Archive for April 2020

Moderate versus progressive — or practical versus ideological?

While coronavirus dominates the news, the presidential election campaign has taken a back seat. I was going to write this post right after the Illinois primary, but that time was also when the state’s stay-at-home order started. This year’s presidential primaries, along with the rise of the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wing of the Democratic Party, had... Read more »

When you need upbeat fiction

When my book group chose its next novel, someone suggested Albert Camus’s The Plague for its current relevance. The rest of us wanted something less depressing in the present circumstances, so we’re reading Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. Wanting something less depressing is nothing new for me. Back in the 1990s, I... Read more »

Good time to add to Chicago knowledge

Adding to my Chicago knowledge has been a fun diversion during isolation and a useful activity for a Chicago Greeter. I wish I’d taken notes while watching nine of Geoffrey Baer’s Chicago tours. His more than three dozen programs are available on the WTTW website. I did note new facts learned from Chicago Days: 150... Read more »

Way to help: donate platelets

The message has been repeated numerous times: The best thing we can do for others during this pandemic is stay in. As sensible as the message is, the urge to do more grows stronger with every additional day of isolation. But what, other than donate money? My nephew unwittingly gave me an idea the other... Read more »