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Happy vs. Merry Christmas

Happy vs. Merry Christmas
You have probably heard plenty of wishes of “Merry Christmas” long before today, the day they refer to. You may even have had some people wish you “Happy Christmas.” But of course, it takes me to take a look at the difference between the two sayings. Happy, according to my home dictionary (Webster’s New Twentieth... Read more »

'Grown up' vs. 'adulting'

'Grown up' vs. 'adulting'
I had a medical checkup earlier this week. My doctor gave me some information about a new medicine. He didn’t say “You’re going to add this medicine,” or “Switch that one for this one.” He gave me the information and asked me to read it and see what I thought. I caught myself thinking “Wow,... Read more »

Everyone's birthday should be Thanksgiving Day somehow

Everyone's birthday should be Thanksgiving Day somehow
Happy Thanksgiving, dear readers! Thank you for taking some time out of your preparations, your travels, or your general thanks-giving time to read for a while. If you don’t have thanks-giving time, please make some today; it’s what the day is set aside for — not food, family, or football, but thinking and thanking. As... Read more »
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The three kinds of truth

The three kinds of truth
Whenever a trial is in the news, as the one in Kenosha is, I start noticing the judge’s expressions — especially when the new witnesses come in. “Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?” Part of me expects a witness to ask “All three?” The truth is... Read more »

Goodbye, Blackhawks; 'from now on, you're only someone that I used to love'

The Stanley Cup, the emblem of the championship of the National Hockey League, is one of the more beautiful things I have ever seen. I was sent to bed in 1971 when the Chicago Blackhawks were leading the Montreal Canadiens in the deciding seventh game of the Stanley Cup Finals. I woke up in the... Read more »

Regular, standard or usual?

I have been writing for ChicagoNow for more than seven years — since July 14, 2014. I’ve tried at times to write at regular intervals, such as my series on “Kindness and Wonder,” which ran on Mondays in 2020, or my series on Rudyard Kipling’s poems, which I named Kipling Tuesdays and ran on (surprise)... Read more »
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ChicagoNow's Best Posts of September 2021

Every month, ChicagoNow holds a contest to determine the best posts that appeared on ChicagoNow in the previous month. Of the more than 500 posts that were published during the month of September, these 20 were determined to be the best. The Barbershop: Dennis Byrne, Proprietor Art Institute of Chicago fires docents because there are... Read more »

Forget about it: The polar bear experiment

Forget about it: The polar bear experiment
The most memorable hour I spent in my psychology class at Valparaiso University was all about forgetting. We were told that were were going to study forgetting, and to do that, we could think about anything — as long as it wasn’t polar bears. So that was fun, letting my mind go off and play... Read more »

Anniversaries already contain the word for 'year'

Anniversaries already contain the word for 'year'
Don’t worry about mentioning the “20-year anniversary” or any “year anniversary” of any event coming soon. The French word for year is “an,” and for “all year long” it’s “annee.” The word “anniversaire” in French is actually used like our “birthday,” although I have seen some fancy writers using “jour de naissance,” day of birth.... Read more »
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Attack? No, it's the air show practice!

I haven’t been able to think straight for very long since late this morning. I just get a good string of thoughts underway and — BOOM! VRRROOOM! BOOM! It took a few leaps out of my chair to realize it sounded like practice for the air show, which used to drive me crazy all week... Read more »