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A Minute with Michael

  • 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…
    - 3 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…
    - 12 days ago, 27 Nov 19, 4:23pm -
  • Hot Damn Soup
    So then, there’s November.A curious month steeped inthe roiling juices of history;churning and bubbling up toremind us of what we’re tobe Thankful for and tug atthe veil of memory.November is both cruel andcomforting, like a nice hot bowl of soup…
    - 17 days ago, 22 Nov 19, 6:00pm -
  • Arabesque
    The art of dancing around a point,a point of view,a view point, pointedly viewed by dancing. Shuck and jive,step, ball, change,juke and dive, shimmy and shake. I see your seeing of whatI saw but that’s not what I have seen at all. Tappity-tap, tap.…
    - 26 days ago, 13 Nov 19, 4:05pm -
  • Eating Your Own Face
    They stare at me with astonishedhorror in their eyes. The roomshush and murmur as I enter,the jukebox skips,the building shudders.“Is he eating his own face,” askedone of the lookie-loos. “It’s so gnarled and raw,missing in the wrong places a…
    - 32 days ago, 7 Nov 19, 4:33pm -
  • Nine Year Anniversary!!!!
                    It’s an anniversary! It’s been nine years of A Minute with Michael on Blogspot.com, or Blogger, as it's known now. In that time, I have written (including this) 1,204 posts, I’ve written two books, Never Said Enou…
    - 45 days ago, 25 Oct 19, 3:10pm -
  • Gallows Tree Hill
    On a lonely hill jutting abovethe desolate fields stands asingle tree; The Gallows Tree. It grows there, waiting for me. My love, she mourns at the foot of theGallows Tree, handkerchief clutchedin both her shaking hands as sheweeps for me.The cold Au…
    - 47 days ago, 23 Oct 19, 6:18pm -
  • The Corn Maze of Doom
                    The haunted trail through the cornfields was supposed to be the be all and end all of terrifying Halloween experiences. At least according to the extremely loud radio commercials that seemed to air every ten minutes. In…
    - 54 days ago, 16 Oct 19, 7:11pm -
  • Sort of Silly Really, After All
    My fingers cannot find anypurchase on the slick shaftof this cell. The greasy walls of nightmareshave kept me down here.Dark and cold in the forgottenplace. Damp, dank and dingy,in the shadowed hole I sit. Looking up for a peek of the moon,shining ov…
    - 63 days ago, 7 Oct 19, 8:55pm -
  • The Broken Things
    I tend to keep broken things,even though I know I shouldthrow them away. I feel bad for the broken things,even though their usefulness isgone.  I like the broken things,even when no one can seewhat they mean to me.
    - 68 days ago, 2 Oct 19, 4:12pm -

Chicago Architecture

  • Adler Planetarium Expansion Could See Historic Building Sprout Wings

    Adler Planetarium Expansion Could See Historic Building Sprout Wings

    People have been thinking about expanding the easternmost element of Chicago’s Museum Campus. A feasibility study is underway to see if an ambitious $211 million expansion and renovation of the Adler Planetarium is a good idea, according to a docum…
    - 4 days ago, 5 Dec 19, 2:15am -
  • 33-Story Banquet Coming to the Fulton River District

    33-Story Banquet Coming to the Fulton River District

    What’s better than a State Street Thanksgiving parade stuffed with Jesse White Tumblers?  How about a 33-story skyscraper stuffed into the Fulton River District?  42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly went all Father Christmas on us Thanksgiving eve,…
    - 7 days ago, 2 Dec 19, 7:03am -
  • 5 Chicago Buildings to be Thankful for This Thanksgiving

    5 Chicago Buildings to be Thankful for This Thanksgiving

    A lot of people aren’t going to work this week, so chances are you’re not reading this.  If you’ve buried your nose in your phone rather than listen to Uncle Earl lecture your mom — again — about how if it doesn’t say “USA” on the pa…
    - 16 days ago, 23 Nov 19, 9:18pm -
  • 113-Story Michigan Avenue Tower Refined, Not Chopped

    113-Story Michigan Avenue Tower Refined, Not Chopped

    If you were worried that the new super tall skyscraper planned for Chicago’s Magnificent Mile was going to be shortened — or worse, cancelled — you can unclench your buttcheeks; everything is fine. At a public meeting tonight, Los Angeles devel…
    - 19 days ago, 20 Nov 19, 3:33am -
  • Evanston’s Newest Apartment Building Open For Business

    Evanston’s Newest Apartment Building Open For Business

    Evanston is the latest Chicago suburb to sport a new apartment building. LINK Evanston recently had its official grand opening, complete with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 811 Emerson Street, on the northern edge of the city’s downtown. LINK (shout…
    - 20 days ago, 19 Nov 19, 2:35am -
  • Abandoned Two-Story School To Become Eight-Story Hotel

    Abandoned Two-Story School To Become Eight-Story Hotel

    Back when Chicago’s Immaculate Conception parish and Saint Joseph parish were individual communities, there was a school on the corner of Orleans and Hill Streets, next to Cabrini Green.  Saint Joseph School at 1035 North Orleans Street closed alm…
    - 20 days ago, 19 Nov 19, 2:18am -
  • New River West Apartment Building Tops Off

    New River West Apartment Building Tops Off

    The latest residential block on the Milwaukee Avenue Corridor has topped off.  740 North Aberdeen was designed by FitzGerald Associates for Fifield and is expected to be open by this time next year. When complete, the building will be 11 stories tal…
    - 21 days ago, 18 Nov 19, 10:52am -
  • Neighborhood Church To Become Offices and Homes

    Neighborhood Church To Become Offices and Homes

    We’ve seen plenty of Chicago houses of worship transformed into housing in the last 20 years.  What’s proposed for 4601 South Ellis in Kenwood has a twist — offices. Saint James United Methodist Church moved out of its marvelous house of worsh…
    - 21 days ago, 18 Nov 19, 7:06am -
  • Building Under Construction Already Sending Out Good Vibes

    Building Under Construction Already Sending Out Good Vibes

    For those people who crane their necks at the skyscrapers being built around Chicago, the scene doesn’t really change all that much.  The highlight of an urban construction safari might be a wave from a construction worker way up high, or a crane…
    - 27 days ago, 12 Nov 19, 7:45am -
  • Long-Vacant Edgewater Lot Gets Yet Another Building Plan

    Long-Vacant Edgewater Lot Gets Yet Another Building Plan

    5440 North Sheridan isn’t a bad lot.  But since that motel got knocked down years ago nothing seems to click there.  Edgeville Buzz says the location has been empty for at least a decade.  And we’ve tracked at least three proposals for new res…
    - 27 days ago, 12 Nov 19, 7:34am -