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OCTOBER 3, 2014 5:16PM

Perilous Journey

She once went on a journey
they called it falling in love
traveled a deep and churning ocean
left her own and home
When she landed in the mist
her love was waiting there
they had a happy time
and soon they were five
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SEPTEMBER 10, 2014 4:29PM

I Had To Leave, I Had No Choice




First we were together, then we were not
I stood in stones
You with your feet in the grass
I longed to be near
You wished for what was
Time stood still for too long
Then I was awakened again
You had grown through the pain
I stood in stones
You with your feet in the grass
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I don't usually weigh in on celebrities lives. I know nothing really about them, except that they are humans like the rest of us. They have different talents perhaps than we do, talents that afford them the opportunity to spend more than the rest of us, to experience things that we… Read full post »

JANUARY 28, 2014 6:05PM

Kevin Baker Died


Kevin Baker died this month in Chicago. Kevin was a young man, 19 years old and attending Harold Washington College in Chicago. Gunman wanted his cell phone. He gave it to them. As the two armed men walked away, one turned around and shot Kevin, in the head. He died.… Read full post »

JANUARY 20, 2014 6:38PM

Sign Up Here ^ For the Answers

Are you confused by the snow and the polar votex in your town? Do you feel that men in the GOP, along with some women, are actually aliens? Are you wondering if all that chemically tainted Mickey D's Happy Meals you fed your kid and yourself are having an effect on… Read full post »

OCTOBER 30, 2013 9:58PM

Free Broom Rides




They went for a ride the other day and ran across a big barn sale at one of the local farms. Most of the land was gone but some of it still had corn, otherwise, it was suburban encroachment. In one of the outbuildings sat two older women.Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 11, 2013 1:03PM

An American Soldier Remembers 9-11


 A soldier doing the job, David Bednar. Photo credit Ken Miller.

i normally dont post things that involve where my head is currently, but after seeing the mass number of "where i was when the towers fell" posts i cant help but feel an urge to post. I

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SEPTEMBER 4, 2013 11:04PM

A Honey Cake Adventure, Reprise

Today I read a post that made me want to do something. Vivian Henoch wrote a post called "Let There Be Honey Cake." She gave credit to several cooks and recipe variations. I liked her version with several options of what to ad in. Her post was filled with many interesting… Read full post »

JULY 24, 2013 1:45PM

Sirenita Lake

Safe journey. Embracing this as you have all other things will be you.

Melting stones
in a fast rushing brook
free the minerals inside
to join with water
nothing is lost
everything is gained
there is no empty
only full
we are the brook
you are the stone
we are you
you are us

JUNE 17, 2013 7:46PM

Bernie Sahlins is dead at 90

After spending time in Europe and graduating college, I was kind of drifting around trying to figure out what I had done all that for. I lived at home and it was in a very quiet, dry town, far away from big city life which I rather enjoyed.

At one… Read full post »

JUNE 14, 2013 8:07PM

"Dear Old Dad"

Steve (Farkas) Farkos  circa WWII 
When my dad was a young man he won a scholarship to play football at a leading university. He did not get the chance to go. His father was by this time not supporting the family and it became his
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JUNE 8, 2013 12:07AM

Just The Key

woman with key
"Original 1944 photograph taken during the liberation of Paris France. Very odd and disturbing view of two women tending to a wounded civilian. The woman in the center with a confused and scared look on her face looks directly at the photographer. The woman's right hand onRead full post »
MAY 27, 2013 4:38PM

Mother & Charles - Memorial Day

Wistfully she turned the pages of the old album. It was something she did not do often, but today she had a fairly good excuse. She was going to be packing this stuff all up. She was going to empty the huge black trunk that stood under the stairs in the… Read full post »

MAY 22, 2013 2:47PM

Before I Forget

We owned an automotive repair business in Skokie over a decade, several years ago. It was 6000 square feet of old building right across from St. Pete's Church. 


The building had various incarnations, once a horse ferry turn around, then one of the original car dealerships in the ar… Read full post »

MAY 14, 2013 6:09PM

To Mother

Mother –

Do not worry.

The pain of separation

I am about to feel is

Part of my journey to

Who I am and what I

Will become


My judgment must be

Honed by a series of experiences… Read full post »

MAY 10, 2013 6:46PM

A Poem for a Friend

In Our Time




For the beloved Bruce Tillinger, husband and father.



Days have come to end

Nights have spent their stardust

Dark it has become


And yet a fire burns bright

we turn… Read full post »

APRIL 9, 2013 9:56PM

Yom Hashoah, Still Meaningful?

Moving into spring this year I was remembering the wedding of a young couple who chose Holocaust Memorial Day as their wedding day. At the time we had a business in Skokie Illinois and it was a decade or so after the proposed Nazi march there by the National Socialist Party… Read full post »

APRIL 5, 2013 3:11PM


Chagall Wedding 1910 

Marc Chagall's Wedding 1910  Photo found at:


In the mid seventies, Holocaust survivors were very much alive and engaged in rebuilding their lives, but the past was not so distant. This is inspired by a true story.


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APRIL 3, 2013 7:54PM

Second Grade Sleepover

When I was in second grade we were living in a Chicago suburb. I had gone to public school for first grade here because when we moved here the Catholic school was too crowded to take me. So my first real Catholic school experience began in second grade. I was tall… Read full post »

MARCH 25, 2013 5:54PM

The Ride Through Town

Sometimes little parts of my past peek out and surprise me in the most unexpected ways. Today I went back to the town where I spent most of my growing up years. There is a doctor there that I have been seeing for some health issues I have. He is the… Read full post »

MARCH 5, 2013 6:47PM

Floating in Belief

People wear the robes of their own upbringing and experience. At the high school age, there is an impression of who one might be destined to be. It is like a grand turning point for others. There is no real definition.

People cling to their rigid beliefs if they are reinforced… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 9, 2013 4:52PM


The crispness of the linens held no romance for the man. The air, well, the air was another story. He got a huge gulp of fresh air into his lungs and it made him wish for his favorite place. Patagonia. He was never without a good feeling when he thought ofRead full post »
JANUARY 7, 2013 12:39PM

College Bound or Bound to College?

When you have children, there is a good chance that as a parent, you might be interested in their education. I grew up in a family that was first generation immigrants. My grandparents were new to this country and while they were from somewhat humble backgrounds in Europe, they were not… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 2, 2012 4:59PM


Creepy and scary is always good when you are looking for some mild diversion. This past fall my son went to study overseas in Lubeck Germany. Many of you have seen various tidbits about his stay there on this blog. 

I  have written some scary things on my blog in the past,… Read full post »



Twenty years ago I was expecting my first child. That first child turned out to be twins. But I knew that. Very early on, when the pregnancy manifested itself I had a sense that I was carrying twins. I had spent a considerable amount of time on

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