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Imagine all the people, sharing all the world

Imagine all the people, sharing all the world

From the first time I ever heard this song, I don’t even know how many years ago, I’ve hoped that people would take its message to heart. It’s a message of hope and love and peace, which are things that everybody should want, for themselves and everyone they come into contact with.

But the rush to war–like we saw a bit more than a decade ago in this country–drowns all that out. It makes people…

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07.22.14 ♥ 0

Books just got to be free, ya know? #Chicago

07.20.14 ♥ 0

Complicated and off-kilter

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I’m a big Lincoln fan, and I’ve written about statues of him, and busts, and artworks, and really anything else I could find. But Lincoln Avenue has somehow escaped my attention, until now.

Last night I found myself driving down Lincoln Avenue in Chicago, and I realized a couple of things. There are two distinct parts to it, one that begins in a neighborhood appropriately called Lincoln Park,…

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07.18.14 ♥ 0

Beware the Jabberwock! (at Lookingglass Theatre Company)

07.11.14 ♥ 0

John Hancock building, seen through the sunroof on a Friday morning #Chicago

07.11.14 ♥ 0

Real life is nothing like bumper cars. That must explain why I like them so much. #GreatAmerica (at Rue le Dodge)

07.09.14 ♥ 0

Declaring myself McDonald’s-free

Declaring myself McDonald’s-free

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At the beginning of this year, I didn’t intentionally make a resolution about avoiding McDonald’s restaurants. Those type of pledges never work. And yet, a few weeks into January I realized I hadn’t yet gone to any MickeyD’s, and I didn’t miss it, either.

After a series of months where I stayed away from all of their stores, and then posted a picture of one selected location on the last day of…

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07.08.14 ♥ 0

Still life

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Last night, as I was waiting with my family for a fireworks display to begin, my little one amused herself by doing gymnastics moves. The soft glow of the early evening, and an outsized American flag in the vicinity, seemed like a picture in the making.

As darkness drew closer, my daughter continued her flips and whatever the names are, but she handed me her iPod and told me to record her moves.…

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07.05.14 ♥ 0

The King no more

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It was thirty years ago that I had my first beer. And now, all these years later, I wish that it hadn’t happened. While I never really needed it, there was a time in my life that I wanted it, and spent whatever I had to in order to acquire it.

It’s now been more than three years since I last drank a beer, or anything else alcoholic. A quarter of a century of enthusiastic boozing relieved me of…

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07.04.14 ♥ 0

Long may it wave

I saw a clip online today that made me angry. On the eve of celebrating the birth of this great country, there was Laura Ingraham and Bill O’Reilly, chattering on about illegal immigration. Terms like “anchor baby” were used, and the Republican fantasy that people could–and should–leave the country en masse reared its ugly and ignorant head.

Whenever Ingraham and O’Reilly’s people camt thn+

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07.03.14 ♥ 0