A seemingly endless stretch of wilderness faced the house I grew up in on Chicago’s far north side. Dense stands of old-growth trees stood guard around its perimeter. Looking west from our front door, all I could see beyond the green chain-link fence was grass, trees and a tall dark tower. As we know from […]
Over winter break one day we stopped at Little Louie’s in Northbrook. I told my husband we should eat lunch there because our nine-year-old daughter could have something she likes and we could have something healthier. We ordered a hot dog and fries for our daughter and chicken and avocado wraps for ourselves. After we finished the wraps, […]
My blog niche is drifting. It’s headed towards Chicago and, more often than not, Chicago as it’s remembered. Not only in my memories, but in the memories of others as well. My blog posts may, however, still fit the niche I carved — life, work and the Internet. The Internet is increasingly where we find memories. It’s where we find […]
Today is the official opening of campaign season in Illinois and my friend, Bonnie Carol McGrath, is running for Cook County circuit court judge. Since I didn’t know judges were elected–I thought they were always appointed–I decided to interview Bonnie to learn about the process. It turns out judges do campaign, even on “L” platforms. There’s a reason […]
We’re on the Internet to find old friends and make new ones who share our interests: books, writing, cooking, crafts, work, politics, humor, parenting, travel. The merging of traditional content and new formats feels seamless. Except when it doesn’t. At certain times, and winter break is one of those times, being on the Internet is at odds with life. […]
One day years ago, as I rode my bike through the old Chicago neighborhood known as Wicker Park, I glimpsed at what looked like Hebrew lettering on a brick building with a blue cross. I stopped to investigate and discovered the building formerly housed Temple Beth-El.
Can you imagine a blog without a year-end list? Mine is my favorite website discoveries. They’ve served me well through a year of loss and change. They seem like the kind of sites that will be around for a while. Best of all, they’re all free. I’ve divided the list into three categories covering major types of […]
It’s fascinating finding old landmarks on the Google map of Chicago. When you see, for example, Herzl Junior College, well, that’s a whole chapter of Chicago history.
Today, there’s Meetup.com, a website that captures the independent-minded spirit and organized chaos of a university without walls program.
The latest trend in social media is Foursquare, a website that helps people turn their virtual connections into real ones. You can do this on your own. I do, once a month, when I have lunch with Elaine Soloway and Bonnie McGrath. I met Elaine hanging out at Danny Miller’s blog in the comments aisle, which usually […]