Archive for May 2017

Are our "thoughts and prayers" really with them?: When caring becomes cliché

Are our "thoughts and prayers" really with them?: When caring becomes cliché
Reading the news right after the bombing in Manchester, England, last week, I was struck once again by how many times someone said their “thoughts and prayers” were with the people there. (If you want an idea of just how many times, simply Google “Manchester” and “thoughts and prayers.”) Of course, the “thoughts and prayers”... Read more »

Panic in the Butter Aisle: My epic battle with my wife's grocery list

Panic in the Butter Aisle: My epic battle with my wife's grocery list
  My wife, Gina, handed me a grocery list on my way out the door. Which struck fear into the very core of my soul. Dread into the depths of my being. Because I knew what awaited me. That is, though there might only have been three simple items on the list, once I got to the... Read more »

Whatever happened to spring?: Renaming Chicago's long-lost season

Whatever happened to spring?: Renaming Chicago's long-lost season
Yes, I did it. I renamed one of our seasons. Don’t you see? I had to. If you’ve been around here for the last five years, you’ve probably noticed that we don’t actually have anything resembling spring anymore. Instead, we go right from the stone cold blast of winter into a season so bog-like that... Read more »
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Quiet, please!: When did the library get so loud?

Quiet, please!: When did the library get so loud?
Ok, so I get it. Times change. Sometimes a little. Oftentimes a lot. Progress is made. Old ways of doing things are left, like crumpled soda cans, on the side of the road. The train replaced the horse. The car replaced the carriage. The plane replaced, well, just about everything. But whatever happened to quiet?... Read more »