Words of wisdom

Words of wisdom
Leanne Star passed away on January 23. This was her last post. To see her obituary go to https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/chicagotribune/name/leanne-star-obituary?pid=197581139 It feels as if I’ve been holding my breath for the last four years, waiting for the next outrage, recoiling at every mention of Trump’s name. I’ve counseled myself that “This too shall pass,” but the... Read more »

Can I give you some advice?

Can I give you some advice?
The summer before I entered college, I opened the mail for Ann Landers. It sounded like a glamorous job. The syndicated advice columnist had the name recognition of a movie star, with 90 million readers turning to her for guidance in 12,000 newspapers around the world. I thought myself sophisticated. My summer reading included Nathanael... Read more »

Skating over history

Skating over history
Chicago is an urban lasagna, a city of layers: multi-level Wacker Drive; skyscraper apartments stacked one over the other; River Point tower — one million square feet of office space suspended above a public park above active Metra and Amtrak rails above the Blue Line. Then there are the unseen layers: history itself. A recent... Read more »
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Checkout time at the Trump Presidential Library

Checkout time at the Trump Presidential Library
In July 2016, the Obama Foundation settled on Jackson Park as the site for the future Obama Presidential Center, scheduled to open in 2021. After delays that included legal challenges from the nonprofit Protect Our Parks, construction finally may begin in 2021. The delays weren’t all bad. The discussion about the site choice was important... Read more »

Inquiring minds want to know

Inquiring minds want to know
Psst! Did you hear that Covid-19 vaccines contain microchips that allow the BGs — Bill Gates and Big Government — to follow your every move? If you believe that, I have a bridge to sell you. Heck, make that two bridges. And by the way, your iPhone is already tracking you. Take a look at... Read more »

May I have a word with you?

May I have a word with you?
The nation’s word-slayer-in-chief misspoke last week, as he does most days. Reuters reported than when Trump was asked about Giuliani’s hospitalization with Covid-19, Trump replied: “Rudy’s doing well. No temperature.” Wrong. Rudy did have a temperature, as everything, living or dead, does. What Rudy did not have, apparently, was an elevated temperature — a fever.... Read more »
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Gwendolyn Brooks, wordsmith

Gwendolyn Brooks, wordsmith
Last week I wrote about stalling on my writing goals. I know I’m not alone in this. Most would-be writers don’t realize their dreams — and they have plenty of excuses. I’m a procrastinator. Here it is December, and once again I’ve missed the deadline for National Novel Writing Month, which falls in November and... Read more »

Dreams

Dreams
I entered my Covid cocoon in mid-March, with no idea when it would end. I told myself I would need to hibernate for at least a year and a half, with January 1 marking the halfway point. I can bear most things if I know they will end — thus the sudden release of tension... Read more »

My life in the theater

My life in the theater
Before the pandemic hit, I darted between Chicago stages to review drama and dance. I love theater, but it’s not in my blood. I’ve never appeared on a stage. My attempts to be a supernumerary at the Lyric went nowhere: most of the roles are for younger volunteers who fit specific costumes, and I missed... Read more »
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What’s in a name?

What’s in a name?
I count my lucky stars to have been born with a catchy name. When I launched this blog, I toyed with non-catchy titles like “The Essayist” until my friend Marianne suggested I capitalize on my lifelong asset by dubbing my blog “Star Gazing.” A group of new acquaintances can do no better team-building exercise than... Read more »