Monthly Archives: September 2014


With the New York Film Festival in full swing, the Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals just behind us, and Chicago’s very own version set to debut in October, we’re drawing nigh to the wide release of some very highly-praised movies. … Continue reading

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Piece of Cake

Fantasy Fudge.  Apple Twists.  Cheese Flakies.  Chocolate Puffs. If you grew up on Chicago’s North Shore, you’re sure to recognize these names and remember Heinemann’s Bakery. They started in 1929 with a single, small bakery.  By 1935, one store had … Continue reading

Posted in food, Memoir, pop culture, Uncategorized | 10 Comments

Check It Out

A couple of weeks ago, when I flew to Boston, the TSA had a nice little surprise waiting for me on my boarding pass. When I printed it up, I saw that I had been assigned the TSA “Pre-Check.” Sweet. … Continue reading

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Gimme Shelter

I wanted to write something funny and adorable today.  But Ray Rice wouldn’t let me. By now, I’m sure you’ve all seen the above video of him delivering a left cross knockout punch to the head of this then-fiancée and … Continue reading

Posted in Divorce, Memoir, pop culture | 8 Comments

Burns Notice

Tonight, on your local PBS television station, Part One of the documentary, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History debuts.  This episode kicks off a seven night, fourteen hour exploration of the complex lives, times and relationships between three of our country’s … Continue reading

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The Granny Diaries by Sam Tofias

Dateline:  Boston.  Hi, all.  This is Sam Tofias, your roving cub reporter.  My assignment this weekend?  To cover the first visit of blogger, Ellen Ross. I nabbed this plum job because the literary scene is part of my beat- and Ellen … Continue reading

Posted in Cooking, Grandparents, Memoir, pop culture | 20 Comments

(No) Sex And The City – Part Quatre “Baby Steps”

Before the curtain rises, a quick word from our sponsor. Letter From Elba will not be in your mailbox this coming Sunday, September 7.  To celebrate National Grandparents Day, I will be in Boston with my grandson, Sam.  There will be … Continue reading

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