Monthly Archives: May 2015

Welsh Witch

Tuesday May 26 was Stevie Nicks’ 67th birthday.  In honor of that milestone, let me take you all back to 1976. Here is her first appearance ever on television with Fleetwood Mac. They’re doing Rhiannon on the Midnight Special. Remember, this … Continue reading

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Car Accident

This post is dedicated to my friend John Yager.  Fellow car enthusiast and a true connoisseur. In 1969, my new husband Billy gave my sixteen year old brother his car. Well, technically he sold it to him at an advantageous, “still … Continue reading

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Exit Plan

This past Tuesday, May 19, would have been Nora Ephron’s 74th birthday. My heroine.  Gone way too soon. But I read recently that she had kept a file on her computer labelled “Exit.” (She herself had pilfered the idea from … Continue reading

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PC WARNING:  This post was inspired by Louis C.K’s “mild racism” riff on last week’s SNL.  It got me reminiscing. In case you aren’t from Chicago, this is Francis Parker School.  From pre-K to high school, it is one of the … Continue reading

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Salad Days

At long last the temperature here in Chicago is forecast to hit 80 degrees today. Yeah!  So my appestat automatically dials down to lighter fare. And that means only one thing. Salad. Whether it’s Caesar, chopped or spinning, I love … Continue reading

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“Fuck You” Money

This is the new Rolls-Royce Wraith.  The Wraith is a V-12, 642 horsepower, two door sports coupe with 2+2 seating and suicide doors. It is controlled by an eight-speed automatic transmission.  Combined fuel economy is fifteen miles per gallon. The … Continue reading

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Casual Friday

In case you can’t figure it out, that’s yours truly in the middle, Natasha Ross Tofias on the left and Nick Ross on the right.  This photograph was taken Friday night at EJ’s Place by our dear friend Lili Ann … Continue reading

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Carved In Stone

Author’s Note:  This post is dedicated to all our fathers. Today, May seventh, is the one year anniversary of our dad’s death. This is the stone that has just been put up to mark his grave. You’ll notice the words … Continue reading

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It’s been a long time since I’ve seen that shopping bag.  Time was when the beautiful violets of Bonwit Teller bloomed everywhere. The Chicago branch of the legendary New York shopping mecca stood proudly at the corners of Pearson Street … Continue reading

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