Monthly Archives: July 2015

Waiting for our ruby-throated guests

I have to admit, when I first learned that hummingbirds were here in Chicago, I was rather shocked. Aren’t they tropical birds? Chicago? Really? But I have seen them at the Botanic Gardens and even once in our yard. They … Continue reading

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Not too much is better than that

My friend Michael took me on an adventure today to Richmond Illinois to a place called by the owner’s name— Ginger Blossom. He even packed a lunch for us—peanut butter and jelly (raspberry) sandwiches on toasted(!) whole grain bread, chips, … Continue reading

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Not a trace left

I was in a cleaning frenzy today— reorganizing and scrubbing the back porch, ending up with about 5 bags of recyclables and a couple of bags for donation. JB and I even tackled half of the kitchen cupboards finally getting rid of … Continue reading

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“Alas, Time stays, — we go!”

A friend of mine is teaching a summer school class about the city of Chicago and is out of town for a couple of days, so I am subbing for her. The class is small and the students are 6th … Continue reading

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“Poetry is useless” by Anders Nilsen

xxxxxpublished July 1, 2015 in Poetry Magazine  

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Wrapped in the flag

New York, 1917. This is a photograph of the American soprano (sometimes referred to as a mezzo-soprano) Marcia Van Dresser (1877-1937), who participated in a variety of patriotic programs at the Metropolitan Opera, including the sales of War Bonds in support of … Continue reading

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Newsome’s clarion call to activism

At 6am in the morning last Saturday, Bree Newsome removed the Confederate flag from the grounds of the South Carolina State Capitol by climbing its flagpole. She was arrested with James Ian Tyson who helped her over the fence around … Continue reading

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