Archive for February 2021

Do dates stick with you? Do you believe in miracles?

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Early this morning, just hearing the date — Feb. 22 — gave me a happy chill. (Not the snowdrift kind.) Forty-one years ago tonight, in 1980, I watched a hockey game. That wasn’t exactly news, especially in that era when the Winter Olympics had amateur teams (at least in the U.S. and most countries) and... Read more »

What characters are in your imagination?

What characters are in your imagination?
I’ve been leaving my window blinds slightly open for the past few nights. Closing them completely keeps the coldest of the air from getting through any gaps in my window, gaps which seem molecular at times these days. But the cold air is a slight relief as my over-excited radiator keeps chugging along over 80... Read more »

'When will I hold you again?' a pandemic Valentine's Day

'When will I hold you again?' a pandemic Valentine's Day
“Weekend in New England,” Barry Manilow’s old ballad, got stuck in my mind’s ear about a week ago. Its repeated “whens” seem all too appropriate for this Valentine’s Day, the last big holiday we’ve had on the calendar that hasn’t yet been affected by the pandemic. That’s why I tried a little rewrite for “Weekend... Read more »
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Chicago Now’s 20 best posts of January 2021

Chicago Now’s 20 best posts of January 2021
Each month, ChicagoNow holds a contest to select the best blog posts throughout ChicagoNow. Out of more than 500  posts published during the month of January, here are the 20 judged to be the best.     Academic Ink-lings: Analyze this: the convergence between fairy tale villains, Disney thugs, and Donald J. Trump Becoming SuperMommy: The end... Read more »

Little thoughts at night on how to get through the pandemic

Little thoughts at night on how to get through the pandemic
I’ve written in my diary, but sleep isn’t coming. Going back to the diary and just writing about today isn’t happening, and I’m as interested in the mechanics and constitutionality of the second impeachment trial as who’s succeeding or failing in plans for it. So until I decided to come over to my computer, I lay... Read more »