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Shaw Thoughts: Geriatric Genius

Shaw Thoughts: Geriatric Genius

He walks slowly these days—a kind of stoop-shouldered amble—his face reflecting the aches and pains of a 72-year-old body that’s been invaded by prostate cancer, Lyme disease and a mild stroke that still affects coordination.

November 20, 2012 12:00 pm Related
Shaw Thoughts: The World According to Golf

Shaw Thoughts: The World According to Golf

English is considered an easy language to start learning because it’s gender-neutral and doesn’t require different conversational rules for addressing friends and strangers. But hard to master because there are so many words with odd spellings and irregular pronunciations, and so many differ…

July 23, 2012 12:00 pm
Shaw Thoughts: Beach life leaves an enduring impression

Shaw Thoughts: Beach life leaves an enduring impression

This magazine, like many others, assigns every issue a theme or two. And this columnist, like many others, follows the theme when it feels right and doesn't when it doesn't. This issue has twin themes: America the Beautiful and Beach Life. And since both are so relevant to me, I had to think…

June 13, 2012 10:15 am
SHAW THOUGHTS: Celebrating 40 years of marriage and a (temporary) divorce from the BlackBerry

SHAW THOUGHTS: Celebrating 40 years of marriage and a (temporary) divorce from the BlackBerry

One of legendary Yankee Yogi Berra's most famous malapropisms is "déjà vu all over again," and the Yogiman actually bumbled into perfect misusage, because it's often the best description of one event that feels eerily like another, including an Asian vacation Mary and I took over the winter …

May 01, 2012 12:00 am
Shaw Thoughts: Mobile trucks spark 'food fight'

Shaw Thoughts: Mobile trucks spark 'food fight'

Two young women were discussing lunch options as the elevator descended to the lobby of our Loop office building recently, and it came down to the two mobile food trucks that park outside on West Jackson—one offering Jamaican "jerk" meats, the other Asian cuisine. The meals aren't prepared i…

December 29, 2011 12:00 am
Shaw Thoughts: 'Angels' in search of a better government

Shaw Thoughts: 'Angels' in search of a better government

This is a true story but the names have been changed to protect the benevolent.

November 19, 2011 12:00 am
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