Category: Holidays

Apollo 8 - 50 Years and Still Wonderful

This post is one of the winners from ChicagoNow’s 20 Best Posts of December 2018 Apollo 8 – 50 Years and Still Wonderful Wonderful.  What determines that something is Wonderful? gives some fitting synonyms:  Awe-Inspiring; Brilliant; Divine; Incredible; Magnificent; Miraculous. Wonderful is how our astronauts — Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and William Anders —... Read more »


Is it still Thanksgiving if I don’t feel guilty? This is the question I ask myself this year, as we plan to take the easy route and place an order for our Thanksgiving dinner – turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans and fresh cranberries – all ordered from a well-loved local restaurant. The question nags... Read more »

This Is What Makes Chicago the Best City in the World

Our ChicagoNow manager is posting daily questions for us bloggers to respond to? Last week’s question was: “What makes Chicago the best city in the world?” You can find that question and all our responses here. I quickly answered: Chicago is the best because the fella at the Broadway box office is the same guy... 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 »

For the Sake of Everything

Today I’m swapping out my regular post for one from 2016.  Because I left the newspaper at home this morning and instead brought a book to read on the commute.  On a day like today, the news is too difficult take.  And since I have no profound words that will make our world better or... Read more »

Ending An Obsession

September 27 ChicagoNow Blogapalooz-Hour Challenge: Write about something in your life you once obsessed about but now rarely, if ever, think about This challenge, above, was presented to us bloggers tonight by our ChicagoNow manager. We have one hour to write anything in regards to the posted topic. Here goes… Obsession. I thought about it... Read more »

This Is Why It Pays to Wear Glasses

There Are Advantages of Being Near-Sighted Many of us have trouble seeing things far away – a/k/a nearsightedness.  Thank goodness we have corrective (and sometimes glamorous) eyewear to correct our vision.  I can’t imagine going through life without being able to clearly see this awesome world of ours. But it’s not always easy wearing glasses: ... Read more »

Confessions of a Parade Balloon Handler

Lorri has fond childhood memories of watching Chicago’s Thanksgiving parade on her family TV set. On Thanksgiving morning in her home, the house was full of good smells – the food was cooking but, of course, the family was unable to eat any of it yet. For Lorri, the show on TV was a convenient... Read more »