Protected: 1968: Previously, The Old Worst Year


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You March That Way, You’ll Live This Way


1955. Once upon a time, my father’s family lived on the South Side of Chicago. Grandpa Harry and Grandma Fanny had their little house on 88th and Clyde, a squat brick home built in 1950 with a back porch and a spotless kitchen.  Uncle Paul, Aunt Frances and Barry lived on Luella, not far from Grandpa…

Impressions of Chicago (Part II)


I was born and raised in Chicago. How I thought of that city, which I left before I became an adult, was cloaked and colored under the family who brought me up there and who soaked their biases into my head. That Chicago, more specifically Lincolnwood, became a suffocating, judgmental, intolerant and petty landscape of…

Impressions of Chicago (Part 1)


When she was alive, before she was sick, my late mother Louise (1933-2014) was asked by her older sister, Millie (1924- ), to come visit Chicagoland. My mom, who had moved from Illinois to New Jersey, and now (reluctantly) California, did not want to come to Lincolnwood where her sister had moved into an assisted…

State of the Union


"X" marks the spot (keep out. keep out.), a photo by find myself a city to live in on Flickr.Chicago, IL South Side 2013 "Tonight, I propose a “Fix-It-First” program to put people to work as soon as possible on our most urgent repairs, like the nearly 70,000 structurally deficient bridges across the country. And…