Friday, March 31, 2006

Entitled Kim (56/365)

Kim: She is the most important person in her world. Otherwise why would she always have that cell phone attached to her ear? Even at 7:00 am. Maybe someone is finally explaining "trophy-wife", which BTW she is not. Beware: meddling is her job #1.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Emmett (55/365)

Emmett: Generous, kind and oh-so mischievous. Tragedy struck his family too many times, Em's from complications related to chronic-dipsomania. Such talent in those hands, such a twinkle in those eyes: forever lost. A devilish grin I deeply miss.
Em, send some *postcards*, still waiting.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Sister Nancy Murray (54/365)

Sister Nancy Murray, O.P.: Sweetest Dominican nun ever encountered; cross between the flying nun and Fraulien Maria. Forever grateful she taught me how to meditate and see aura when praying. Her serene devotion to God is inspiring. Took her show on the road; catch her Sister Act.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

David (53/365)

David F.: "Get the fuck out of my face!" leaves a lasting impression twenty-four years later. Lesson learned: there is always room for politeness no matter how busy, rich or important a person THINKS he is. Kindness=grace. Grace isn't a commodity bought or sold.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Sister Marie Barbara Mueller (52/365)

Sister Marie Barbara Mueller, O.P.:
"Nein! Nein! Das ist nicht richtig!"
This nun was not to be reckoned with, taught H.S. mathematics and German. "I am married to God!" she proclaimed, holding up her sausage-shaped fingers on her left hand, silently killing any nunhood dreams. Made us quiver.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Reggie (51/365)

Reggie: His voice is a calorie-free slice of French silk chocolate pie; smooth, perfect and soothing. Personally, I believe a half hour listening to Reggie's voice could cure any illness. Why his radio career ended is a mystery, but his local voice-overs are intoxicating.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Anita (50/365)

Anita: Strange doesn't begin to define her. Treats her husband and children like they are imbecile. Encouraged her son to wear Thomas the Train slippers publicly long after the appropriate age. Embarrasses me to know we were educated by the same liberal thinking nuns.

Friday, March 24, 2006

Bobby (49/365)

Bobby: An amazing cross between sports junkie and political animal. He was born this way; glued to the encyclopedia while watching ESPN or the History channel. He's a Dem living the sweet life in DC but missing Chicago. He is hope for his generation.

Click here to see Bobby's Blog. *

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Peggy (48/365)

Peggy: Run-way model and run-away teen. Hated the uniform skirt so much that Junior year when the Nuns added pants to our "menu" Peggy converted. The brown polyester pants were a fashion maven's nightmare, but it gave her a place to stash her smokes.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Dick (47/365)

Dick T: His name fit so well, mumbling insulting comments about his customers under his pot-breath lips as he bagged their groceries. A cop turned grocery store owner, he always had the best weed in town. Tossing his triple-screened scraps to his employees like bones.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Karen (46/365)

Karen: Like a M&M, hard shell on the outside, deliciously rich on the inside. Hated her at first; she squirted Mustard on my Angora sweater. Drawn in by her down-to-earth attitude. Post H.S. impersonated her in the alumnae newsletter: "Danke, Schwester Marie Barbara Mueller."

Monday, March 20, 2006

Stokes (45/365)

Stokes: Today saw Stokes in a whole new light. Not as my son Hayden's numismatist buddy, but as Dr. Houck, a pediatric GI trying to solve my daughter's severe chronic stomach ache. His resemblance to a younger Barry Bostwick is not lost on me.

Numismatist: A person who studies or collects coins, currency and/or medals.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Carita (44/365)

Carita: The lone baby girl in a gaggle of eight boys. Named after her mother who was so determined to have a girl she never gave-up until Carita Jr. arrived. Smart and funny, Carita embraced her solo-gig as The Girl as any tomboy would.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

John (43/365)

John C.: Salt to Mary's pepper, ying to her yang. Annually she throws a "surprise" party for his birthday. Successful railroad attorney that was actually honest and pure. Introduced me to Canada and Island H; seedling my love affair of wilderness adventure. Calls me "Leeza".

P.S. This is my golden post! #43 with 43 words!!!

Friday, March 17, 2006

Mary (42/365)

Mary C.: Loves her Irish heritage so much that she bought a cottage and painted everything green, including the refrigerator! An actress by nature, always donning a different accent/dialect. Hates people who overuse the words; "nice" and "good". Taught me to speak from my diaphragm.

