#757: Once More, With Science!

February 27th, 2017 § permalink

Hello, scientists with a story!

Those who read the site frequently know I intermittently produce spoken word events. The most recent was 40 Hours to Trump, which raised nearly $1,200 for local groups working in areas targeted by the then-incoming Trump administration. Speakers included schoolteachers, volunteers, activists and immigrants.

We’re doing it again, but this time, we only want scientists. We want to give a stage — and an audience — to voices the current administration is trying to silence. » Read the rest of this entry «

#756: Blades

February 24th, 2017 § permalink

I saw a homeless man pull a machete out of his shopping cart on Thursday. » Read the rest of this entry «

#755: A Cask of Amontillado

February 22nd, 2017 § permalink

“I wouldn’t get walled up for that,” she said, passing me the small snifter of medium dry sherry. “I would for a Palo Cortado, though.”

I took the glass, sniffed and sipped the amontillado. It had a semi-pleasant taste that I liked quite a bit. Not good exactly, but unforgettable.

It was a taste I’ll never taste again at a place I’ll never go to. » Read the rest of this entry «

#754: Presidential Quotes, Corrected

February 20th, 2017 § permalink

“When written in Chinese, the word ‘crisis’ is composed of two characters — one represents danger and one represents a weaving machine, or small chair.”

– John F. Kennedy, Remarks at the Convocation of the United Negro College Fund, April 12, 1959 » Read the rest of this entry «

#753: Whispering City

February 17th, 2017 § permalink

The downtown whispers at night.  » Read the rest of this entry «

#752: The Reporter, the Professor and Me

February 15th, 2017 § permalink

“It’s with a heavy heart,” the e-mail read, “that I tell you that my endeavor as a freelance journalist is in its final months.” » Read the rest of this entry «

#751: Zoe

February 13th, 2017 § permalink

She has some trouble on the stairs.

Sometimes she stops at the bottom, reaches up one paw as if to tap, then just puts it down and nervously leans back and forth, staring at the step. Then she’ll look up with pleading eyes just peeking under her big bangs and eyebrows. » Read the rest of this entry «

#750: Two and Four

February 10th, 2017 § permalink

The entirety of American political history can be found at an old polling place somewhere along the north branch of the Chicago River. » Read the rest of this entry «

#749: Pennies on the Dollar

February 8th, 2017 § permalink

He sat in the door frame, propped against the wall on some ledge hidden among the two-liter bottles of off-brand citrus soda.

Leaning forward, his hands bracing himself on his knees, he wheezed a bit, his large body still recovering from the effort of opening the door and coming in. His walker rested on the sidewalk outside.

I slid past him to get the six-pack I promised a friend. » Read the rest of this entry «

#748: Rise and Fall of the American Stuff Store

February 6th, 2017 § permalink

It’s a bolder smell than taste, although the flavor lingers the longer I  let it steep.

The smell wafted full and strong from the box, but put in water it’s gentle and nudging. I like it more with each sip, but can’t explain the taste, either by experience or by ingredients. According to the side of the box, the ingredients in masala tea are tea and masala flavour, with one of those superfluous U’s countries that get worked up about cricket seem to employ.

At the end, it tastes like cheap chai I bought from a corner store. » Read the rest of this entry «

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