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The Cat and the Rat

  My dad has been scanning old pictures and the other day he sent my sister and me an email with a couple of JPGs attached. One was of Kathi with a rat that she had brought home from school one weekend, the other was of me in a robe with our first cat, Dusty.…

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Summer, 1970

When I was three my parents took my sister and I to Europe on an epic 10-week adventure. It was a watershed, the beginning of a life enjoying travel for all of us. Recently my dad found the journal that they kept that summer in 1970, the result is the piece that follows. by Jim…

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The Other Hyde Park

I’ve been coming to Chicago for close to thirty years. My mom moved here in the late 80s. Although I have never lived here, it always feels a bit like coming home. Hyde Park, the neighborhood she lives in, is a calm island in the otherwise choppy waters of Chicago’s Southside. It’s has lots of…

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Closed

The last time that Congress shut down the government I headed to the coast–to the Olympic National Park. It was Thanksgiving weekend 1995. I went with E, the guy I was seeing at the time. We rented a dingy hotel room in Forks because it was past camping season. This was before Twilight fame, when…