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“My Worst Day Ever” - a local resident shares her 9/11 experience

By Elissa Jones Fastening my seatbelt, I settled back into the airplane seat. I was looking forward to takeoff, so that I could then go to sleep. The previous night, my mind had continually raced through a series of agitated, aimless thoughts, and I had gotten to O'hare on - shall we say - "autopilot.” Sure, I'm still a little scared of flying, even while finding it exciting. 'Intellectually, I know it's safer than driving. We just hear more about plane crashes than car accidents,' I reassured myself. I looked out the window. It was a sunny morning. Too bad I wouldn't see much of it.
Posted on September 11, 2011

Support Rogers Park Writers this Holiday Season

Support Rogers Park Writers this Holiday Season There are a number of successful writers who reside in Rogers Park. A great gift idea: a book from a local Rogers Park author. Here are a few ideas:
Posted on November 29, 2010

Don Gordon - Book signing at Charmers Sat & Sun

"Piss 'Em All Off... and other practices of the effective citizen" A book that examines in detail the five practices of being an effective citizen, showing that they are simple, require little of our time, and make a dramatic difference in how government responds. WHY IT'S RELEVANT: Tired of getting screwed over by a government that's out of touch? Weary of corrupt and incompetent politicians who make things worse? Frustrated by a political system that works only for the well-connected? Well don't give up! Our democracy is indeed failing, but it's you and I who are responsible. Only we can make a difference, and only if we take the time to do what is necessary. What we need is a guide that explores the practices of effective citizenship. This book is that guide.
Posted on October 08, 2010

Tough Times, Similar Requests from Two Long Standing Businesses - By Mike Glasser

Tough Times, Similar Requests from Two Long Standing Businesses  - By Mike Glasser I have an affinity for nearly all types of bookstores – even large corporate book peddlers such as Barnes & Noble or Borders. I love entering these places and simply browsing the shelves, and invariably I’ll end up purchasing a book or a magazine. On rare occasions I actually read the publication. But consider the penultimate form of book lover’s experience: the independent (aka “used”) bookstore. According to Matt, one of the owner’s of Armadillo’s Pillow at 6753 North Sheridan, Rogers Park used to have four independent book stores. Tragically, through the advent of technology and a change in people’s tastes, independent bookstores are less busy. Many are closing. That is sad. Read Mike's entire blog post here
Posted on October 04, 2010

Free the Muse Within A Writing Workshop with Gail Goldberger

Free the Muse Within is about rekindling your power to express yourself before rules, criticism and grades got in your way. Be willing to discover that you may be capable of more than you think, and that writing may come more easily if you approach it differently. Free the Muse Within meets every week for six weeks at the Inner Metamorphosis University, 1418 W. Howard St. at Sheridan Road, Chicago IL. Saturdays, October 9—November 13, 2:00-4:30 p.m. ($150)
Posted on October 04, 2010

Local aouther reads from her first novel this weekend at Printers Row Lit Fest

Local aouther reads from her first novel this weekend at Printers Row Lit Fest Millions of readers across generations have laughed and cried with the March sisters—Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy—of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel, Little Women. And there has never been a more beloved heroine in the history of American letters than Jo March, Louisa’s alter ego and an iconic figure of independent spirit and big dreams. But as Louisa knew all too well, big dreams often come at a cost. Kelly O’Connor McNees reads from her novel, The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott, Sunday June 13 at 11am at Dearborn Station.
Posted on June 09, 2010

What Mary Jo Taught Me About Dating - Mike Glasser

Long term Executive Director of the Rogers Park West Ridge Historical Society, Mary Jo Doyle, a friend of mine who died two years ago, once taught me an important rule, one which people ought to follow their entire lives. Ask anyone who knows me: not only to do I consistently abide by this rule, but I constantly remind people who are important to me, i.e. my kids, or people on whom I rely, i.e. my office manager, my property managers, my bookie, to adhere to it.more...
Posted on February 25, 2010

The Treadmill Time Traveler - Sandy Goldman

The Treadmill Time Traveler - Sandy Goldman A new fitness center recently opened near my home, and I have become a member. As an adult, I have never been much into fitness or weight training. Oh, I walk a few miles five times a week, but that is all. I thought that some weight work and some treadmill time would be a good thing (no comments please). I was not prepared for the “time journey” that took place as I began my workouts however. Full column here.
Posted on February 23, 2010

Add a little Sparkle to your Life

Think of the word bubbles…what comes to mind? Long, lingering baths? Blowing them through that 2 sided ring when you were a kid? (Okay, I did that last summer on the deck. It was still fun.) Champagne? I’ll readily admit it. I have a penchant for things that sparkle, so this time of year is a feast for me. The artful tree lights on the east side of Sheridan Road right before Lakeshore Drive, glinting snowflakes perching on the smooth branches right outside our front window, the knowledge that the days will start to get a bit longer next week, and wine, for that can sparkle, too! Keep reading here.
Posted on December 18, 2009

Chicago Authors Talk Chicago - Oct 22 Heartland Cafe

Chicago Authors Talk Chicago - Oct 22 Heartland Cafe Chicago Public Radio in collaboration with STOP SMILING presents a showcase of Chicago authors to rhapsodize about the city that shaped their lives and work. Authors Joe Meno, Cristina Henrquez, Deb Olin-Unferth and Eula Biss take the Heartland Cafe stage to weave a single narrative from disparate selected readings and personal anecdotes, revealing many facets of Chicago's literary tapestry.
Posted on October 13, 2009

Buy a book and help the RPWR Historical Society

Buy a book and help the RPWR Historical Society The Society needs help to continue its mission and expand its collections. Our funding comes mainly from our members. It is important to include all people interested in these communities to keep the Society a vital and dynamic organization. Encourage your family, friends and neighbors to join the Society. Check out these two books on Rogers Park and West Ridge here.
Posted on September 10, 2009 welcomes new blog - ‘Hidden in Plain Sight’ welcomes new blog - ‘Hidden in Plain Sight’ Pamela Van Giessen is an 18 year resident of Rogers Park who took to power walking with her rescue English Setter, Boomer, a few years ago. In the course of their walks, Pam and Boomer have come across many wonderful sights. They thought others might enjoy the extraordinary images they see around the neighborhood and beyond - the surprising things that make their daily walks around Rogers Park and Chicago a constant source of delight. Read her first installment, "Animal Spirits in Rogers Park", and find out what wild and not so wild animals are lurking where you'd least expect.
Posted on August 31, 2009

Got Photography? CaptureMyChicago wants you!

Capture my Chicago is caling all Chicago photographers to help create the best photo book about Chicago. Link to visit the website for more information
Posted on August 20, 2009

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