March and April 2021 Check-in

Saturday, May 1, 2021 Permalink 0

May 1, 2021 Yesterday, I took my walk outside without a mask. This is something I have not done in Chicago in over 410 days. I strolled past plenty of folks still wearing their masks outside. Although I had several twinges of guilt, I am following recent CDC guidelines. And it felt pretty damn great to ...

February Check-in

Monday, March 1, 2021 Permalink 0

March 1, 2021 Thank God February is a short month… because it was a rough one.  Here comes the venting….  The pandemic hit the 500,000 death milestone. Illinois was recognized as THE worst state for percentage population vaccinated. As coronavirus was ever looming in the background, centerstage I had three friends die. They were all gentlemen in their ...

January Check-in

Tuesday, February 2, 2021 Permalink 0

February 2, 2021 Day 334 of a pandemic 41 hours of being ‘locked in place’ Happy Groundhog Day! Although I’d like to go outside to see if I can see my shadow, I’m on lock down. Nope, it doesn’t have anything to do with the pandemic, quarantine or a travel restriction. I’m sealed in to my home due to ...

November and December Check-in

Monday, January 4, 2021 Permalink 0

January 4, 2021 Day 302 of a pandemic Day 7 of a 10 day travel quarantine Well, I was hoping election night would give me the solace that I have been seeking for four long years.  It didn’t! Still, I felt surprisingly pretty good the next day. Preliminary results were favoring Biden/Harris. To quote Trump (2016), it would ...

September and October Check-In

Sunday, November 1, 2020 Permalink 0

November 1, 2020 Day 237 of a pandemic Day 8 of a 14 day quarantine Last Sunday, my dear friend James and I spent thirty minutes in my car together. We went to see a house decorated for Halloween. The next morning he called to tell me his sister tested positive for COVID-19. He had seen that sister ...

July and August Check-In

Tuesday, September 1, 2020 Permalink 0

Day 176 Between the 3 Ps (pandemic, protests, politics), I wrestle with low grade depression (like Michelle Obama) and medium to high grade rage (depending on the daily lies and manipulation  coming out of the Trump administration).  Emotionally, I’m frayed. Still, unlike millions of Americans, physically I’m fine. I am employed. I can work from home. ...

May and June Check-In

Saturday, July 4, 2020 Permalink 0

Happy 4th of July!! Although it’s our nation’s birthday, our celebration of independence is slightly tainted by the looming pandemic. COVID-19 rages through our country. Without a unified national response, USA has 25% of the world’s coronavirus deaths. This is such a dark moment in our 244 year history. Oh America, put a mask on! I’m ...

April Check-In

Friday, May 1, 2020 Permalink 0

Happy May! Ah, April with its showers, fog, snow and stay-at-home order. It was like no April I’ve ever experienced. What a surreal time?! Coronavirus? COVID-19? Shelter-in-Place? These are all words I didn’t know 3 months ago. The present is like a futuristic movie. When I toasted 2020, I welcomed a new decade of adventure. I ...

March Check-In

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 Permalink 0

My monthly check-in!? It’s only been a month? It feels more like a year since February 28th. In this moment, on this day, I’m grateful to report: *I’m healthy. *My family is healthy. *My friends are healthy. In this moment, on this day, that is amazing! And I am truly grateful!! This pandemic is kicking the world’s ...

Review “Teddy Roosevelt, The Man in the Arena”: Convincing TR Impersonator

Saturday, March 14, 2020 Permalink 1

Derek Evans presents his one man show, TEDDY ROOSEVELT: THE MAN IN THE ARENA. Much like the 26th President of the United States, Derek Evans’ personality fills the theatre. With a big booming voice and jovial presence, he greets the audience while gluing on a mustache and donning the familiar spectacles. The physical transformation is almost ...