Archive for October 2011

Excuse His French

In Sunday’s Trib sports section, Steve Rosenbloom wrote a stinging column about Bears coach, Lovie Smith. If I got it right, Rosenbloom thinks Smith is a guy who’s on a power trip and any player who questions his decisions—e.g. safety Chris Harris—will get  his walking papers. I wouldn’t want to challenge Rosenbloom on his opinion.... Read more »

Thereby Hangs a Tail

Note: The following poem was occasioned by the Trib Sunday Magazine’s article “Caped Crusaders”. I’m liberal and democrat. That’s why I understand the bat. A creature whom most do impugn For flying nights under the moon. Forget those yarns around the campfires Alleging bats morph into vampires. They don’t have blood banks in their caves Or... Read more »

A Fable in a Teacup

I opened an e-mail this morning from Care2, an animal welfare site. I ‘ve  gotten e-mails from this site in the past, but always deleted them without a thought. This time the subject piqued my interest. “Mouse rescued in English woman’s teacup”.  Who would not link to such a whimsical  tease? What I found was a charmingly understated anecdote... Read more »

Avon Falling

I heard on the Stephanie Miller radio show this morning that Avon Products(AVP)was about 20% down on the New York Stock Exchange.  At this moment it’s selling for $18.87 a share. My mother never had any stock in Avon, but she used to sell  its line years ago. I don’t think she was very successful though. ... Read more »

Shortchanged in Springfield

We all live in a deadbeat state, Deadbeat state, Deadbeat state. We have bills and we pay them late, Pay them late, Pay them late. Our credit’s risen to a higher rate, Higher rate, Higher rate. Who is to blame but  those who legislate, Legislate, Legislate. They put us  into this financial strait, Financial strait,... Read more »

A Serendipitous Anthem

On October 25, 1910, an inspiring song with words and music made its published debut. The music had been composed about a decade before the lyrics , which  were written by a college professor in the Gay Nineties. The now famous words took form after a visit to the crest of Pikes Peak. The author was... Read more »

Drafting a Philosopher King

My fellow ChicagoNow blogger, Jack Spatafora, in his post entitled “Backstage—Where the Real Show Goes On”, says that in America today we’re left with two choices for president: a demagogue or a philosopher king.  Jack doesn’t see a philosopher king on the horizon. But if one did materialize, he, of course, would probably  have to drop... Read more »

A Hippocratic Good Samaritan

Last night on  CBS Evening News’  “Assignment America”, Steve Hartman introduced the nation to a very unusual doctor. In Pittsburgh, Dr. Jim Withers devotes his medical practice to the homeless—street people, derelicts, bums. The riff-raff of society. And he doesn’t charge them a penny. Dr. Withers has been doing this humanitarian work since 1992. He... Read more »

Blue Gen-Xecutives

Why all this ballyhoo in Cub Nation over Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer?  I get that they are young—38 and 36— baseball executives who were wunderkind  masterminds behind the  ending  of the Red Sox World Series drought.  But let’s not go Pollyanna about them.  At this writing, neither is in the Cubs front office, although it seems inevitable that they... Read more »

Serfing the NBA

I read today on the back page of the Tribune Sports section—“The Last Row”—that Bryant Gumbel compared NBA commissioner David Stern to a plantation owner. Not true. This is what Gumbel actually said, as quoted in the Trib report: “His efforts were typical of a commissioner who has always seemed eager to be viewed as some... Read more »