Archive for August 2014

Squirrels: Garden Terrorists

People usually think I’m a little crazy when I rant about how squirrels *aren’t* a gardeners best friend. I’ve had years of experience trying to keep the little beasts from my container gardens.  Bedding plants thrown hither and yon, containers rooted through, candy bars hidden in my boxes—it’s all par for the course. I won’t... Read more »

Garden Stories: Top Five Garden Goals For Next Season

I’m proud of the fact that I’ve finally managed to score a plot in the backyard community garden but I’ve had a bountiful harvest from both of my vegetable gardens. Nonetheless, I’ve been thinking ahead to next growing season and came up with a list of my top five garden goals for 2015.   1. ... Read more »

Garden Stories: The Tomatoes Are In

After a summer of zucchini, summer squash, cucumbers and jalapenos the stars of the show are finally producing. The tomatoes are in. The picture above is what I harvested today from the back garden.  With all of the produce that has been coming in, my kitchen and dining room look like a farm stand. Luckily,... Read more »

Jon Stewart Lets America Know It *IS* About Race

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Jon Stewart and his writing team are brilliant. If you liked this post, “like” <a href=”″>I Hate My Developer on Facebook</a> <strong>Type your email address in the box and click the “create subscription” button. My list is completely spam free, and you can opt out at any time.</strong> <ul> <ul> <ul> <ul> <ul> <li><input id=”subscription_email”... Read more »

Writing On Race: Why A White Person Would Live Around Black People

With the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO the ugly specter of race, potential racism and bigotry is once again front page news. Speculation on the shooting is rampant and credible facts are in short supply. Frankly, (and this is putting it mildly) the whole thing is a mess.  A huge nightmarish mess. Make... Read more »

Poor Taxi Service Is Why Uber Is Winning

I have a very contentious relationship with the taxi industry in Chicago and it keeps on getting worse everyday. As a rule, taxis are an expense that I can rarely afford but sometimes you can’t put a price on your personal safety.  If I have the money and the situation warrants it, I’ll take a... Read more »

An Amateur At The Highwood Bloody Mary Fest: I Beat Some Of The Professionals

Bottles of homemade bloody mary goodness!
I make a good bloody mary mix. Or so I’ve been told. After years of hearing how good my mix was I decided to find a contest and see how my recipe would stack up against the competition. Enter the Highwood Bloody Mary Fest. As the only amateur in a field of 14—all of whom... Read more »