Category: Chicago

I Went on Vacation and It Was OK

My pack of friends had been talking for weeks about have a get together sometime, as COVID numbers were climbing and summer was waning. We’d also been talking about summer vacations. No one wants to fly and then Cook County started putting quarantine restrictions… Continue Reading “I Went on Vacation and It Was OK”

Town Hall

My Congressional district is the Illinois 10th.  We seem to identify as Moderates, which has us sending the following people to Congress: 2010:  Robert Dold – R 2012:  Brad Schneider – D 2014:  Robert Dold – R 2016:  Brad Schneider – D There was… Continue Reading “Town Hall”

Bernie’s Book Bank

I may have mentioned that my awesome employer allows for each of us to have two work days each year for volunteering events.  Last week we spent some time at Bernie’s Book Bank.  Their mission: “facilitates the collection, processing and redistribution of new and… Continue Reading “Bernie’s Book Bank”

I Went to C2E2 and Didn’t Take Pictures

I had heard of the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, but never attended.  Yesterday, after my Book Club was postponed, I decided to go.  A couple of authors I like were there, they were going to have some stuff about 24 and in fact,… Continue Reading “I Went to C2E2 and Didn’t Take Pictures”

New Favorite Charity – Adopt a Classroom

I forget where I first heard of Adopt-a- Classroom, but the premise was very familiar: Teachers spend a lot of their own money for stuff needed in the classroom.  School budgets are tight, parents can’t always afford supplies and teachers want the best for their… Continue Reading “New Favorite Charity – Adopt a Classroom”

Pictures Like this Are Why I Love the Chicago Tribune

That stupid Marilyn Monroe statue downtown during the first snowfall of the season.

A few months ago, Chicago lost its alternative radio station.  There aren’t very many rock stations left, and Q101 was a Gen X staple.  If I remember correctly, it launched the summer that I left for college.  I had two clues that it was… Continue Reading “”

Doing the Shakespeare

My awesome friend John did me a good turn by going to the Bird Walk with me on Monday.  In the 90 degree heat.  The joke was that my mother pledged $25 if I didn’t walk more than three miles.  So that was my… Continue Reading “Doing the Shakespeare”


The “group activity” for the conference this week was a trip into the city.  The park and Navy Pier.  I had to explain The Bean to the ladies from Montana and Idaho. “I think it has a real name, but I don’t know what… Continue Reading “Tourists”

BTT: Cereal

Booking through Thursday – the question was: What’s the oddest thing you’ve ever read? (You know, something NOT a book, magazine, short story, poem or article.) There is a pizza place in Chicago called Gino’s.  I would call it in the Top 5 of… Continue Reading “BTT: Cereal”