JULY 24, 2013 3:49PM

For Sirenita: A Song and a River

 Dow River

The artist is Arthur Wesley Dow---Georgia O'Keeffe's teacher.
The video is rare. It's some neighbors who call themselves
"The Sons of The Never Wrong"
For Sirenita . . . .  Read full post »
JULY 22, 2013 7:01PM

Chicago's Secret Highway

“You think other people got secret highways running through their town too?”

 “What are you talking about Leo? Secret highway? You off the ginger ale and back on the Jack?”

 Leo… Read full post »

JULY 19, 2013 1:15PM

Front Porch Philosopher



 So hot standing on the front porch that the bark on the sycamore tree starts popping off. Feels like 106 degrees today. Smells worse.

 Stumble down the block. Eddie the Front Porch Philosopher… Read full post »

JULY 12, 2013 4:56PM

Snapshot of Love


They were three. The father pushing the silver Cadillac wheelchair. Swerving, gliding along Chicago’s Michigan Avenue on a hot July day. The father’s eyes with an intensity that could grab summer by the throat and make it shake if summer got in the way of caring for hi… Read full post »

JULY 3, 2013 5:17PM

Gov. Pat Quinn's July 4th


“Pat Quinn?” Leo ‘The Lip’ Lapczynski looked up from his ginger ale on the bar. “Let’s just say he and I frequent the same establishment when we’re hungry for a Big Mac and fries.… Read full post »

JUNE 28, 2013 3:33PM

Inspiring the Jobless




Where does the jobless person go for inspiration? For strength to keep going till there's work?

Is it the hope that unemployment will pass?

Hoping for work can be a challenge. Because, there is no time frame for finding a job. The myth of the logical, step-by-step process forRead full post »

JUNE 14, 2013 12:13PM

Losing Hope of Finding Work



"The worst part of trying to find a job?" he said to me, "The worst part is that I'm losing hope." It's not the rejections, it's not being at the mercy of someone half my age, it's not even the fact that finding work is a full time job withRead full post »

JUNE 4, 2013 11:01PM

The Book Will Be Free . . . .

In honor of all those Veterans looking for work. And recognizing all those who simply don't have the money for dinner---much less a book--"Finding Work When There Are No Jobs" can be downloaded from amazon for free, tomorrow and Thursday.
If you don't have a Kindle,… Read full post »



Photo Credit: John H. White 

Most of them guessed trouble this morning when Human Resources walked into the conference room. It was the very first meeting of all 28 photographers on the staff of… Read full post »

MAY 26, 2013 11:44AM

Street Music


 Perhaps you were there too.  Listen ...  Can you hear it?

Finger snap. doo-wop, night time city sounds. Bathed in the muted orange night street glow that mingles with theRead full post »

MAY 19, 2013 7:08PM

At My "Author Event" . . .


 Was I closing my eyes hoping that when I opened them, more people would appear?

 Could be.

 There were, lets just say, a few empty seats at my “author event” last week. Was the event a success? I guess that depends on your measuring stick. The only… Read full post »

MAY 16, 2013 12:20PM

No Anchormen Were Harmed . . . . .


In my rookie TV appearance. If you watch this--don't blink. It goes quick 


 And if you are in the  neighborhook tonight--I will be doing a reading from "Finding Work When There Are N… Read full post »



THURSDAY MAY 16.  7:30 Women and Children First

5233 North Clark Street

Chicago IL  60640

At Chicago’s premier independent book store, WOMEN & CHILDREN FIRST, Author Roger Wright (Chicago Guy) will be reading, signing and answering questions on his best… Read full post »

MAY 3, 2013 3:24PM

A Community Song

Under the soaring sunlit exposed brick heights of The Industrial Ballroom in Chicago, the room packed with neighbors.

If you listen hard, you can still hear the clink,… Read full post »

APRIL 28, 2013 10:52PM

Game Called On Racism?


 St. James Church. Chicago



Saturday night in Chicago, Walter Payton had to forfeit a baseball game to Gwendolyn Brooks. Wait . . . what?


Besides being one of the greatest football players to ever spin, swirl, dodge and steam roll down a football field,… Read full post »

APRIL 22, 2013 10:41PM

Richie Havens Went on First



Richie Havens went on first.

Other acts were stuck in traffic. Some balked at leading off. So by the time they all got to Woodstock, Richie Havens was up there singing about freedom.


Isn’t it amazing that you can say “Woodstock’ and every single person Read full post »

APRIL 21, 2013 2:15PM

An Academic Attacks Chicago

On this breathtakingly blue sky spring morning in Chicago, the city was attacked on the front page of the New York Times Book Review. De Paul University academic, Dr. Rachel Shteir, told us she likes Millennium Park and the Lakefront. But not much else about Chicago or Chicagoans. She ends… Read full post »

APRIL 17, 2013 7:39AM

Watching Over Boston



It’s Boston. Of course they’re here.

Right over there. In the spring breeze sun. At a table with a view. Spenser with a dark beer, Susan drinking something pink and of course Hawk has champagne. Robert B. Parker’s characters. If you close your eyes you can see… Read full post »

APRIL 14, 2013 1:12PM

When Family Goes On



 Returned to the sea by Hurricane Sandy, the house where this video was filmed is gone. But the family, spread out across wild oceans and sprawling continents, is still here. Circling the globe from Wales to Northern California. Still connected. Across any given border ofRead full post »

APRIL 4, 2013 6:35PM

Roger Ebert's Eyes



Spring is coming. Roger Ebert can’t have died.


The news filtered out on a clear and astonishingly quiet afternoon in April.

“Ebert died.”



“I don’t believe it.”

Every computer screen across the city… Read full post »

MARCH 29, 2013 8:08AM

Your Free Download . . .

of this book . . . 


does NOT contain "10 Dumbest Job Interview Questions." Which has been on what seems like the very last OS cover. Ever? The book actually has nothing like that.

To get your free Kindle Download of the book  TODAY ONLY--go here:

FindingRead full post »

MARCH 27, 2013 12:02PM



 Shhh! Keep this quiet. “Free” makes me nervous. But for 24 hours, on Friday March 29th, you’ll be able to download Finding Work When There Are No Jobs on Kindle for free.

 Prompting the always key question, “So what?”

 So . . . .

You’llRead full post »

MARCH 24, 2013 2:09PM

Tired of "Networking?"


·      Liz is a 35 year old woman who has been to six networking events in 6 weeks and at the last one, a guy actually invited her over to his condo to sit on his couch naked and eat frozen pizza.

·      Stan has  joined/… Read full post »


 Imagine the hands reaching into that spacecraft and pulling out Bach’s music.

 When the two Voyager Spaceships launched in 1977, bound for unfathomably distant, unknown stars, there was more… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
MARCH 17, 2013 1:19PM

10 Dumbest Job Interview Questions



All of the questions are real. Currently being used in job interviews or applications. Gathered in researching Finding Work When There Are No Jobs.


Then there are the answers I wanted to give.

So, what’s the dumbest job interview question you’ve ever heard?Read full post »