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A Minute with Michael

  • Photos on the Walls
    All those pictures on the wall,of family, friends and me,smiling, laughing and having a ball,frozen forever in the place to be.But who’s to remember after it all?Those pictures, framed, hung with care,what will happen when I’m no longer there?Who…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Jan 20, 6:58pm -
  • The Plot to Elect Jesus
                    “Sir, the poll numbers are in and you’re not doing as well as we had hoped,” said Paul.                He flipped through the reams of paper crowding his campaign desk and shook his head. Around him…
    - 9 days ago, 17 Jan 20, 7:00pm -
  • Let's Get a Drink
                    She placed her wine glass on the bar as she stared into the depths of her cell phone. Her face was washed in the blue light of her phone. Her thumbs sliding up and down over the small screen in a blur. She was not inter…
    - 16 days ago, 10 Jan 20, 9:30pm -
  • Go! Go! Dystopia!

    - 18 days ago, 8 Jan 20, 9:06pm -
  • A Screwing Around
    Just screwing around today.Nothing important. Nothing imperative. No lives to save.No lives to deny. Nothing to do but countthe minutes as they go by. Screwing around time is oftenspent in the wallowing of memory,the disappointments of the presentand…
    - 23 days ago, 3 Jan 20, 7:33pm -
  • Oh God, Another New Year?
    I came up with a High School yearbookslogan for the coming new year.“2020: Coming into Focus”You know, like 20/20 vision. Coming into visual clarity.Seeing with clearness.Yeah, I’m sure it’ll be plastered all overyearbooks across the Country…
    - 27 days ago, 30 Dec 19, 5:48pm -
  • I Imagine Santa Claus
    I imagine Santa Claus as arace car driver, dressed in a red andwhite slick racing suit. Checkered Flags whipping in the windas he poses on the racetrack on topof his nitro powered funny-sleigh. I imagine Santa Claus in a three piecered business suit,…
    - 34 days ago, 23 Dec 19, 7:28pm -
  • The Consequence of Breath
    I once read that life ismerely a series of consequencesfrom events that started longbefore any of us existed. We only have the illusion ofcontrol over our own life. Millions of years ago, a fish jumpedup onto a primitive beach and took along, deep br…
    - 46 days ago, 11 Dec 19, 3:59pm -
  • It's Gross, I'm Sure
    The sickness of writing ishow polluted you feel when you can’t actually put words on thepage. The words build up like bile in your word duct, corrupting your moodsand jumbling your thoughts intoincoherent ramblings.   It’s a serious condition t…
    - 51 days ago, 6 Dec 19, 4:08pm -
  • All Around the Table
    I stared at the ravaged carcassof the turkey as I rubbed my full bellyand wiped the cranberry sauce from thecorner of my mouth. “Poor bird”, I thought, “to be cursed withdeliciousness.” Bred to be the centerpiece at a tablesurrounded by wande…
    - 60 days ago, 27 Nov 19, 4:23pm -

Chicago Architecture

  • Atari-Themed Hotel Paddles Toward Chicago. But Will the Joy Stick?

    Atari-Themed Hotel Paddles Toward Chicago.  But Will the Joy Stick?

    If you were the kind of kid who watched WGN-TV and saw commercials for hotel rooms with hot tubs next to a leopard-skinned bed and thought to yourself, “Adults are so silly.  They’re going to get water all over that red shag carpet!” then the…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Jan 20, 8:21pm -
  • Ravenswood Hospital Rebirth Begins Today

    Ravenswood Hospital Rebirth Begins Today

    What remains of the shuttered Ravenswood Hospital is about to be transformed into affordable housing. A groundbreaking ceremony will be held today to mark the start of construction on two facilities inside what was the hospital’s Adler Pavilion. Th…
    - 3 days ago, 23 Jan 20, 9:47am -
  • Wayback Wednesday: Pedal-Powered Public Puppet Performances

    Wayback Wednesday: Pedal-Powered Public Puppet Performances

    Today’s Wayback Wednesday brings us to ten years ago today: January 22, 2010. That was the day we took this photograph of a puppet bike. A puppet bike is a large tricycle with a puppet theater grafted onto the back of it. They would be seen intermi…
    - 4 days ago, 22 Jan 20, 9:46am -
  • Roots Has Sprouted, Now Greening the South Loop

    Roots Has Sprouted, Now Greening the South Loop

    If you were recently bitten by a radioactive spider, don’t be surprised if you smell pork and tractors in Printer’s Row.  That’s just your spidey sense kicking in for the new Roots Pizza joint going up at 744 South Dearborn Street. Roots is a…
    - 5 days ago, 21 Jan 20, 9:30am -
  • Down-Zoning Requested to Put Up Small Hotel In Near North

    Down-Zoning Requested to Put Up Small Hotel In Near North

    It’s not unusual to see zoning requests filed with the city where a developer wants to reduce the zoning density of a parcel.  But almost always it’s so that the chunk of land in question can be combined with a neighboring property and then the…
    - 6 days ago, 20 Jan 20, 9:08am -
  • Plan For 113-Story Magnificent Mile Skyscraper Hits City Hall

    Plan For 113-Story Magnificent Mile Skyscraper Hits City Hall

    A new 1,400-foot-tall skyscraper slated for the Magnificent Mile has taken a big step forward on the shiny glass road from fantasy to fantastic. Plans for Tribune Tower East have officially been filled with the city.  The building will have 113 floo…
    - 10 days ago, 17 Jan 20, 3:14am -
  • Wayback Wednesday: Winter Comes for Chicago’s Newspapers

    Wayback Wednesday: Winter Comes for Chicago’s Newspapers

    This was the scene on January 15, 2010 — ten years ago today.  One of Chicago’s multi-holed newspaper racks braving the cold on the corner of Michigan and Chicago Avenues.  Newspaper stands, and the racks that replace them, have a long history…
    - 11 days ago, 15 Jan 20, 9:40am -
  • That’s One Chicago You’ve Got Growing There

    That’s One Chicago You’ve Got Growing There

    If you went to midnight mass at Holy Name Cathedral on Christmas Eve, you may have noticed two things. First, the absence of the traditional phalanx of public servants, from the mayor and police chief on down. And second, the complete lack of parking…
    - 12 days ago, 14 Jan 20, 8:35am -
  • West Loop Skyscraper Proposal Cuts Height, Adds Second Building

    West Loop Skyscraper Proposal Cuts Height, Adds Second Building

    Plans for an apartment and hotel tower on the edge of the Kennedy Expressway at Randolph Street have changed, even though the city of Chicago has already approved this project. Developer Related Midwest envisions the project ay 725 West Randolph as a…
    - 13 days ago, 13 Jan 20, 9:57am -
  • Century-Old Bronzeville Church Likely to be Landmarked

    Century-Old Bronzeville Church Likely to be Landmarked

    In an era when so many of Chicago’s holy places are being abandoned, repurposed, or even demolished, it’s good to see a building that has been a cornerstone of its community on the road to preservation.  The Chicago Landmarks Commission has appr…
    - 13 days ago, 13 Jan 20, 9:52am -