This blog is a chronicle of some of my writing, the art and published writing of friends, as well as articles, ideas, and information I consider important, interesting, or just plain good for the soul. The blog is not meant to be comprehensive, exclusive,...

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HELLO, and thanks for clicking in

I was born in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago, not far from Lake Michigan. We lived in a two-story brownstone on Francisco Avenue, in an area primarily of German, Irish and Russian Jewish descent. From our second story back porch, I could...

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Polio in Chicago, 1946

A typical mid-summer morning in the city, the air weighted with swelter late August 1946.  My brother is four and on his way to Riverview Amusement Park with our Mom, who is lumbering into the second half of her pregnancy with me.  An outing, just...

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