4 Oct, 2016

Education Reporters Heading To Chicago To Learn New Federal Law

October 4th, 2016|Tags: , , |

It's a mini-conference on the ABCs of the Every Student Succeeds Act.

29 Sep, 2016

Visiting My Old Life

September 29th, 2016|Tags: , |

Yesterday morning I had occasion to walk around the downtown Chicago neighborhood of Streeterville where I used to work eight years ago. It's always interesting to see how much it [...]

25 Aug, 2016


August 25th, 2016|Tags: |

{August Break 8/25: Peaceful} The lakefront, what can I say...

20 Aug, 2016


August 20th, 2016|Tags: , |

{August Break 8/20: Clouds} Taken on my bike ride along the Chicago lakefront yesterday morning.

5 Aug, 2016


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{August Break 8/5: Midday} I associate midday with bright, blinding sunlight but alas, today midday is gloomy in Chicago. It looks like a midday storm will be upon us soon.

8 Jul, 2016

Peace is at the Beach

July 8th, 2016|Tags: , |

Temperatures have soared in Chicago, and so it's fitting that my beach article appeared on kveller today. The idea for it occurred to me many years ago while sprawled on [...]

9 May, 2016

Chicago Journalists Honored For Controversial Education Coverage

May 9th, 2016|Tags: , , |

There's no shortage of smart, hard-working journalists in Chicago, including several education reporters and editors. So it's nice to see so many of them honored for their work last week [...]

25 Jan, 2016

Happy Tu Bishvat!

January 25th, 2016|Tags: , , |

Today is the Jewish festival of Tu Bishvat, the New Year of the Trees, and in honor of this celebration that seems out of place here, my article How My Kids [...]

25 Dec, 2015

From the Christkindlmarket

December 25th, 2015|Tags: , |

From my traditional annual visit to Chicago's downtown Christkindlmarket, Merry Christmas to all who celebrate! It's been unseasonably warm here, no snow flakes and icy cold to company my sipping [...]

20 Jul, 2015

Farewell, Hemingway House!

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My year as writer-in-residence at the Hemingway Birthplace Home in Oak Park has come to an end and as I say farewell to my studio in the attic, I treat [...]

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