**Happy Saint Patrick's Day "Aunt" Mary!**

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Bill (41/365)

Bill D: Tall, funny and sensitive; loved to read poetry. Reminded me of a kaleidoscope, James Taylor and Peter Pan all rolled into one. Late summer nights spent laughing and talking eventually led to more serious topics. Totally terrified, Bill bolted back down Country Lane.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Chris (40/365)

Chris: Slept during the day, started partying at 3:30 am. No matter what was suggested wanted to do the opposite. When she started babbling to herself and blaming me for her failing grades, I requested a single room. Years later doctors diagnosed her disorder.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Peter (39/365)

Peter A: Bravely removed the scalpel from the grip of my frozen hand and took over the surgery. Perfectly slicing open the flesh of the former Mr. Kermit and excavating his innards for examination, experimentation and review; Mr. Priban unaware of my lack of participation.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Joyce (38/365)

Joyce: After her mother died, Joyce (age 13) moved from N.Y. to Chicago to live with Louise. As difficult as it was to lose their mom, the sisters formed an unique mother/daughter-like bond. They helped Joyce grieve and heal through a basement art studio.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Bradley (37/365)

Bradley: Greg's youngest sibling. The first newborn in our town that year, he began life in the spotlight. Like his dad has lots of charisma. In high school, he had a party in FortZany and the forgotten cigarette smoldered, consuming our two-story childhood lair.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Jeff (36/365)

Jeff: Greg's brother. Just young enough to be shrugged-off by the older neighborhood kids until someone from the outside tried to mess with him. He is a solid man who likes an adventure; uses his vacation time to do humanitarian aid for Peruvian families.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Cyndi (35/365)

Cyndi: Greg's sister. Most lovable of girls, also very accident prone. I sport a small scar on my left thumb from a saw that was under her spell. Lesson; never ask her to help carry glass. Her calling; untroubling troubled kids at inner-city schools.

Note: I've been writing my 365 in boy, girl, boy, girl order. Cyndi breaks this sequence because I wanted to keep my next-door neighbors in chronological order.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Debbie (34/365)

Debbie: Greg's sister, my age yet so much more sophisticated. After college we had role reversals; she married had kids; me single living downtown. After years of unhappiness she settled down with a new man and a new religion, many babies are her blessing.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Greg (33/365)

Greg: Childhood best-friend, lives intertwined... FortZany, tandem rides, LeMai Bugle and flying kites. When forecasts called for it, he ran through our neighborhood warning, "Tornado!", whipping his arms like windmills. Now harvests wind-turbines for alternative power. Inventor, builder, writer and all around great guy.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Louise (32/365)

Louise: Definitely Harvey's better-half. Gorgeous, sexy, funny and an awesome cook. The coolest mom in the neighborhood. Had a basement kitchen where she cooked with imported tomatoes. Let us build FortZany. Her maternal song lingers; "Greg-O-R-ee, Debbi-e, Cynd-i, Jeffer-y, Bradl-ey come home for dinner."

Monday, March 06, 2006

Harvey (31/365)

Harvey: Greg's father. Incredibly generous, lots of charisma and a wild streak. Wrestled us kids on his knees, installed a car battery giving FortZany lights and music. Then he became slave to the bottle. His story is happier now but the middle was rough.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Ellen (30/365)

Ellen R: Sophomore year of high school became a self-appointed editor. Reading what I wrote, adding comments and little bits of encouragement in swirly handwriting. She instinctively knew how to keep a writer writing, pushing just enough. How did she know this all at fifteen?

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Repelling Dave (29/365)

Dave S.: Enjoyed rappelling off high-rise balconies in his underwear. His mother lived an "organic" life in a rainbow colored bus in the woods. This explains much of Dave's behavior, but not all. Note Dave: Inappropriate to break-up by sending card using Indigo Girls lyrics.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Yubbie (28/365)

Funny to the point friends find themselves flailing on the floor, laughing hysterically, screaming,
"Stop! Before I wet my pants!"
Creative to the point she often hears,
"I could have thought of that!"
Some devilishly stealing her ideas for their profit.
Bad monkeys!

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Charlie (27/365)

Charlie: He liked neither boys nor girls, preferring instead his blue Volvo and Dead tapes. He liked playing baseball, drinking beer, smoking pot and shamelessly beating us at Trivial Pursuit. He needed that victory, but to this day I'm convinced he memorized those cards.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Kathleen (26/365)

Kathleen: Her mother's wish... for her to graduate from the all girl's Catholic high school. She and her red VW Bug joined us Senior year. She showed incredible grace and emotional strength. Her mother passed-away before graduation leaving big gaping holes in our hearts.