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A Minute with Michael

  • Yeah, yeah, yeah, Thanksgiving 2020
     To be Thankful, is to acknowledge the great gifts we have received, embraced and have luckily cherished over what has got to be one of the shittiest years in the history of modern times.   2020 has been by far, one of the largest turds ever dropp…
    - 7 days ago, 24 Nov 20, 9:08pm -
  • Sleepy Fingers
     “What are you going to write about,” she asked. “I honestly don’t know,” I said, “My fingers are a bit sleepy.”   “Sleepy fingers. Now that’s something,” she said. “Meh,” I said, “Sounds like a rejected 1970’s rock ban…
    - 19 days ago, 12 Nov 20, 8:44pm -
  • An Inner Voice
     My inner voice is  claustrophobic. Scratching and clawing at the sides of my skull, Mewing like a wild cat, stuck in a cage at a City Zoo.  Pacing back and forth behind the black iron bars, stared at the fat onlookers, chomping on popco…
    - 25 days ago, 6 Nov 20, 4:07pm -
  • Voting is More Important than Good Poetry
     There’s was a silly little sign that once hung in the barbershop where I got my haircut as a child. Among other wildly inappropriate signs and posters, too “mature”  for the eyes of child.  This small scroll had an Irish toast of sor…
    - 28 days ago, 3 Nov 20, 3:09pm -
  • Watching the Fire
     Watching the flames in a fire pit flicker and flirt with the logs, watching the fire tease the wood, starting to smolder, then ignite and a burst of hot fire explodes.   Taking a step back, as my mind was wandering, lost in the strange eroticism…
    - 33 days ago, 29 Oct 20, 8:56pm -
  • TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY!!!!
     Yesterday, October 25th marked the 10-year anniversary of A Minute with Michael.  Ten years of poetry, short stories, and essays for your enjoyment and my relief.  Ten frigging years of it, resulting in 1,251 (including this one) posts on Blog Sp…
    - 36 days ago, 26 Oct 20, 5:25pm -
  • Is it Scary Enough?
     Normally, around this time of year, I write mini-horror stories and terrifying tales of mysterious doings and bone-chilling, skin-crawling, nightmare fuel. It’s a tradition with me, of sorts.   I typically get a kick out of the macabre around H…
    - 41 days ago, 21 Oct 20, 4:25pm -
  • A Passionate Pragmatist
     As a passionate pragmatist, I think it’s a great idea but would like to break it down for a bit, really get in there and see how everything works while simultaneously committing to the whole process.   Kissing you is amazing and deeply satisfyi…
    - 46 days ago, 16 Oct 20, 2:14pm -
  • Still Doing This
     Do I have to do this, do I have to keep smushing my face against the glass in the hopes of getting a peek. Do I have to do this, over and over again.   I can never really see anything, it’s always a little blocked or blurry, or somehow obscure…
    - 55 days ago, 7 Oct 20, 9:01pm -
  • A Fable from my Youth
     I was a child when I heard the Aesop Fable about the Sun and the Wind.   As far as I remember it, The Wind saw a cloaked man walking along a long and winding dirt road; as a gag, the Wind said to the Sun, “I bet I can make that man lose his clo…
    - 62 days ago, 30 Sep 20, 8:32pm -

Chicago Architecture

  • Optima Plan is the Most Murray Thing To Happen to Wilmette Since Bill

    Optima Plan is the Most Murray Thing To Happen to Wilmette Since Bill

    The north shore village that was the home of both definitive Moses, Charlton Heston; and Assistant-to-the-General-Manager, Dwight Schrute, will soon be the home of a new apartment building. Up-lake neighbor, Optima has been given permission to put up…
    - 8 days ago, 24 Nov 20, 1:38am -
  • Plan Commission Approved a Skyscraper That Isn’t a Big Square on Another Big Square

    Plan Commission Approved a Skyscraper That Isn’t a Big Square on Another Big Square

    Do you want a 35-story luxury skyscraper in your neighborhood? Because this is how you get a 35-story luxury skyscraper in your neighborhood. The Chicago Plan Commission has given its blessing to the construction of a new residential tower at 40 West…
    - 8 days ago, 24 Nov 20, 1:28am -
  • Digging Wells in The 78

    Digging Wells in The 78

    Earlier this year, much ado was made about the extension of Wells Street southward through the province that will one day become the bustling mixed-use neighborhoodlet called The 78.  Construction crews have continued to construct, confounding COVID…
    - 8 days ago, 24 Nov 20, 1:14am -
  • Wrigley Field Officially Awesome. It’s a Signed Document.

    Wrigley Field Officially Awesome.  It’s a Signed Document.

    You don’t have to be a Cubs fan to consider Wrigley Field a national treasure.  It’s been anointed so by the Department of the Interior. The north side ballpark was named a National Historic Landmark a few days ago, complete with an 8½ by 11″…
    - 8 days ago, 24 Nov 20, 1:07am -
  • Moceri+Roszak Plans a New Residential Skyscraper on Chicago’s Restaurant Row

    Moceri+Roszak  Plans a New Residential Skyscraper on Chicago’s Restaurant Row

    The group that brought some pretty spiffy skyscrapers to The Loop in recent years is casting its sights westward.   Moceri+Roszak wants to build a 27-story residential tower on the southwest corner of West Randolph and North Elizabeth Streets in Wes…
    - 15 days ago, 16 Nov 20, 10:54pm -
  • On the Menu For Fulton Market: Office Building With Extra Hotel, Hold the Parking

    On the Menu For Fulton Market: Office Building With Extra Hotel, Hold the Parking

    As redevelopment expands in Fulton Market like a ZipLoc bag filled with vinegar and baking soda, it’s pushing closer and closer to the east-west Metra tracks.  The latest project requesting a railroad view is at 311 North Sangamon, where plans are…
    - 15 days ago, 16 Nov 20, 10:43pm -
  • North Union Looks Like a Big Project in a Modest Space

    North Union Looks Like a Big Project in a Modest Space

    The plans for the new North Union project have been laid out for everyone to see.  It will cover five city blocks just west of the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago’s Near North neighborhood.  The land was formerly owned by the Institute, but was…
    - 15 days ago, 16 Nov 20, 10:22pm -
  • South Loop’s Newest Apartment Tower Gets Retailed

    South Loop’s Newest Apartment Tower Gets Retailed

    If it feels like things are really moving in the South Loop these days, they are.  So far, 95 people have moved in to the Aspire apartment building at 2111 South Wabash Avenue.  And the first business is getting ready to move in to the building, as…
    - 15 days ago, 16 Nov 20, 10:02pm -
  • Video: Playing Pac-Man with Heavy Construction Equipment

    Video: Playing Pac-Man with Heavy Construction Equipment

    You love construction equipment, and we love Pac-Man.  Together, we’re a match made in Public Relations Stunt Heaven. Earth mover maker Caterpillar marked its 95th anniversary by digging a 30,000 square-foot Pac-Man maze, and populating it with re…
    - 22 days ago, 9 Nov 20, 9:53pm -
  • The Colors of Autumn in Chicago From Above

    The Colors of Autumn in Chicago From Above

    Just because Christmas music has been on the radio for a week doesn’t mean we’re done with Fall yet.  Just look at the tops of the eco-striving buildings across downtown Chicago and you can see green roofs turning yellow, orange, and brown faste…
    - 22 days ago, 9 Nov 20, 9:44pm -