JANUARY 5, 2011 11:49AM

OS Chicago meet-up next week

Chicago's Art Institute, our grandest monument to art, is having free admission days on weekdays this month.  To celebrate, a few of us decided to have a little get together next Tuesday 1/11.  We're still figuring out the last few details, but I was thinking of lunchtime or early afternoon… Read full post »

JANUARY 4, 2011 5:25PM

open call: where I write

I do most of my writing at home in the den, in front of my faithful Mac.  More often than not, one or both of our cats is climbing around on the desk, rearranging piles of paper and assorted other stuff.  To the left, a very comfortable couch with piles of… Read full post »

JANUARY 1, 2011 10:45AM

a bit of soul

A musical thought for the new year. 

 

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DECEMBER 31, 2010 9:13PM

I've got a feeling

 
I've got a feeling that things will be a little bit better next year.  For the moment, I'm going to relax and appreciate what's good in my life.  Even if it's only for a little while, I hope you can set aside your cares and just feel good.  … Read full post »
Editor’s Pick
DECEMBER 30, 2010 9:26AM

the end of an era

Today the last lab to process Kodachrome film is discontinuing the process.  The era of Kodachrome is gone forever

It had a special look like no other film, vivid and magical.  It was also unforgiving.  Exposure had to be absolutely correct, or you didn't get that magical look… Read full post »

DECEMBER 29, 2010 6:58PM

healing

It's been two weeks since I had arthroscopic surgery on my knee.  I had torn cartilage back in August, which has gotten steadily worse, so I wasn't sure exactly what my doctor would find when he got in there. 

Two days after surgery, when I was able to remove the… Read full post »

DECEMBER 29, 2010 5:51PM

a spring tease

And the garden porn cometh .  .  . 

garden porn

All of these have arrived in the last few days.  There will be more - lovely bits of eye candy to contemplate on the coldest days of the year. Read full post »

DECEMBER 28, 2010 7:18AM

winter fun

These dogs have the right idea.  

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DECEMBER 27, 2010 6:12PM

better get it while you can

This morning over breakfast, my husband Scott told me about his night at work.  It's part of our morning routine.  Sometimes the stories are funny or uplifting.  Other stories are really hard. 

He was assigned to the paddy wagon, partnered with a decent guy he'd worked with a few… Read full post »

DECEMBER 26, 2010 10:52AM

white Christmas

We had a beautiful Christmas.  I hope you did, too.

10-0521m

Horse chestnut

10-0532m

Barberry

10-0509m

Bee balm

10-0511m

Coneflower

10-0515m

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DECEMBER 24, 2010 1:51PM

when help is hard to find

To Chicago readers - If you know anyone who can help with this situation, I'd like to hear from you.

About two months ago, a couple of dear friends lost their beloved sheepdog to cancer.  He was 12 years old and had been with them since he was a pup. … Read full post »

DECEMBER 21, 2010 9:21PM

holiday wishes and good news

I've loved spending another year on OS with you all, and I'm hoping we'll have another year of good fun together. 

I've got some good news to share.  Scott and I got married. We decided it was time and went for a simple ceremony at City Hall, with one of… Read full post »

DECEMBER 16, 2010 8:59AM

getting better

Yesterday's arthroscopic knee surgery went well.  The doctor said the cartilage damage wasn't too bad and recovery should be easier than the last time I went through this (other knee).  I was home by early afternoon.

My aunt lent me a great device for icing the knee to relieve swelling and… Read full post »

DECEMBER 14, 2010 8:10PM

my last night of freedom

Tonight is my last night of freedom for a while.  I've had many injuries over the years, especially to my knees.  Tomorrow morning I'm going in for my third arthroscopic knee surgery, #2 for the right knee.  I won't be very mobile for the next few weeks, and I expect to… Read full post »

DECEMBER 8, 2010 12:12PM

a difference of 10

Ten years ago I had an accident that changed my life.  It was early on a beautiful summer morning.  I was riding my bike with a group of friends, starting what was to be my first century (100 mile) ride. 

A good friend was leading the ride.  We were all… Read full post »

DECEMBER 8, 2010 11:06AM

it was 30 years ago today

It was a seemingly ordinary December day.  I waited in line at the dorm cafeteria for yet another unmemorable meal.  The room was filled with the usual chatter about final exams and winter break.  Our campus radio station was background music.  When the news came on, and we heard… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 30, 2010 12:58AM

a further update on our black Friday

Update:  In the last week of the year, we've learned that police have arrested and charged a suspect for the murder of the officer mentioned at the end of this post.  That brings a measure of closure at the end of this difficult year.

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NOVEMBER 28, 2010 7:33PM

the hidden cost of cheap stuff

As I wrote in my previous post and comments, there's no simple, easy answer to the problems afflicting Chicago and our society as a whole.  I won't pretend to have a complete solution, just a few observations about the road we're on.

As life becomes more tenuous for the "have nots"… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 27, 2010 8:14AM

the wrong kind of black Friday

This week has brought tragic news for the family and friends of two Chicago police officers.  Yesterday an evidence technician was shot and killed while investigating a crime scene at the home of a former public housing officer, who was also killed.  On Monday, another Chicago police office… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 25, 2010 3:48PM

giving thanks

It's been a challenging week and year, but I'd like to share a list of things I'm grateful for.

1.  Scott, my kind supportive guy.  I don't know how I would have gotten through the last few years without him.

2.   Not being in a job I hate.  Long-term unemployment… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 23, 2010 3:00PM

been away too long

Sorry I haven't posted much lately.  I've been around in comments here and there.  The last few months have been exhausting and somewhat trying.

Back in August, I was in crunch time as part of the volunteer management team for Chicago's Boulevard Lakefront Tour (BLT).  I've also been l… Read full post »

OCTOBER 11, 2010 12:40PM

Chicago bike resources

This is for those of you who live in or near Chicago and ride bikes, especially if you're not doing as much riding as you'd like.  How many of you are familiar with the following resources?

Chicago Bike 2015 Plan

Bike Winter - yes, you can ride all year round… Read full post »

OCTOBER 3, 2010 7:51PM

parking hell update

I previously wrote about being ensnared by the City of Chicago parking bureacracy.  We decided to challenge the parking ticket for parking in a location designated for resident permit parking only during Soldier Field events, because the sign stating that fact was so well hidden.

Yesterday we go… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 12, 2010 5:25PM

and this started as such a nice day

Early this morning, I loaded up the bike in the car to start a ride from the South Loop.  I needed to preview a route for an architecture bike tour I'm leading next weekend.  I found a parking space near where I wanted to start, found that the meters didn't need… Read full post »

AUGUST 15, 2010 8:58PM

a different kind of retail therapy

Unlike many women I know, I'm not really into the idea of shopping as recreation.  Unless it's a category or store that I really love (plants, bikes, books), I'd rather just find the best choice for the item(s) I'm seeking, pay for my stuff, and move along to non-retail pursuits.  In… Read full post »