Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Dan (117/365)

Dan D.: Memories etched deep. Second love of my life, second place winner in the Capture-My-Heart sweepstakes. Still I'm glad for what we had and how I once loved him. Played a major role shaping my perspective of architecture, art, cars, family, fish(ing) and love.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Amy (116/365)

Amy D.: Friday 5/20/1988, terror struck! Unfathomable! Bullets altering lives' courses. Attending an educational conference she left her second grade class with an innocent substitute. "If only I could have been there!" was just too much burden to carry. She cancelled her No Kidding! Membership.

Monday, May 29, 2006

Jim (115/365)

Jim D.: Being a trust fund kid allows one the luxury to become whatever one wants to become. Some of his peers chose to follow their daddies downtown, Jim chose P.E. instructor/coach. Was he making-up for his father's loss of mobility? Loved that Flintstone tattoo.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Jane (114/365)

Jane D.: Life was not easy. Thankfully, money wasn't a worry...raising two sons while caring for a quadriplegic husband was more than enough. Knew to carve-out special time just for herself. Out of all my old boyfriend's moms, she's still my favorite. Miss her!

Saturday, May 27, 2006

David (113/365)

David D.: Architect: M-F /Race Car Driver: Weekend. One unfortunate day in July, 1959 David and his world whorled then colliding upside down. Slam! Crash! The miracle: he lived; the price: quadriplegichood. Thanks to him race cars have roll-over bars. Racing has come along way!?!

Friday, May 26, 2006

Ona Lee (112/365)

Ona Lee S.:Knew her in the way young kids do when their parents are friends. For a while her family lived in an old mansion, full of hidden doorways and secret passageways, hide-and-seek a natural at sleep-overs. My mom tells me she's a gifted photographer.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Jay (111/365)

Jay D.: There is something sexy about long beautiful locks on a man. Maybe its my Bohemian ancestry that admires men who don't need to conform. When he cut his hair how I mourned. Serving as church trustees together was boring enough and then this!

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Lois Kay (110/365)

Lois Kay: Most fabulously delicious handwriting that no one can read. Circa 1950's: chose career over family; small business owner in a man's world. Traveled everywhere, met many and experienced more than most woman of her time. Taught me the importance of trusting my intuition.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Dave (109/365)

Dave B.: Cullen's Little League coach our first year here. He spun magic with his coaching and post game talks. It went beyond that though, teaching each of his players life skills that will far out last the trophies on their shelves. A life coach.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Julie (108/365)

Julie B.: If diamonds are a girl's best friend, please insert baseball in front of "diamond" for Julie because this is her love: Little League Baseball. Tells me she's decluttering her house room by room. She looks pretty together from over here. She's so down-to-Earth.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Hunter (107/365)

Hunter: Every day Hunter comes over to visit. Libby grabs two popsicles and they sit on the swing and eat them. When he grows-up I want him to remember us as the "Popsicle people" much like I remember Mrs. Ulyess as the "gum lady".

Saturday, May 20, 2006


Barb: Tall and thin she spends every spare moment running, jogging, exercising. She simply can't get enough. Why? Is a parent or sibling extremely heavy or does she suffer from exercise bulimia? Never slowing down enough to let anyone close enough to find out.

Friday, May 19, 2006

André (105/365)

André: What a gay black man majoring in accounting was doing in all woman's Catholic college is still One Big Mystery. Sitting close to me in accounting classes (Accounting 101, 102, 201, 202 and Cost Accounting) he became very aroused by columns and ledgers.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Janelle (104/365)

Janelle: Calling DCFS to report her abusive family situation took wisdom and courage that most twelve year olds don't yet possess. Janelle was determined to make something of her life. Her college diploma is proof. Turning something bad into something good is her specialty.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Gary (103/365) * He Rock(et)s!!*

One minute with this man and you will know his PASSION!!

Mr. Piggott:
Tie-dyed, Pink Floyd loving, Marine. My son's science teacher has launched a fire in every child lucky enough to be assigned to his class. Never have I met a more enthusiastic, dedicated, engaging teacher. A million thank you's and I'd still fall short.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Libby (102/365)

Libby O. (My Paternal Grandmother): Constantly guides me. Sometimes gets agitated with my lack of creative productivity and tugs on my shirt. Once felt her stroking my cheek and recently saw her standing at the foot of my bed laughing and drinking beer with my dad. Creative Spirit!

