Dolby Theatre – Academy Awards 2017

  Dolby Theatre – Academy Awards~ There are plenty of good things about being born and raised in and around Chicago. Flights to anywhere else in the country are more inexpensive because you’re at least already half-way there. There’s a personal strength that comes from outgrowing an inborn inferiority complex from living far away from …

He Shook Sinatra’s Hand – Brian O’Rourke

  He Shook Sinatra’s Hand – Brian O’Rourke~ Life is probably best when you go from, “Oh. We’ve made a horrible mistake,” to, “Whoa. This is amaaaaazing!”, in a matter of a few minutes. I was out celebrating the birthday of a great friend of mine. Her newish boyfriend had spent all day on Yelp, …

Victoria Price at Phantom Carriage Vincent Price Beer Dinner

  Victoria Price at Phantom Carriage Vincent Price Beer Dinner~ Whenever possible, you should always find something to love about your work. I don’t mean overall. I mean, every project you agree to be a part of, finding even a small thing to be passionate about, results in whatever you’re making, better. Better for your …

Photo Daily: Long Beach Christmas Tree

It’s been a long time, Gentle Readers. Hello again. I’ve said forever that one year I was going to take the month of December off and go somewhere – not cold. And so, greetings from the warm West Coast and the cozy front porch of one of my close friends and her Long Beach Christmas Tree. …

Daily Photo: Block Party Movie Night

  “You should come to our block party,” suggested my good friend Bob, who I now live two blocks away from in the North Center neighborhood of Chicago. Yes, I’ve moved out of the West Loop and into an actual proper tree-lined neighborhood. Why, is a story for another time. Suffice it to say I’m still …

Photo Daily: Flying Blue Skies

  So often when I fly in or out of Chicago, especially when it’s having one of its long overcast stretches, it’s easy to forget there is blue sky up there. Somewhere. It’s always there. Sometimes we just can’t see it. Kinda like life really, when you think about it. But as the plane climbs …

Photo Daily: Chicago River at Kinzie Street Bridge

  All of the world’s greatest cities seem to have a river running through them. In Chicago’s case, that also means a lot of bridges. The most moveable bridges of any city in the world. Some of course, are frozen in their either raised or lowered position as the reason for their existence ceased to …

Photo Daily: Bearded Billy Melon

  I’m so not a selfie guy. It’s not that I dislike my own visage. It’s just that I find the world so much more interesting than my big ol’ melon. But every once in a while, when someone asks me to send a picture of me – in the moment I currently happen to …

Photo Daily: The Chicago Theatre

  The Chicago Theatre. It’s amazing to think that I’ve been seeing shows there for over 30 years now. I saw “Singin’ in the Rain” and “La Cage aux Folles” there, way back in the early 80s. And it actually rained on stage during the former. Many concerts, including Jethro Tull, Joe Jackson, Ray Charles, Sting …

Photo Daily: Michelangelo Park over Florence, Italy

  This was my first view of Florence. Hard to beat that. Like all great cities, Florence has a beautiful river running through it, in this case, the River Arno. From this vantage point atop Michelangelo Park, you can see the 14th century Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge) and the dome of Il Duomo di Firenze (Florence …