Chicago, Illinois, US
October 15
I enjoy riding my bike around Chicago in my free time, perusing art and gardens, enjoying good beer, and musing on the wackiness of life.


NOVEMBER 2, 2014 6:30PM

discovering an old connection

Last week I went to the bank to get a document from the safe deposit box.  I got into a conversation with the vault attendant, who I've known for several years from visits there.  We started talking about jobs and commutes.  She mentioned that her current commute of about 1.5 hrs… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 23, 2014 6:43PM

thoughts on healing

Some of you may know from Facebook that my summer has been a challenging one due to an ankle fracture I suffered in June. The challenges of doing a public transit commute and a regular work week while recovering from a weight bearing injury can be formidable. The fracture is finally… Read full post »

JULY 4, 2014 10:15AM

first date

Yesterday I stopped in at a neighborhood café.  As I took a seat, I noticed a silver haired couple sitting at a nearby table.  I heard bits of their conversation – “getting acquainted” chat.  A first date – sweet.  After about 15 minutes, the innocenRead full post »

JANUARY 19, 2014 11:16PM

on science and trust

In the past year, I've had some stimulating discussions via social media, inspired by news and opinion pieces about genetically modified organisms (GMOs), particularly in agriculture.  Many among my circle of friends are inclined to be suspicious of GMOs and want to see them labeled in grocery s… Read full post »

DECEMBER 2, 2013 9:20PM

the tyranny of mayonnaise

A friend invited me to lunch recently and suggested trying a new place down the street - the latest location of a popular chain that's fairly new here.  I thought I should give it a try.

Lunch places  with healthier offerings are becoming a little easier to find in Chicago's Loop… Read full post »

OCTOBER 7, 2012 8:44AM

in memory of a guy I never met

On Friday morning, as I was walking from the train to the office, I saw a scene I recognized at a downtown intersection - the aftermath of an accident between a cyclist and car.  A woman stood beside her bike, crying a bit, obviously shaken up, talking to a police officer.… Read full post »

OCTOBER 2, 2012 1:42AM

back in the saddle again

It all started with a bike.  When I was six, learning to ride a bike was a taste of real freedom and a bonding experience with my dad.  A bike had meant freedom in his childhood.  My own learning experience was a time of encouragement and learning about the positive moments… Read full post »

AUGUST 16, 2012 10:34PM

living in a fog

Over the last several months, I've written about chronic painlong-term unemployment, and getting a new job.  The pain medication was great for a few months, then I got switched to a different medication, which is now losing its effectiveness.  The new job is working out oka… Read full post »

JUNE 6, 2012 9:14PM

my long vacation is almost over

A while back, I wrote about my unintended vacation and things that have slowed down the process of finding a new job.  Last week I had an opportunity fall into my lap, and things worked out surprisingly fast.

 I occasionally do Critical Mass bike rides and have been on t… Read full post »

MAY 19, 2012 12:12AM

in the jaws of the beast

It's finally here - NATO summit weekend.  I wasn't sure how I'd feel when it arrived, but now it's crystal clear: fear. 

My husband is one of many Chicago police officers assigned to McCormick Place - site of this weekend's NATO summit.  He'll be working 12 hour days, facing unknown th… Read full post »

APRIL 14, 2012 4:27AM

three years

Has it been three years already since I first took the plunge and joined you?

 At times it feels like mere months rather than years.  At other times, it feels like a lifetime ago.  I was still at the old job then, hanging out with Stim and trying to survive the trials an… Read full post »

APRIL 11, 2012 11:07PM

a small miracle

A few weeks ago, I heard something from a friend that was one of the best gifts I could get: the news that he's getting a kidney transplant.  Paul has been one of my best friends for years.  He's also suffered a lot of health issues during that time.  For years,… Read full post »

MARCH 13, 2012 8:50AM

lovely day

We've been enjoying an incredible weather week, to continue the trend of unusually warm weather.  Sandhill cranes are migrating early. 


Crocuses are blooming.  We're expecting t-shirt and shorts weather today.


Nothing profound to say.  Just celebrating a lovely…

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FEBRUARY 27, 2012 4:00PM

planning a Chicago OS meet-up

It's been a while since we've had any Chicago-area OS meet-ups.  Recently I've had an exchange with a few folks about remedying that situation.  I was thinking of hosting a potluck barbecue and offering an optional pre-BBQ bike tour of our bike friendly, photogenic neighborhood.  This… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 18, 2012 9:38AM

should I stay or should I go?

Many of us are wondering what May will look like here in Chicago.  Whether we like it or not, the G8/NATO summit is coming.  No one really knows how many thousands of protesters will descend on us along with the bigwigs, but we're expecting lots.

As the date gets closer, we're hearing… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 5, 2012 8:18AM

my unintended vacation

In the spring of 2009, I was feeling burned out and frustrated at my job.  The brown nosers and backstabbers made the law firm where I worked a daily hell more often than not.  I celebrated the days when the worst of them were out sick or on vacation.  When they… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 4, 2012 6:33PM

more from the 80s

Seeing all your pictures and videos has been like time travel.  Most of my memories from then are fun.

me in 1980
me in 1980
In this picture, my hair is pulled back, so you can't tell how long and thick it was.  It went most of the way down my back and
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JANUARY 3, 2012 10:49AM

hope for a better year

It's been two weeks since I started the biggest change I've experienced in a long time: feeling better and getting good sleep.  My knees still feel good, which is nothing short of a miracle, especially in light of the temperature changes and storms we've seen in that time.

This new… Read full post »

DECEMBER 25, 2011 9:32AM

Merry Christmas to all

DECEMBER 23, 2011 9:15AM

starting over

For the last year or so, I feel like I've been dropping in and out of real life.  I started having serious injuries at 14, after a major growth spurt - knees, lower back, knees again.  In the coming years, a foot and ankle injury turned into plantar fasciitis - in… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 18, 2011 2:36PM

unseen treasure in Uptown

For almost 30 years, one of the largest buildings in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood has been a ghost, a vacant hint of its former self.   The Uptown Theater looms over the intersection of Lawrence and Broadway, empty, waiting.

A few years ago, an excellent video was made about the Uptown (a… Read full post »

OCTOBER 27, 2011 3:06PM

ghosts of 1968

Back in 1968, I was a little kid in Logan Square.  It was a nervous year in our neighborhood, starting with the west side riots after Martin Luther King's assassination.

The west side burned for days as all hell broke lose.  No one knew how far it might go. … Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 15, 2011 6:42PM

digging and thumping

Back in July, I mentioned that I've been a bit overwhelmed this summer with our big landscape overhaul.  We're getting a lot closer to done, and I'm almost ready to celebrate.

Today I spent most of the day digging and thumping - or as my husband understands it, moving dirt and… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 12, 2011 11:53AM

an ordinary day

The day started out with promise - a clear blue sky, light breeze, and no stress.  I headed for the train.  The ride downtown was routine.

That part of my day yesterday was very much like 9/11/01, until the moment on that day when so many cell phones started ringing on… Read full post »

AUGUST 21, 2011 9:47AM

night sounds

Last night I sat on the patio, enjoying a cold beer at the end of a really long day.  It was pleasant to simply listen to all the sounds I ordinarily hear without thinking about them.  My aural environment here in Beverly (on Chicago's far south side) is very different from… Read full post »