Archive for November 2017

When We Said Good-Bye

It’s that time again… the monthly Blogapalooz-Hour for us ChicagoNow writers. WRITE ABOUT A TIME YOU HAD TO SAY GOOD-BYE. Our monthly Blogapalooza hour is upon us tonight.  We have one hour to write.  No rules except one:  write and submit within one hour.  The topic is to write about a time when we had to say... Read more »

Why We Shouldn't Sweat the Holidays

Last week I reported on a potential Thanksgiving dinner I was hosting.  Well, that didn’t actually turn out. But it got me thinking.  And when I get thinking, I start writing… THE MUNDANE mundane (adj.): found in the ordinary course of events ( At times we get tired of the same old, same old. Go... Read more »


It’s almost Thanksgiving Day – a favorite holiday of many, including mine. So I was excited as I cycled on the gym elliptical and watched a cooking show called The Chew on the overhead TV.  That day’s program focused on Thanksgiving dishes – which somehow made my cycling worth all the effort for the extra... Read more »

Confessions of a Sushi Novice

It was the last day of October and the wind chills were in the 20’s. What they say about cold weather must be true: one needs extra calories since we burn more trying to keep warm. I was cold and hungry and looked forward to an appetizing lunch that workday. Usually I do pretty well,... Read more »

Schizophrenia Is Scary Stuff

Life is unfair.  And schizophrenia is scary stuff. The first part I already knew.  The second sentence – well, I’ve been learning more about that since early August. My brother-in-law suffers from schizophrenia – has for over 40 years.  Typically his condition is controlled with medicine and he lives without fear.  He lives in a... Read more »