Tag Archives: Holidays

Missing spark

We spent the day yesterday in the most traditional celebration of July 4th that I have ever experienced in my whole life. We watched the Evanston parade in front of my son’s coffee and gelato shop on Central Street. The parade … Continue reading

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Happy Halloween

(Thanks, John)

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1953 Suburban Creche

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Celebrating the holidays in traditional fashion

Gut Yontif!

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Michael is Santa

Over the years, Michael has become more portly and now sports a long gray beard, nearly all white. He has shared on more than one occasion how strangers have stopped him and called him Santa. Once a small child was … Continue reading

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It started with the kids which is why it worked, the Middle School Student Council, that is. They at first wanted to do a Secret Santa for the whole Middle School. That’s close to 500 of us. The Middle School … Continue reading

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Year of the Cat

For the past couple of years a friend and colleague of mine has celebrated the Vietnamese Tet Lunar New Year– ever since she and her husband adopted two children from Vietnam. The celebration seems to have grown over time from … Continue reading

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Blues in the New Year

The Blues are gritty and true to life, down and dirty, alive. The lyrics are intimate, filled with profound pain sometimes peppered with irony and wit. The electric guitar sounds are stretched, almost elastic, much like a human voice. Notes … Continue reading

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Sundry plaster witnesses strewn in my path

I have to thank my friend Michael for jogging my memory over this one. I just read his observant and clever blog today and this memory resurfaced. When I was in high school, around this time of year, my friends and … Continue reading

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