Monthly Archives: March 2016

Modern Times

Yesterday was our last day before spring break. We just completed our Chicago History research project and Fair the previous week as well as our Pullman debates— discussing and debating labor issues, the role of unions, and the materialism of … Continue reading

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Five mile weekend walk

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Bonsai vegetable garden behind the kitchen faucet

Micro-greens for spring salads growing in my bonsai vegetable garden behind the kitchen faucet– (clockwise from center front) celery, carrots, cabbage, bok choy, and more carrots.

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Divine Guidance

Yesterday in class, the students made presentations to the rest of us in preparation for our Chicago History Fair that evening. After each student shared their research, the rest of us would fill out a sheet which would give responses … Continue reading

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Confessions of a Republican

This was a presidential campaign ad aired in 1964. In November of that year, Lyndon Baines Johnson defeated Goldwater in the biggest landslide since 1820. Hauntingly timely.

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First dinner on the back porch

73 degrees on a Tuesday night! Time to open up the back porch. Time to come out of hibernation.

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Dr. Quentin Young 1923-2016

This is a tribute to Dr. Quentin Young, a resident of Hyde Park for most of his life, who was a dedicated advocate for single payer healthcare and a civil rights advocate. He died yesterday at 92. I met him … Continue reading

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El Greco and the Tension of Tangents

Domenikos Theotokopoulos (1541-1614), known as El Greco, was a man out of time. He learned to paint Byzantine icons in his home on Crete, studied with Titian and others in Italy, and made a successful art career for himself in … Continue reading

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Wintergatan- Marble Machine

The musical band/group Wintergatan (Swedish for “Milky Way”) is a creative group of musicians who utilize unexpected objects and mechanical devices to create their sound. They call their style of music — folktronica. This Marble Machine was created and built … Continue reading

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“Whacked” by C.K. Williams

(from the Poetry Society limited edition (450), illustrated with woodcuts by Nicholas Garland, artist and Daily Telegraph political cartoonist, and printed by Phil Abel of Hand & Eye letterpress studio, London. Set in Plantin on a 200gsm Fabriano paper)

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