Archive for July 2022

Stories, the root of history

Stories, the root of history
When I worked as a tour guide, I would meet visitors who said they liked (or loved) history. “History of what?” I would respond. The stunned looks I got as my replies were sad, but they were a challenge. I assured my tour members that I wasn’t going to spend some time on history, finish... Read more »

What's going on here?

What's going on here?
Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never — in nothing, great or small, large or petty — never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. — Winston Churchill, address at Harrow School, Oct. 29, 1941 Those readers who visit the ChicagoNow web site will have noticed that the former... Read more »

What am I writing? 'The Woman in the Library' told me

What am I writing? 'The Woman in the Library' told me
Regular readers of these posts will recall that I have been writing mystery novels — or, if you prefer, detective stories –– for much of the time ( eight years ) I’ve written this blog. Imagine my amazement, then, when I was reading Sulari Gentill’s amazing mystery “The Woman in the Library” (copyright 2022, Poisoned... Read more »
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A Serious anniversary: Thoughts on blogging since July 14, 2014

On July 14, 2014, I started this blog, Margaret Serious, with three posts. Now I’ve written more than 600 posts. All three categories — Words Worth Defending, Sustaining Books, and Browsing Through Bartlett’s — have endured as I’ve worked to find words, books, and quotations to describe the past eight years. I didn’t start out... Read more »

The good look of a Sustaining Book

The good look of a Sustaining Book
How do you find a Sustaining Book? Just how does a Sustaining Book look? When the world is quite low on Kindness and Wonder, I just want a book to crawl under! To Help and Comfort a Wedged Bear, or a Wedged Me, I want words to distract, to sing, to please — and words... Read more »

ChicagoNow's Best Posts of June 2022

Supreme Court. Photo courtesy of Chicago Tribune, Every month, ChicagoNow holds a contest for the best posts that appeared on ChicagoNow.com during the previous month. Of the more than 1`,000 posts that appeared on ChicagoNow.com during June 2022, here are the 20 judged to be the best. (Posts originally appearing on Margaret Serious were selected... Read more »
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Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day!
I’ve written before about my discomfort when people refer to “the holiday,” meaning whatever holiday is coming up or happening. But as soon as I turned on the radio this morning, July 4, I started hearing about “the holiday,” “the Fourth of July holiday weekend,” or just “happy Fourth of July.” Well, I can wish... Read more »

Words worth defending: stare decisis

Words worth defending: stare decisis
After Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe vs. Wade, I kept hearing mentions of an unfamiliar term, stare decisis. I had to look it up, but as usual, that’s a signal to me that a word or term needs defending — it needs to get out in the sun... Read more »