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One surprising--and yet not so surprising--thing you don't know about 'West Side Story'

About a week ago, I flipped on a WTTW program called “Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy” , featuring musicals which had one thing in common: they were composed and written by Jews. The documentary was right up my alley–a trip down memory lane with vignettes from my favorite iconic musicals–“The Producers,” “Cabaret,” “Fiddle on the... Read more »

My idea for turning the pandemic around isn't pretty. But neither is Covid 19.

My idea for turning the pandemic around isn't pretty. But neither is Covid 19.
We hit the jackpot this year. Finally, we have a vaccine that will help protect us against Covid 19! I know it’s not as perfect as we’d like it to be with breakthrough infections and all, but the vaccine is 99% effective against serious illness, hospitalization and death. The vaccine could help us, once again,... Read more »

Lessons I learned from a spider named Fred

Lessons I learned from a spider named Fred
(Not actual image of Fred) I discovered him (her?) about a month ago while I was sitting at the kitchen table, munching on my usual breakfast combo–Cheerios/Shredded-Wheat/Raisin-Bran/Granola (doesn’t everybody?). Gazing out the sliding glass door that looks out onto our deck, I noticed a black smudge on the glass. I made a mental note to... Read more »
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The raw, uncomfortable truth about racism from a black woman who's experienced it

The raw, uncomfortable truth about racism from  a black woman who's  experienced it
Truth. That’s what we’re talking about today. I figure, if we want race relations to improve, we better start listening to each other. That’s why I asked Cheryl Lewis, a 66-year-old black wife and mother from Calumet Heights, to talk about racism from her own personal perspective. Although Cheryl retired seven years ago, she had... Read more »

My husband didn't buy me flowers or candy for our anniversary, and I'm not ticked off about it

This year on our anniversary, my husband didn’t buy me a box of chocolates, a dozen roses, or even a single carnation, for that matter. It may sound as if I’m complaining here, but I’m not. Far from it. That’s because he gave me something better. A card. A lovely card decorated with a duo... Read more »

A love letter to the Chicago Tribune writers and editors who've inspired me

Enough already! Please, make the bloodletting stop. Over the last couple of weeks, it’s been heartbreak after heartbreak as yet another writer exits the Chicago Tribune. As most of you know by now, among the horde of talented notables who took buyout offers from the Trib’s new owner, Alden Global Capital, are columnists Dahleen Glanton,... Read more »
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I'm in a purging kind of mood

I’m in a purging kind of mood. I’m purging paper–miscellaneous sheets of typing paper, along with newspapers, folders, brochures, pamphlets, cards, envelopes and magazines. I’ve acquired it all by, well, living. Keep it, toss it, shred it or recycle it. Repeat Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Easier said than done. I’ve been putting off this task for…years?... Read more »

What lured 13-year-old Adam Toledo to the streets in the dead of night?

Adam Toledo. It’s a name we shouldn’t know, but we do for the most tragic of reasons. The 13-year-old was fatally shot in an alley by a cop after a police chase. It took place in Little Village at 2:30 in the morning. I’m not here to throw shade on the police or the officer... Read more »

The price of vanilla has skyrocketed. The story of why is anything but, well, vanilla

The price of vanilla has skyrocketed. The story of why is anything but, well, vanilla
Move over gold and silver and diamonds and Bitcoin. There’s another precious commodity around. Vanilla. Vanilla? Yes, that vanilla. Stuck inside the house thanks to COVID, I found myself thinking–not about vanilla–but about banana bread. A lot. I mean everyday. All day.  At breakfast. Lunch. Dinner. While watching TV. Showering. I even dreamt of banana... Read more »
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Spring is the season of firsts. Why this spring, it's even more so

Welcome to my favorite season. Spring. I love spring. (Don’t tell summer, fall and winter.) Photo Credit: Sawinery Spring brings a bonanza of light and warmth and a heady feeling of positivity knowing there’s a lot more where that came from. Knowing that this season, there are oodles of firsts to look forward to. Out of... Read more »