Archive for January 2015

The Pigeons Of Wayne County: A Restraining Order

News item: “Wayne County in Ohio is planning to spike bird seed with birth control in hopes of keeping pigeons from despoiling the renovated exterior of its 19th century courthouse. A county commissioner says there are plans to put birth control chemicals specific to pigeons in bird seed to help control the population:” In... Read more »

Starting My Day With a Good Laugh

    Medicine has long recognized the health benefits of laughter.  Here’s a reminder of such from Laughter is good for your health Laughter relaxes the whole body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after. Laughter boosts the immune system. Laughter decreases... Read more »

If You Like the Bizarre and Grotesque, Catch the Ensor Show at the Art Institute

  Chances are you’ve never heard of the artist James Ensor. He was Belgian. Lived in the city of Ostend. Which he rarely left. Born 1860. Died 1949. The world virtually turned upside down during his lifetime. Evolution and Relativity. Quantum  mechanics and an expanding universe.  Psychoanalysis and existentialism.  Economic peaks and valleys. Revolution and... Read more »

Bruce Rauner Gets a Left-handed Compliment

  Bruce Rauner’s inauguration might be remembered for the wrong reasons.  He did give, in many ways, a memorable  address, worthy of high praise.  But it probably won’t be the content of his speech that will stand the test of time. No, this man on the Right will be remembered for something he did on... Read more »

Chicago Bearbaiting: Taking Offense

  From Today’s Chicago Tribune Sports “Last Row” : “Maybe it’s a real feud or it could all be one big inside joke, but Bears teammates Martellus Bennett and Kyle Long exchanged what seemed like harsh words over Twitter on Tuesday. What ever it is, it apparently kicked off when Long, a guard , found... Read more »

Bruce Rauner Delivers a Rousing, Stirring Inaugural Address

  Bruce Rauner kicked off his debut as Illinois governor with a honey of a speech.  He had this dyed-in-the-wool Liberal rooting for  every liberal promise he made. He started in a tentative way.  Then turned on the juice.  Before I knew I was hooked by his sincerity and surprising eloquence. His words seemed to... Read more »

Has Award Show Fatigue Set In Yet?

  The People’s Choice.  The Golden Globe.  Do you still have a stomach for all this puffery and pride?  I don’t. Ego orgies turn me off. I’m probably in the unhip minority though.   Otherwise these  vanity venues would not have  much  traction.  But I have to be honest about. I can’t take the parade... Read more »

The Prints of Darkness

  My wife revels in crime.  That is, I should say, the TV versions of it.  NCIS, CSI, Hawaii 50, The Mentalist, Blue Blood.  They all have her glued to the set, waiting for the resolution of the plot. I prefer to read about crime.  The fictional sort.  And Sherlock Holmes is my favorite.  Hercule... Read more »

Is Lincoln Losing His Appeal In Springfield?

News Item: The Springfield State Journal-Register reports that the number of visitors to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum could fall below 300,000 for the first time when the final 2013 figures are calculated. In Springfield last year At the sites about Lincoln It seems that attendance Was alarmingly shrinkin’. If this trend holds... Read more »

This Is It for the 12 Days Of Christmas

  Today is the last of the 12 days of Christmas. Remember? 12 Lords a-leaping. Or is that 12 drummers drumming? In any event, it’s the 12th day. And in a few hours, the twelfth night, the eponym of a Shakespeare comedy with the memorable opening line: “If music be the food of love, play... Read more »