the potential victim and their stalker. Plus, there’s no garbage anywhere, almost like it’s a movie set. Hmmm.
Not rising smoke, Star Wars. Anything but the rising smoke! So I’m watching “The Force Awakens” and Han Solo and Chewbacca are walking through “Star Killer Base” planting bombs, trying to blow it up before it can destroy another planet. And everywhere smoke is rising. Now, here’s the thing. Even the name of the base... Read more »

Dear Jerry Lewis: Why the child in me got sad when I heard you died

Dear Jerry Lewis: Why the child in me got sad when I heard you died
Dear Mr. Lewis, You didn’t know me. But I knew you. Well, maybe I didn’t actually know you, but I knew you. Ok, well, maybe I should clarify. Here’s the thing. When I was a child, you made me laugh. No, actually that’s not big enough. You made me laugh! If I knew one of... Read more »

Heather Heyer's desk: life interrupted

I read an article today about Heather Heyer, the woman killed last Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia, when a car hit her and others counterprotesting a rally of white nationalists. As I did, wondering again how we got to this place as a country and how we’ll find our way through, one photo in particular stopped me.... Read more »
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Confessions of a First-Time Podcaster or "Why it's so important to leap before you look"

Confessions of a First-Time Podcaster or "Why it's so important to leap before you look"
There were two ways it could go. Our ChicagoNow Community Manager, Jimmy Greenfield, had just sent out an email letting the bloggers on this platform know of a callout for new podcasters at yakchannel.com. Now, here’s the thing. I had never done podcasting before. I’ve listened to hundreds, maybe thousands. Really like most of them.... Read more »