Monday, May 15, 2006

Jim (101/365)

Jim D.: There are 101 reasons to dislike Jim. Here are some: believes being part of the lucky sperm club entitles him to more than everyone else; treats his wife like a second class citizen; actually believes he is making a worthwhile contribution to society.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Crystal (100/365)

Crystal/Buttercup: Her mama started calling her Buttercup when she was a baby. Growing-up in government housing and never knowing her daddy, she sweetly and expertly captured the heart of every male volunteer in our church's weekly after-school enrichment program. "Buttercup, don't break my heart."

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Bob (99/365)

Bob S.: Yubbie and Mayno hooked us up, knowing we were both recovering from big aching hurts. He restored my faith in the male species. Art therapist and charming story teller, he'd create elaborate tales complete with voices for my nieces. A kind hearted soul!

Friday, May 12, 2006

Karen (98/365)

Karen S.: Paid her a buck a page to type my papers. One day her dorm room door stood wide open; her mother packing it up. "Going back to Janesville to sort out" her sexual identity and other issues that held her on the fringe.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Serge (97/365)

Serge: His mother had a sixth sense when she named her first born son. He creates lots of surges. He is a carpenter; skillful with the nail gun and circular saw. Totally unaware of his hunkhood, it only makes him all the more adorable.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Maureen (96/365)

Maureen O.: Briefly my college roommate, she was a sneaky purloiner. She pinched and poached off people when she thought no one was looking; clothes, cameras, alcohol, money, even a boyfriend. When confronted she just stared at her bedspread, tracing imaginary shapes with her finger.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Dave (95/365)

Dave L.: Macho H.S. wrestler preferred hanging out with the girls. Old photos reveal an always grinning Dave among a sea of girls. Never ashamed to show us his silly side or his emotionally well-rounded feelings. Very tragic that alcoholism eventually consumed all that goodness.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Anne (94/365)

Anne: Randomly sat next to her on a sixteen hour bus ride to Quetico. Strangers in Chicago, pals through Wisconsin, by Minnesota arranged to be in the same group. Crossed the border into Canada sitting next to my new best friend; sharing deep/dark secrets.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Danny (93/365)

Danny B.: Baby of the thirteen. First day of H.S. school his limo pulled up in front of our house to pick-up Mike. Despite all of the over-indulgence Danny was a decent kid. I think it was the chauffeur's doing, somehow offsetting Tom's immure manure.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Marge (92/365)

Marge F.: She wanted children. How she and her husband tried and tried! She cried. No babies. Her husband suggested adoption. Slowly adding first a girl, next a boy, a girl and finally two more boys. They stopped at five. Twelve years later...Surprise! Michael!

Friday, May 05, 2006

Big Tom (91/365)

Tom B.: $poiled his thirteen kid$ rotten, giving each a new car at $ixteen. $pent time in the luxury $uite pokey for bid-rigging a major Chicago expre$$way. White collar crime had privilege$; $pecial visitor$, $teak dinner$, allowed to wear hi$ Rolex. Lawyer$ $prinkling magic du$t.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Erin (90/365)

Erin B.: Number twelve from the family of thirteen. She was spoiled and bossy. Luckily for me she attended the alternate all girls Catholic H.S. so our paths rarely crossed. Ran into her once in adulthood; maturity and her family's many losses had softened her.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Tommy (89/365)

Tommy B.: Triplet from the family of thirteen. He was wild. Loved jumping from his second story into their pool. Visited drug rehab centers like most visit a favorite restaurant. After completing treatment for the umpteenth time his car challenged a mighty Oak and lost.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Debbie (88/365)

Debbie B.: One of thirteen children she had fiery red hair like many of her siblings and an infectious smile. Amongst all those children she seemed to stand out the most. She was not bossy, mean or wild. She just simply wanted to be loved.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Mr. Weindling (87/365)

Mr. Weindling: Sandy's father. Early adapter (late 60's) made 8mm movies. Belgium Jewish immigrant came to America and made something out of nothing. One holiday painted the Peanuts gang on his picture windows in fluorescent paint complete with a Menorah, illuminating them with black lights.