Tag Archives: Chicago

Valentine’s Day Story #1: An Eyeball and a Dozen Roses

I was living in Chicago, having a grand old time. Let’s face it, I was wild. I had no interest in a serious relationship. There were a couple of men buzzing around me. One of them (sweet, nice, a guy … Continue reading

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“If you feel blocked, do not turn to others, but look inside, in silence, for the enemy of your progress.” — Jeff Buckley

For Jeff Buckley’s Birthday First: My brother Brendan, in his 50 Best Albums list, which I posted here during 2020, wrote about Grace. But it’s about so much more. It’s about the time in which Grace came out, and what … Continue reading

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#TBT Who the heck is making all that RUCKUS outside?

One year in Chicago, my friend Ann Marie and I decided to celebrate New Year’s Eve by staying in and doing nothing. As 20somethings, this seemed hilarious to us. It was the most radical thing we could possibly do. We … Continue reading

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Photo of the Day: Opera

The Chicago Loop. Believe the hype. I worked down there for most of my time in Chicago, in various temp jobs. They don’t have temp agencies anymore, not really, but God, they were a godsend for someone like me. An … Continue reading

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#TBT Hat Day

In Chicago, our friend Christina Bevilacqua was a hat designer. She had her own studio. Her hats were cloth creations, with different colored floppy bows or felt flowers or etc. that could be snapped on, or off. We loved them. … Continue reading

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Photo of the Day: Frozen lake

Wandering down to check out Lake Michigan on a freezing cold day. You didn’t want to brave the cold that often, and honestly, when everything froze over, the shore felt dangerous, like one false step, and you’d slip on the … Continue reading

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#TBT a relic

My friend Phil unearthed this relic and sent it to me. I gasped when I saw it. I didn’t even remember doing this but there’s so much in it, an entire time and place and era … in the moment … Continue reading

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#tbt Gen-X avatars

These pictures just emerged from the deep, shared by Mitchell. I have never seen them before. It’s such a time capsule. 1990s, obviously, I mean, look at our clothes, the flannel, etc. I still dress like this, so nothing has … Continue reading

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Photo of the Day: Meghan Murphy

This is my friend Meghan Murphy, an absolutely incredible singer and actress. I took this during one of my visits to Chicago, in the dead of winter. She had a gig with her band, Everybody Says Yes, and we all … Continue reading

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Photo of the Day: seemingly the edge of the world

On one of my trips to Chicago after I left, I went down to the shores of Lake Michigan. It was March, and freezing cold. The little marina was completely frozen over, and there were chunks of ice heaving up … Continue reading

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