Category Chicago

Some Lady Holding A Baby

A few days before Christmas two years ago I was standing in a grocery store check-out line when the customer in front of me asked the clerk if she had any Christmas stamps. The conversation went like so: Customer: “Do you have Christmas stamps?” Clerk: “No. We just have Liberty Bell and some lady holding […]

Always the Perfect Gift

We are moving this weekend, so this week has been full of goodbye gatherings, boxes and packing paper, remembering to pick up dry cleaning, and forgetting that the silverware is already packed when attempting to eat yogurt. The packers spent nine hours in our condo, and one of the conscientious packers asked me a few […]

Saturday Night Live

Last Saturday night there was a festival in a park near our condo, and folks were parked in the streets and tailgating on the sidewalks. In my attempt to get to the gate in front of our building, I said, “Excuse me” to a group of partiers. And then I was called a “fat cracker-a** […]

On having two hands

The majority of 2013 has been unexpected. And the more life changes occur, the more I’m grateful for my two hands. With both hands I’m able to hold the sacred and horrible, pain and joy, the already but not yet. In one hand I hold that I miss my mom, and in the other I […]

Community of Healing

A Sermon Preached at Presbyterian Church of Western Springs, IL on June 9, 2013.  Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him. As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out—the only son of his mother, and she was […]

Cosmetic Carnival

I’m in a wedding this weekend, so this week’s shopping included typical female pre wedding items such as rein-it-all-in-and-prevent-Janet-Jackson-Super-Bowl-moments under garments, and the fancy blister Band-Aids for the perfect shoes that will inevitably tear up a few toes. During my quest for wedding garb I passed through the cosmetic carnival, and was stopped twice during […]

Steel Magnolias

Martin Creed’s MOTHERS is currently on display outside Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago during his yearlong residency. The white neon and steel display is a kinetic sculpture, measuring 48 feet wide, 20+ feet tall, and steadily rotates 360 degrees. Creed states that the piece had to be that large, “because mothers always have to be bigger […]