Tag: Richard John Collins

Happy Father's Day in heaven Richard John Collins

Happy Father's Day in heaven Richard John Collins
I hope everyone is enjoying a great Father’s Day celebrating the men who raised us, mentored us and supported us whether they were kin or friend. This day is always bittersweet for me as I’ve never really gotten over losing my dad, Richard John Collins. He died in October, 1985 at 81 years of age.... Read more »

Memories of a childhood Christmas: An aluminum tree, baking cookies and Jim Crow Laws

Memories of a childhood Christmas: An aluminum tree, baking cookies and Jim Crow Laws
I remember most Christmases past like they happened yesterday. As an only child of divorced parents, I was used to splitting my time between different households, each very different. My dad’s humble little house was located in East St. Louis, Ill. (when the now beleaguered city was actually chic and a popular entertainment hub). I... Read more »

Chicago Cubs are memory-makers for generations of fans

Chicago Cubs are memory-makers for generations of fans
I love all the sweet stories I’m hearing about generations of Chicago Cubs fans. I covered an NBC Red Carpet event last night and even hottie Taylor Kinney (Chicago Fire, Gaga-ex) mentioned a friend of his whose dad had passed and who plans to drape a Cubs jersey over his tombstone if (when) they win.... Read more »
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Musings on Father's Day weekend about my "other" dad

With Mary and Jim Johnson in East Carondelet, Illinois.
Last year, I wrote about my dad, Richard John Collins, for Father’s Day but, this year, I’m going to write about a father figure who played a very important role in my life. James Vernon Johnson was born in 1904 and told me his family was descended from slaves. He used to tell me about... Read more »

Chicago Now Blogapazlooza: Top of the world baby!

Chicago Now Blogapazlooza: Top of the world baby!
Welcome to another Chicago Now Blogapalooza! This is a writing exercise from our community manager Jimmy Greenfield who chooses topics for us to write about from time to time to keep our skills honed. This week’s challenge is to publish a post in one hour about this topic: “Write about a period or moment in... Read more »

Missing my mom on Mother's Day, as always

Missing my mom on Mother's Day, as always
I’m thinking of my mom, Elsa Mae Stott, on this Mother’s Day as I do on most days. She passed away suddenly on February 10, 2010. She died while polishing her nails before a return trip to Chicago where she lived with Chuck and me. I know I was lucky to have her for as... Read more »
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An ode to my Dad, Richard John Collins, on Father's Day

An ode to my Dad, Richard John Collins, on Father's Day
My mom and dad divorced when I was 2.  I don’t remember this, but do remember that, for my formative years, I felt like I was split in two. I shouldn’t complain, I know how lucky I was to have two parents who loved me, but sometimes I wished I had them both together to... Read more »

My Memorial Day Regrets

My Memorial Day Regrets
My dad was in the Army, but I don’t know if he served overseas or really what he did.  I never asked enough questions and I wish I had listened closer.  I’m sure he shared this info with me because we shared everything.  I’m an only child and he had me late in life so... Read more »