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A Minute with Michael

  • Monster Fight Instructions
    Zombie(Punch)Frankenstein’s Monster(Fire)Vampire(Punch)Sparkly Vampire(Punch & Stake)Creature from The Black Lagoon(Fishing Lure & punch)The Mummy(Punch)The Wolfman(Punch)Witch(Punch)Ghost(Punch the air)Skeleton(Punch)The Devil(Punch & Jesus)Findin…
    - 2 days ago, 20 Oct 17, 2:13pm -
  • New Autumns
    Each year of life presents us withnew Autumns.For every minute we live,it is inevitable that change willcome, like leaves falling, after theirburst of Fall color and dormancy.For some, there is only a finalAutumn, a last change into dormancy,before a…
    - 3 days ago, 19 Oct 17, 7:01pm -
  • October Impact
    The impact of Octobershould be chilling, thrilling,and terrifying. Reds, yellows, mixed withgraying skies is the backdropto a most haunting time of year.  The October setting sun;blistering the landscape withAutumnal hues. The long, Fall shadows sho…
    - 11 days ago, 11 Oct 17, 6:15pm -
  • Thanks for Seven Years!
    Today marks the Seven Year Anniversary of A Minute With Michael. Thanks to everyone for their support and continued enjoyment of my passion project. I swear there's another book coming out, really. I mean it. Thanks again!
    - 18 days ago, 4 Oct 17, 3:51pm -
  • Do I Have to Say It Again?
                                               Dodge City - 1879                The Wild West wasn’t the Wild West. Most “Wild West” towns had very strict gun laws. So strict, in fact, that you couldn’t even walk int…
    - 19 days ago, 3 Oct 17, 4:24pm -
  • Department of Infernal Regions
                    The Department of the Apocalypse was bustling with bureaucracy as horned and winged clerks hustled behind giant stone service counters. The room flickered in an out of shadow cast by the torches placed along the red brick wall…
    - 23 days ago, 29 Sep 17, 4:35pm -
  • It Is Not My Circus
    I’m not a magician,so there’s no magichappening.I’m not a mind reader,so I don’t know whatyou’re thinking.I’m not a juggler,so I can only take care ofone thing at a time.I’m not a Ring Master,so I’ve no control overwhat you do or say.…
    - 24 days ago, 28 Sep 17, 6:00pm -
  • As Heavy As Gravity
    Are intelligence and loveincompatible? I wonder because I can rationalize, intellectualize, and reason all about the theoryof love; but I don’t seem to knowwhat it is. It bothers me, because I’ve brokenhearts, and I feel the guilt; anobligation o…
    - 27 days ago, 25 Sep 17, 5:13pm -
  • Metaphor Road
    How about we go down thatroad; the one that twists andturns, dips and dives, crests anddrops.The road near the precipice,the ledge over the canyon,the road by the abyss,the one we never take.“Shit, I take that road all the time,”she said. She spi…
    - 30 days ago, 22 Sep 17, 7:59pm -
  • I Won't Forget
    Every year, on this day,I try to write something I think will be poignant,honest and help to honor the heartachethat still lingers for so many.As time marches on, thememories of that awful day,start to get hazy around the edges. It’s not sepia tone…
    - 41 days ago, 11 Sep 17, 3:50pm -

Chicago Architecture

  • Chicago’s Pioneer Court Apple Store Opens in 3… 2… 1…

    Chicago’s Pioneer Court Apple Store Opens in 3… 2… 1…

    Apple’s new Michigan Avenue flagship store opens for business this morning.  The Cupertino, California computer and gadget company made a splash several years ago when it revealed that it would shutter its 2003 flagship at Michigan and Huron and m…
    - 2 days ago, 20 Oct 17, 2:33pm -
  • The 78 Chicago — The Huge Plan for Downtown That Actually Could Happen

    The 78 Chicago — The Huge Plan for Downtown That Actually Could Happen

    Over the last couple of years, Chicago’s traditional and new media have been ablaze with huge headlines about massive bigger real estate development projects all over town.  While most are eager to print even the most fanciful claims and screwball…
    - 3 days ago, 19 Oct 17, 11:00pm -
  • “The 78” to Transform Chicago’s South Loop

    “The 78” to Transform Chicago’s South Loop

    If you’ve been wondering why things have been so quiet between Roosevelt Road and Chinatown, it turns out things have been going on behind the scenes.  Big things. Tomorrow morning, Governor Bruce Rauner will announce a public-private partnership…
    - 4 days ago, 19 Oct 17, 1:08am -
  • Sizeable Residential Tower Planned for Blossoming Milwaukee Corridor

    Sizeable Residential Tower Planned for Blossoming Milwaukee Corridor

    As the city of Chicago’s various neighborhoods re-make themselves in a more modern image, new residential neighborhoods are blooming in unlikely places.  As Kate Nash’s 20-something garage-punk angstfest  goes, “You can grow flowers from wher…
    - 6 days ago, 17 Oct 17, 5:30am -
  • Almost 700-Foot Hotel/Residential Tower to Perch on Kennedy’s Shoulder

    Almost 700-Foot Hotel/Residential Tower to Perch on Kennedy’s Shoulder

    ‘Tis the season for skyscrapers in Chicago, and not surprisingly, the greater Greektown/West Town area isn’t being left behind.  The latest project in the works for the corner of Lake and Halsted is an enormous 58-story tower designed by Perkin…
    - 7 days ago, 16 Oct 17, 5:45am -
  • 19-Story Tower Rejected for Being Too Tall Back as 51-Story Tower

    19-Story Tower Rejected for Being Too Tall Back as 51-Story Tower

    Another developer is going to try to put up a huge skyscraper in Chicago’s Fulton Market District. Tucker Development and Related Midwest want to replace a surface parking lot with a 51-story residential skyscraper at 156 North Peoria Street.  Wh…
    - 7 days ago, 16 Oct 17, 5:30am -
  • Plans Filed For Soaring Cathedral District Skyscraper, and Holy Name is it Big

    Plans Filed For Soaring Cathedral District Skyscraper, and Holy Name is it Big

    For the third time in recent years, an underutilized Chicago Roman Catholic church parking lot will be replaced by a skyscraper.  This time, it’s across the street from Holy Name Cathedral; and as would seem appropriate for the parking lot of the…
    - 11 days ago, 11 Oct 17, 11:22pm -
  • West Clearing Getting Ready For New Dore School

    West Clearing Getting Ready For  New Dore School

    The next public school to go up in Chicago will be the replacement for Dore Elementary School.  The new school building will go up at 7134 West 65th Street, in the West Clearing Neighborhood.    The City issued the construction permit late last w…
    - 12 days ago, 11 Oct 17, 5:15am -
  • $Half-Billion Willis Tower Expansion Imminent

    $Half-Billion Willis Tower Expansion Imminent

    Chicago’s tallest building is about to get its biggest upgrade in years. The City has approved construction permits for a half-billion dollar reconstruction of the lower levels of Willis Tower (233 South Wacker Drive).  Altogether, six floors of t…
    - 13 days ago, 10 Oct 17, 5:30am -
  • North Side’s Serpentine Underbridge Now Underway

    North Side’s Serpentine Underbridge Now Underway

    After several years of watching Chicago’s near northwestish side enjoy the benefits of its celebrated, elevated, urban park, the mid-northish side is now getting in on some of the 606 love. Except this time, it’s called the 312 RiverRun.  And it…
    - 13 days ago, 10 Oct 17, 5:15am -