Monthly Archives: April 2014

Number, Please

ALpine 1- 8186.  That was our phone number when we moved from Chicago to the suburbs.  I was five years old and I clearly remember the day when our telephone was installed. It was beige and mounted on the wall … Continue reading

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Girl Crush

This post is dedicated to Joan Himmel Freeman.  Stylish, spirited and kind- and my forever girl crush. I don’t get crushes on my own sex often.  But when I fall, I fall hard.  And right now I’ve had a coup … Continue reading

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Due Date

Today is April twentieth.  So let me start by wishing you all a happy Easter and a happy Passover.  A lovely time of the year.  A time of rebirth, chocolate eggs and the Afikomen. (And great licorice drops- if you … Continue reading

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Act Two

Tonight at New York’s Vivian Beaumont Theatre, a new play, Act One, opens.  It is the adaptation of playright Moss Hart’s famous show business autobiography and it stars Tony Shaloub. Act One has often been called “The Bible of Broadway.” … Continue reading

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I’m in love again. And he’s rich, urbane, erudite and English.  He possesses beautiful manners, an impeccable wardrobe, a manservant, a monocle and a title.  He’s perfect for me and I know we’d be blissfully happy together. There’s only one … Continue reading

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The Food Network

Long before there was ever a Cooking Channel, Chicago had its own celebrity television chef. His name was François Pope and he hosted a morning program on WBKB Channel 7 called “Creative Cookery.” And even though I was a tiny … Continue reading

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Watch Me

Question: Does the word “Hodinkee” mean anything to you? Answer:  If you said “wristwatch” (based on the Czech word “hodinky”) give yourself an A.  It mean’s you’re a “watch guy” as Hodinkee is THE hot website for watch enthusiasts. Time … Continue reading

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Design For Living

The calendar says Spring and with the happy promise of warmer weather and fair sailing ahead, may I give you a suggestion about how to spend a wonderful Chicago afternoon? Last August I floated down the river in fine company. … Continue reading

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