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Well, the Archdiocese of Chicago has its new leader. Pope Francis has appointed Blasé Cupich to succeed Cardinal Francis George as the ninth Archbishop of Chicago. He will replace the ailing George in November.
Well, I attended one of those events that marks a seminal moment in one’s life.
Well, I missed some cool local events over this past Labor Day weekend.
Well, school is/will be starting soon. Some have started already.
Well, the two great undertakings of my summer have passed.
Well, I’ve got that feeling again.
Friday is the Fourth of July.
Well, I went to my first Calumet City Chamber of Commerce luncheon/meeting last week. It was at the council chambers of City Hall. I was invited by Cal City’s economic development chief Brian Swanson.
Well, I didn’t know Mike Kosiara, but I knew about him. I have seen his teams play. And I knew through others who played and/or coached with him, that he was dedicated, worked hard, and gave much of himself to young men of Calumet City and Lansing (but mostly to Calumet City) through the gam…
Well, Calumet City was a lead story on a lot of local newscasts a few days back (not always a good thing). But this was for a rather unusual circumstance that turned out not to be as bad as it could have been.
Well, the Catholic Church has two new official heroes — the Church calls them saints.
Well, it’s spring ... I think, hope, pray.
Well, Dad’s in the hospital.
I went to a meeting a little while back.
I’ve never really been much of a gear head — you know, way into cars. I’ve been around for a long time, but I’ve only owned three new cars. I’ve had used ones and I tended to keep those a long time. I was a good friend of Terry Nelleman, of the former Terry’s Motors in Calumet City, but not …
Well I see that St. Florian Catholic School in Hegwisch is slated to be closed next school year by the Archdiocese of Chicago. That’s a shame.
Well, it’s gotten cold again.
Well, I went to River Oaks recently. Christmas shopping should be easy for me, just the wife and my father. And it should be even easier this year than most. That’s because we are getting a new basement floor, newly painted walls, and of course, sundry other items to compliment the “new” room.
I hope I haven’t given up the fight, but I caved early this year.
Well, it happened again.
Well, with Halloween gone, we’ve passed the last commercial speed bump before the onslaught of advertising prep for the “big one” — Christmas, the season of Biblical spending. (That’s kind of ironic, no?)
I met up recently with some old friends from my earliest teaching days at St. Victor School in Calumet City. Tom Pietrasek, Sue Schmakel, Sister Therese Del Genio, and I taught together for several years in the early to mid 1970s.
As I am writing this, I am contemplating turning on the furnace for a minute or two, though being the thrifty soul that I am, I probably won’t.
Kelvin caught me outside reading on my lawn chair along side the house. Older retired guys do things like that. And younger guys like Kelvin (around 12) sometimes hustle older guys for jobs. Kelvin comes around because earlier this year, I succumbed to his sales pitch which was him simply as…
A couple of signs of early August in Calumet City caught my attention recently.
Have you ever had this experience?
Summer used to be my leisure season. No school, catch up on some house upkeep in a leisurely kind of way, read a lot. But not so much since my retirement from full-time teaching. And there’s one word to explain that change in my summertime situation — VictorFest.
When I was teaching full time, I used to have a standard response to people who would ask if I was going to teach summer school. I’d say without hesitation that the words “summer’” and “school” don’t belong in the same sentence.
Well, it’s the good old summertime. Although technically, not until Friday when we have the summer solstice, the single longest day of the year in terms of daylight. Bummer alert ... starting Saturday the hours of daylight will become incrementally fewer.
- St. Andrew church is having its 40th annual Summer Fest on June 29 and 30 on the parish grounds at 768 Lincoln Ave. in Calumet City. Festivities are from 6 to 10 p.m. June 29 and from 2 to 9 p.m. on June 30.
Leo died last week.
I was straightening out and sorting some of the clutter and stuff that I, and I imagine some of you, live with. I scooped up a solitary plastic bag to put with the others I keep to either reuse as a garbage bag or to recycle at Strack’s. Strack’s has a barrel for collecting plastic bags. The…
The modern Boston Massacre is still in the news every day.
I read Times’ columnist Vanessa Renderman last Sunday about being a kid at heart in a grown-up world. I am a multiple of her age, but it still struck a chord with me.
For many folks this is the week of spring/Easter break. And if you are looking for — and even if you are not — a worthwhile activity to end your week, I have one for you.
There are certainly a lot of religion-related news and holidays this time of year.
Generally, primary elections are a preliminary step in electing those who will head various levels of government. But in some areas like Calumet City and the 2nd Congressional District, which includes most all of The Times' Illinois circulation area, the primary election IS the election.
I was in the shop a little while ago for a couple of days. A little trouble with the wiring. You have to keep up with the maintenance, especially as the parts get older.
Two Cal Citians were invited guests at the inauguration of President Obama recently.
It’s mid-winter, though you couldn’t tell most days by the weather. And mid-winter for a lot of folks, including me, means basketball.
It makes you stop and think. But when you have been in the business for more than four decades, it makes you think a little deeper.
Maybe this is a little “Scroog-ish," but I’m not a big fan of Christmas music, at least before what I consider to be Christmas time. And here I am at odds with a large segment of the culture which considers the Christmas season to begin sometime shortly after Labor Day and last until a few d…
I knew it was coming. My wife, Marie, was working a lot of overtime. A large expenditure must be looming.
Two holidays. One just past and one coming up.
I try to combine my errand-type car trips. It’s one of my little ways of trying to help save the planet. And I like to be, let’s say, economical.
Liking the fall season, I wanted to go to the doings at the Buckley Homestead not far from Lowell and the harvest fest they have, a nice ride and a good chance to see the fall colors in a more rural setting. But it was rainy and my wife talked me out of that trip.
I just came in from outside on this massively gorgeous fall day (Tuesday past). I probably have written about this before, but in a lot of ways, fall is my favorite season.
Sister Alban is a great lady, the embodiment of what it means to be a true Christian. She has been a Calumet City treasure for more than a quarter century. When the Calumet City Hall of Heroes is instituted, Sister Alban Hermes will be in the first class chosen.
Sorry I’ve missed you for a while; had a little time off to visit Europe. A little advice? Go. Europe rocks.
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