The Two Paragraph Challenge

  My husband challenged me to write a blog in two paragraphs or less. Has he gone mad? Or perhaps he finds my posts too long for his liking? ‘Cause I love to talk.  Which leads to… more writing. Can I do it?  Let’s try. ‘Cause I love proving a point. Disclaimer:  This prelude doesn’t... Read more »

I'm Not 36

This post was chosen as one of ChicagoNow’s 20 Best Posts of August 2019. Enjoy and check out other ChicagoNow bloggers — ’cause I said so! “I wanna rock-n-roll all night. And party every day.” Kiss was playing on my headphones while I was pedaling the Peloton bike earlier this morning. I can’t lie:  that... Read more »

Jorje The Space Monkey

My Super, Amazing Travels in Southern Cali Hi. Space Monkey Jorge here, checking in to give you the updates on my recent excursions in and around Orange County and Southern California. HOME BASE This is my first home — the California Science Center.  It’s where I started out when my new adoptive family carefully chose me... Read more »

That's One Big Flag

Happy 4th of July, Folks.  Years ago, we spent the holiday waiting in a long line with Dad’s fire truck to participate in neighborhood parades.  Those were some hot, humid afternoons, but we still have great memories. With that all said, enjoy an oldie but goodie Pizza For Breakfast post. THE TIME DAD CAME HOME WITH... Read more »

Six Reasons I Love My Garden

It seems that once every summer, Pizza For Breakfast posts a “List” of special or particular items.  You can find those posts here and here. I’ve heard that sometimes writers have been discouraged to include “lists” in their writing.  However, thanks to our ChicagoNow managers… well, anything goes.  According to them, no topic is off limits. And... Read more »

Rainy Day Grumbling

TODAY: DRY AND MILD, the forecast said at the bottom of the TV. Except maybe it was TOMORROW’s weather — after all, I wasn’t wearing my glasses. I opened the door to the garage, ready to run.  But what did I see? RAIN. RAIN. Did I mention RAIN? And so I mumbled, and grumbled and... Read more »

Dad's Toolbox

DAD’S TOOLBOX Throughout my life, my dad and I always seemed to be missing a connection.  There was a missing link, or two.  Or three.  It was difficult to tell sometimes, since we didn’t have many Kodak moments together.  Instead, many of our photos consisted of we three kids making surly faces while Dad did... Read more »


You may find this odd, but I have a special kitchen cabinet at home.  Yes, I use it to store some of my favorite things. And I don’t allow anyone else in there.   It holds all my goodies. “What makes it so special?” Ahh, so glad you asked. THIS IS WHERE THE IMPORTANT ITEMS ARE KEPT... Read more »

How's Your Morning Commute Going?

This Post is one of the winners of ChicagoNow’s Best Posts for June 2019.  Enjoy. How’s Your Day Going? I sat on the Metra train this morning, trying to conjure up a writing idea for another blog post. What to write; what to write. I thought back to 2017, when I met a topic challenge... Read more »

Chicago: The City That Works

This post is one of the winners of ChicagoNow’s Best Posts of April 2019 Plus, the Trib used my photo as its feature.  Yay! CHICAGO:  THE CITY THAT WORKS We moved out of the city several years ago, but we go back often enough.  And each time we do, I’m still excited to hear the... Read more »