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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.
Last Saturday, a pleasant weather day, I had my windows open and prepared for some house work when the sounds of music blasted by those industrial size speakers greeted my ears. I was sort of prepared for, but not happy about, hearing an onslaught of vulgarity-riddled lyrics blasted througho…
Although there are things I would change, especially in the TV coverage, the Olympics are cool.
Firetrucks get our attention. I guess they are supposed to. They are big, come in bright colors and even when not blasting horns and sirens, you can easily hear them.
It seemed like not that big of a challenge last October.
The folks who run the Dynasty banquet hall in Hammond said that you just don’t have too many occasions where their main banquet facility gets filled up and they start to worry about having too many people.
Summer officially arrived Wednesday and some of the activities around town speak to that.
The other week I was traveling east on Pulaski Road toward Burnham Avenue and encountered a bit of a traffic jam. Not uncommon during the day, but a little uncommon in the early evening.
It seems the weather this week has gotten back to the balmy temperatures we had for a good part of March. Yes, spring is in the air and summer around the corner. And now that I’m back at school regularly, I can tell by the restlessness of the kids, and, more honestly, of the teachers.
Two weeks back I did a little exercising of my First Amendment rights and engaged in a little nostalgia.
Well, spring has sprung. I guess you can tell because it's not as warm as it was at the end of winter. Yes, things get turned around sometimes.
Well, as it turns out, maybe not such a big deal, and certainly no big surprises.
Ah, spring is in the air and a young man's thoughts turn to ... I've forgotten. I'll have to find a young man and ask.
Something felt different as I walked down Freeland Avenue with my six- foot-long spear Sunday.
I was dragged into the computer age at just about the last minute, kicking and screaming as I went.
It had been years since I last went to a Neighborhood Watch meeting.
Well, I've done it again. It's the middle of January — in the Northern Hemisphere that's winter — I have been outside, and my attire is shorts. Well, they're mid-calf, pseudo-capri, "what-the-heck-are-you-wearing?" kind of shorts.
And just what are the most common cheers in high school competitions these days anyway? First and 10; do it again? Air-ball? Deee-Fence?
One of the images indelibly burned into my mind is a young mother in the Plaza of Our Lady of Guadalupe Cathedral in Mexico City. She was carrying an infant, I assumed her child, as she navigated on her knees across the bricks of the expansive space and great distance leading to the entrance…
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