Archive for May 2017

Thinking of the Cousin I Never Knew on Memorial Day

Thinking of the Cousin I Never Knew on Memorial Day
A version of this post was first published on May 29, 2016. His name was Robert Eugene Enright. He was a farmer who grew up in Madison County, Iowa. Robert was my mother’s cousin. My grandfather’s only nephew. I never knew him. My cousin Mary, who is now in her 80s, told me that her... Read more »

Remembering My Mother's Life as a Script Girl and Hand Model for Wilding Studios

Remembering My Mother's Life as a Script Girl and Hand Model for Wilding Studios
Red. They were always red. But not just any red. Mom’s nails were postwar red. A red as moist as Marilyn Monroe’s flirty pout. A red with the durability of a fade resistant, waterproof, glossy Earl Shieb auto paint job. That positive, all-things-are-possible-red that clung to wagons, bicycles, balls, and swings in the 1950s. Some... Read more »

Life in the Windiest City in the World: Wellington, New Zealand.

Life in the Windiest City in the World: Wellington, New Zealand.
Any Chicagoan knows our city’s reputation as the “Windy City,” is about politics, not wind. In Wellington, New Zealand, however, it’s all about wind. Considered the windiest city in the world, Wellington once clocked winds at 154 mph near the┬ácity’s centre. As depicted in Solace in the Wind, a waterfront sculpture of a man leaning... Read more »
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