Category: Writing

Concurrences and dissents to verdicts on words by Eric Zorn of the Chicago Tribune

Concurrences and dissents to verdicts on words by Eric Zorn of the Chicago Tribune
(Note: I read Eric Zorn’s excellent column in the Chicago Tribune and enjoy his writing, even when I don’t agree with his opinions. On June 11, his column “Break up the ‘Southside’ and other verdicts on words” was particularly enjoyable. In the spirit of his court verdicts, I offer the following concurrences and dissents. Terms... Read more »

How to get used to Celsius temperatures and get along better with people who use them

How to get used to Celsius temperatures and get along better with people who use them
Are you working with people in other countries? Are you sending comments on social media back and forth about temperatures in the 80s here and 20s or 30s in another country? Would you believe I’m talking about the same weather?I’ve found a way to make your correspondence more comfortable and your life easier.Find a browser... 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 »
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My favorites for National Poetry Month

My favorites for National Poetry Month
With thanks to Mary Schmich of the Chicago Tribune, whose column for Sunday, April 11, listed parts of nine of her favorite poems, I’m joining in her celebration of National Poetry Month by listing at least part of ten of mine. (Catch up with the original column here.) I’ll include every word of the shorter... Read more »

Hey, March 20 is World Storytelling Day!

I ran across a reference to World Storytelling Day in a message from a Scottish-American group on Facebook. Lo and behold, it’s coming up on March 20. (I know, not much surprise after the headline, but what could I do?) But what else struck my attention is that March 20 is also the birthday of... Read more »

Come on, machine...

We’re switching to a new version of WordPress software here at Chicago Now. It will be more secure, and it will do more for us, but for now, it’s worse than trying to play a new piece of music. In some ways, it’s like going from the ways I’ve known for decades to play my... Read more »
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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 »

Diaries, normal days, and looking up data

Diaries, normal days, and looking up data
My diary for 2021 is getting lots of data about historic things along with the historical ones, the notes about each days as it becomes history at bedtime. Personally, I will be a bit nervous on Wednesday — from the insurrection or coup on Jan. 6 to impeachment on Jan. 13 to inauguration on Jan. 20,... Read more »

The last problem of the year: Diary Hunt!

The last problem of the year: Diary Hunt!
Christmas 1974 was a momentous day on my path to becoming a writer. My parents gave me a 1975 Peanuts “Day By Day” book — a cartoon by Charles M. Schulz, a funny caption, and space to write about the day. I suppose that the paperback book might have been used as a planner, but... Read more »
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Some 'major' advice from Edwin Newman

Some 'major' advice from Edwin Newman
I’ve kept reading “A Civil Tongue” by Edwin Newman since writing previous posts about it. The only thing slowing me down from its funny and eloquent style is that it’s like rich food — if I read it all in one big clump, other things will seem poorer by comparison. One section I enjoy returning... Read more »