Archive for May 2021

'Don't put your winter clothes away until Race Day!'

'Don't put your winter clothes away until Race Day!'
It’s May 28. I’m running my air conditioner (very slowly) to try to get the humidity down in my apartment, but it’s barely on. I stuck my head out of the front door earlier, and a sweatshirt and jeans just were not enough. When I go out soon, early in the afternoon, I’m going to... Read more »

'Teller of Tales' and the Imaginary Writers' Room on Conan Doyle's birthday

'Teller of Tales' and the Imaginary Writers' Room on Conan Doyle's birthday
I knew I’d cause a sensation when I walked into the Imaginary Writers’ Room in my mind yesterday. I was holding one of my favorite biographies, “Teller of Tales: The Life of Arthur Conan Doyle,” by Daniel Stashower (New York, 1999: Henry Holt and Company). Robert Louis Stevenson saw the gold letters on the back... Read more »

When the pandemic is finished, I will...

When the pandemic is finished, I will...
When the pandemic is finished, I will be a different person than I was when it began. After all, that was March 2020. I am a different person than I was in March 2021, as well as 2020. When the pandemic is finished, I will take two of the bandannas I turned into facemasks and... Read more »
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Recuse: a Word Worth Defending for the Best Posts lists

Recuse: a Word Worth Defending for the Best Posts lists
Regular readers (and fellow bloggers) will have noticed long before this that I am now the editor of the monthly Best Posts lists for Chicago Now. Yet I’m not about to stop writing, and one post I wrote did appear on the February 2021 list. I left that post on the list for February because... Read more »

Chicago Now's Best Posts of April 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 April, here are the 20 judged to be the best. The Barbershop: Dennis Bryne, Proprietor Yikes! Now too few germs?Becoming SuperMommy On Grief and VertigoCheating Death Tonight you’ll have dinner with the... Read more »