Monthly Archives: November 2014


You’re looking at a photograph of (my pre-divorce) Chicago co-op.  It’s all set for Thanksgiving dinner.  I had done the tables up à la chinoise because all my Thanksgivings had themes and I had just gotten back from Hong Kong. I remember that … Continue reading

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The Whole Truth

IMPORTANT LETTER FROM ELBA ANNOUNCEMENT:  I am taking this Thursday, Thanksgiving, off.  My grandson Sam is coming to visit, and I’ll be busy discussing world events, the thrill of fast cars and the novels of Colette with him.  So have … Continue reading

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Author’s Note:  This post is dedicated to Melissa Smith Ross.  Another beautiful dancer. Can a little girl from a small town in Sweden find fame and fortune in Hollywood and end up going toe to toe dancing and singing with … Continue reading

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Modern Family

Author’s Note:  I want to start this post by saying thanks.  Thank you ALL for making my birthday on Friday absolutely wonderful. It was filled with surprises.  I heard from old friends, new friends, and long lost former Trivia Bowl … Continue reading

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Night At The Museum

Author’s Note:  Men, keep reading.  Do not despair.  There is something for you in this post, I promise you. That’s a Thierry Mugler dress I gifted to the Costume Council of the Chicago Historical Museum.  And tomorrow night, it makes … Continue reading

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That’s My ‘Cue

That’s the Glass Dome Hickory Pit.  Long a legendary landmark on Chicago’s South Side. Here it is at its first location on Union Street in 1955.  Later, it moved two blocks west to 2801 South Halsted.  Just a hop, skip … Continue reading

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Two Thirty

So this last Saturday morning at 11:12, my tooth falls out.  Well, not my tooth exactly- a crown from my upper back left molar. Pronto I call my dentist’s office in Glenview- knowing full well Dr. Toraason- my artistic genius … Continue reading

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The G stands for Walter

If you know what the title of this post means, then I know I’ve got you.  Welcome to the world of Dobie Gilis. Dobie started out as a collegiate character starring in the short stories of Minnesota humorist Max Shulman. … Continue reading

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