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Postcards from the Windy City - Doing Summer


By Abby Stocker

Fri, Aug 16th, 2013
Posted in All Columnists



Hi, Readers.

Well, we’re reaching the point in the summer when even the most nonchalant among us will soon be forced to reckon with The Question: what have you done this summer?

For some I know, this question doesn’t seem to cause much stress. Like I said, nonchalant. It’s all cool. So they’ve worked or finished their one big project, or maybe went on vacation. They’ve hung out with friends. For adults not involved in the school year-cycle, maybe summer’s been the same routine, peppered with bike trips or barbecues. Summer equals more time, more sunshine, more freedom, right? All the better to kick back and relax, right?

Wrong. There are things to be done. I’m making my list and checking it twice. And even if, for all practical purposes, I agree with the rest of the world that summer should be a break, or at least a change in routine, I don’t quite feel that my summer has started right unless I break out a fresh piece of paper and create the To Do List. (Usually accompanied by its sister, the Summer Reading List.)

So I do not fall into the “casual careless” category of responses when it comes to end-of-summer story swaps. But I’m also not in with those few who not only made to-do lists, but have felt the satisfaction of checking off at least half of the items on said lists. No, I am among those who decided, a few days into July, that the list was never realistic anyway. So I scrapped a few items, trimmed it down. Which turned into a rolling process of trimming and adding. Auto-response to The Question: start a new list of things actually accomplished...

One item on my list to do this summer was finally accomplished on my second-to-last weekend in Chicago: I visited a college friend at her home about an hour north of where I am. We talked, played with her dog, went shopping. Nothing spectacular, which was perfect. A day-long break from my Internet connectivity and schedule, invested in long hours talking about books, life, whatever. Fun to see my friend, and a good reminder that “rest” perhaps should have been on my summer list, as well.

But then, the items on my list are a bit more vague than those of some people I know. My to-dos included going to Chicago, writing this column, and reading. Both my mom and host mom outlined more practical projects to be done this summer—yard work and home improvement items topping their lists. Some .....
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A little of this, A little of that.

By Kathy Little

Fri, Aug 16th, 2013
Posted in All Columnists

Uno, dos, etc. Yes, I did take Spanish in high school long before Taco Bell became a restaurant chain. Mrs. Worley, our Spanish teacher, wanted us to learn not only the language but also about the culture of Spain and Mexico. So we had a Spanish par ..... 
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Postcards from the Windy City - Art in the City

By Abby Stocker

Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
Posted in All Columnists

Dear Readers, This week, I found myself on the train once again, tumbling into downtown Chicago. Beautiful Saturday afternoon, plans in the city, what more could you want? Art. And people to share it with, of course. My trip downtown a few w ..... 
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Country Coffee Talk - August 12, 2013

By Jeanette Schmidt

Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
Posted in All Columnists

Don’t you just love the summer! There’s nothing more enjoyable than sitting on the porch in the morning with that first cup of coffee, ignoring what’s ahead for the day. How did that jingle go...“The best part of waking up...”? Did you kno ..... 
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Tech Bytes - Profiling

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
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Profiling, “the recording and analysis of a person’s psychological and behavioral characteristics, so as to assess or predict their capabilities,” is often associated in a negative light when you’re the potential employee. When you’re th ..... 
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Musings from the back porch! - August 5, 2013

By Judy Thomas

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
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In the good old summertime We waited quite awhile for it to get here and before we know it, it will be gone. Since this is my first attempt to share bits of myself and who I am, I guess I could describe myself as liking to meet and getting to know ..... 
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Postcards from the Windy City - A Bird? A Plane? A...Magnet

By Abby Stocker

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
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Dear Readers, Picture this: a giant circular object, apparently a ring, shrink-wrapped in some kind of white plastic, on top of a 16-axel red flatbed trailer, driving maybe five miles per hour through a gap in the trees opposite the building wher ..... 
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Postcards from the Windy City - Casablanca

By Abby Stocker

Fri, Jul 26th, 2013
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Here’s looking at you, Readers. I got stuck in “Casablanca” this week. Astoundingly, I’d never seen the movie. So I spent nearly two hours last Monday evening with Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and my host parents, waiting for letters ..... 
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Tech Bytes - Uninvited Guests

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jul 26th, 2013
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Keeping in touch with family and friends via instant messaging is great, through video is even better. Skype, for example, is a great program to video chat at people’s convenience by utilizing your computer’s webcam. However, if a stranger was ..... 
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