State Street's Final Message To Millennials

  Any vetted Chicagoan recalls the fateful day in 2006 when our very own Marshall Fields was not only closed, its drained cadaver was unceremoniously handed over to the enemy. But wait! There have been other retail deaths: The Fair, Goldblatts, Madigans, The Boston Store, Montgomery Wards, Wieboldts, Woolworth, the litany is long and ugly.... Read more »

As The Soul That Was The Tribune Departs Its Tower With Too Few Tears

Let me to tell you a story. All stories are true, and some even happened. This is both. Something fiercely serious is happening to this Gothic cathedral which has housed the Chicago Tribune since the same 1923 my parents were married. Their wedding announcement appeared in its editions; more than that, their education appears to... Read more »

The One Phone Apple Couldn't Patent & Never Will

  Oh they tried…. with all their money and might…but the one that got away was simply too intricate, powerful, and user-friendly for the boys at Silicon Valley to replicate let alone operate….infinitesimally compact, functioning in full three dimensional sound & color, this camera comes without cost to its owners ….and it turns out its... Read more »

What In The Name Of Walter Peyton Does Ancient Greece Have To Do With the NFL?

  Baseball has always been “America’s game.” Although football has begun challenging for the title. Because our democracy has its roots in ancient Greece, sports fans might wonder what the Greeks would have thought about this. Doggedly pursuing my wonderment, I found at least 12 football teams who use Spartans in their name. Not a... Read more »

Linus Or Louie ~ Come On, Whose World Do You Live In?

Linus walks his world clutching his little blue blanket. Just plain scared at what the next turned-corner might bring. Louie Armstrong, on the other and happier hand, sings the classic “What A Wonderful World” with a throaty juiciness that makes you feel every corner out there is going to be worth turning. Today’s helter-skelter world... Read more »

Stop Saying It's Just A Movie.....

Here’s my point. Movies matter! They always have. They are the national subconsciousness shared by tens of millions of us who regularly get our most enduring impressions and values from what and who we’ve just seen on the screen. Critics explain this in various ways, statistically tracking the national rise or fall in our feelings... Read more »

Doubts....? Of Course You Have Doubts. They Are Who You Are

It’s called by many names — “The dark night of the soul,” “A crisis of faith,” “The terror.” Each a cluster of words trying to express the horror of it all. More specifically, the horror that sometimes catches up with us, whispering everything we once believed is no longer the safety net we once counted... Read more »

Change Those Paintings, Mr President

Scores of editorial pages, cable news channels, and other celebrated members of the punditry try to decipher what this mercurial President represents in our history. He seems to find Andrew Jackson his alter-ego; but if so he would be wrong. The president Donald Trump best mirrors is Calvin Coolidge. Whereas Jackson was a raw-hide military... Read more »

Why Walls Fail

There’s always been comfort in building walls around us….China’s Great Wall, Constantinople’s Wall, the Roman’s Hadrian Wall….when the “outsiders” were few, walls worked….when their numbers grew, these and other walls failed….the problem today is obvious: the number of “outsiders” surrounding Europe and those surrounding the US are multiplying & breaching the walls with migration…. Europe... Read more »

Right Now I'm Imagining A World Run By Gays

  The struggle for gay rights has made some big gains, but there is at least one battle yet to be won: Politics. Our Puritanical culture has gradually learned to accept gays in the theater, movies, literature, music, TV, even sports. However, it is still a headline-maker in politics, How incredibly silly! I am not... Read more »