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You can't outrun a mother's curse: Tales from the ER

You can't outrun a mother's curse: Tales from the ER
Reposted (and edited) for this inauspicious anniversary… Tuesday’s piece, You can’t outrun a mother’s curse, you’ll only break your neck trying started with my first time on skis and ended with what could have been my last.  Here’s part II: So there I was, barely able to move and heading home to Broomhilda, who was about... Read more »

You can't outrun a mother's curse, you'll only break your neck trying

You can't outrun a mother's curse, you'll only break your neck trying
I’m reposting this now because I just realized that today is the 2-year anniversary of my little mishap… My parents lived a mostly sedentary life, which was typical for many of their generation.  There’s no great explorers hanging from our family tree. I was the daredevil of the family, but the bar for that was pretty low. I... Read more »

Did you celebrate the 1-month anniversary of Donald Trump telling America that coronavirus would magically disappear?

Did you celebrate the 1-month anniversary of Donald Trump telling America that coronavirus would magically disappear?
Thursday was the one month anniversary of one of Donald Trump’s more memorable miscalculations. Ignoring the warnings of scientists, health care professionals and his own national security team, Trump assured America that coronavirus would magically disappear. In the rambling, incoherent demeanor of one performing fellatio on himself, Trump said, When you have 15 people, and... Read more »
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You can't outrun a mother's curse: Tales from the ER

You can't outrun a mother's curse: Tales from the ER
Yesterday’s piece, “You can’t outrun a mother’s curse, you’ll only break your neck if you try” started with my first experience on skis and ended with my last (so far). I’ll be back on the snow, but medical advice is saying later rather than sooner. So there I was, barely able to move and heading... Read more »

You can't outrun a mother's curse, you'll only break your neck trying

You can't outrun a mother's curse, you'll only break your neck trying
My parents lived a mostly sedentary life, which was not atypical for their generation.  There’s no great explorers or adventurers hanging from our family tree. I was the daredevil of the family, but the bar for that was pretty low. Still, I liked to nudge boundaries a bit, tempting fate where practical.  As a bonus,... Read more »

So Many Cringeworthy Moments, So Little Time

So Many Cringeworthy Moments, So Little Time
The last Wednesday of each month is usually designated for Blogapalooz, a writing exercise that gives ChicagoNow bloggers an hour to write about a topic provided at 9:00 PM. Today, however I got the following, unexpected email from editor, Jimmy Greenfield: “Welcome to ChicagoNow’s first-ever Surprise-a-palooza! Your challenge, if you choose to accept it, is... Read more »
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Rocky Mountain High - Music and lyrics by John Denver

Rocky Mountain High - Music and lyrics by John Denver
It’s 8:00 PM here in Vail, Colorado and I just got the following email from the owner/operator of ChicagoNow.com: “Hey all, Welcome to ChicagoNow’s Blogapalooz-Hour! Your challenge, if you choose to accept it, is to publish a post in one hour. Here is tonight’s challenge: ‘Write about something you find beautiful that you feel others... Read more »

Motorcycle helmets suck and so do people who insist on telling me I should wear one

Motorcycle helmet laws suck for two reasons.  The first reason is that it’s nobody’s business if I want to hop on my motorcycle and feel the wind in my hair.  The government shouldn’t be involved in decisions I make about my own safety. The second reason that helmet laws suck is that helmets suck. OK,... Read more »

Pumpkinfest 2013: Highwood goes for the record

October 17-19, 2013 was Highwood’s annual Pumpkinfest, drawing an estimated 125,000 visitors to the northern suburb.  Nestled between Highland Park and Lake Forest, Highwood is the civilian sibling of Ft. Sheridan and the bucolic setting for some the North Shore’s best festivals. Highwood’s attractions include the Evening Gourmet Farmers Market, Garlic Fest and Bloody Mary... Read more »
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What do Ryan, Rubio, Cruz, Paul, Lincoln and Syria have in common?

What do Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Abraham Lincoln and Syria all have in common? The easy answer is “nothing, really”. If you take Abraham Lincoln off the list, you get a different answer and it’s a little scary. While Ryan, Cruz, Rubio, Paul and Lincoln all share the GOP as their... Read more »