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I’m back in Chicago for the first time in about ten months, which seems unreal. I drove in from Columbus, Ohio yesterday morning and as my car hit the Chicago Skyway on I-90 and I saw the “Welcome to Chicago” sign I got a little misty. My first...

Beach, Please

I just spent a (much too short) long weekend in New Jersey with my best friend Liz and her family. If you follow me on social media It’s easy to see that I’m having tons of fun on these visits. What you can’t see in those posts is how much of a total...

Expectation Packaged in an Envelope

I wasn’t shocked in the least when I started working on my birthday letter-writing project a couple of months ago and found it to be a perfect fit for me. I am not at all afraid, ashamed, or feeling weird about admitting that I am very good at writing letters....

Mmm, Cheeseburgers.

I’ve been thinking a lot about cheeseburgers lately. Like, A LOT. More than the average person, by far. I have not done studies on this or even asked around; that’s how sure I am. I think about cheeseburgers at a highly abnormal level of frequency....

Hello, Dolly

When I lived in Knoxville the first time (1982-1986), I was a teenager who didn’t pay much attention to things of local importance with the exception of the 1982 World’s Fair. What I did know, because everyone knew, was that Dolly Parton was East...