Last Thursday was the Local Lovers open mic night at Rozz-Tox in Rock Island, Illinois. Rozz-Tox is a funky jewel of a place– a cafe and bar–a place you can get pu-erh tea or Ovaltine, sake or lingonberry juice, kimchi or a red velvet cupcake. It’s a great place to see live music, but […]

I attended a double-header performance of Greek tragedies on Sunday evening. It was my first experience of a Genesius Guild performance. The wind was rustling through the crowns of mature trees at Lincoln Park, in Rock Island, Illinois. Revelers nearby lit the occasional firecracker, getting ready for the Fourth of July, and birds sang in […]

Photo of my father on his honeymoon. *** Radio interruptus: I started to listen to Terry Gross interview Kevin Young on Fresh Air last month. My listening was interrupted by a call from my aunt and I just now finished listening to this radio piece. This interview combines two of my passions: poetry and the […]

The Wahls Protocol.

It’s been an exceptionally cold winter in the Midwest, and, yet, the geese fly northward. Their direction knows something I don’t. They trust the lengthening days will again bring days when the sun radiates warmth. Flying Vs portend Spring. Honk. Honk.  

May I be filled with love and kindness. May I be safe and protected. May I love and be loved. May I be happy and contented. May I be healthy and strong. May my life unfold with ease. *** This is a Buddhist loving-kindness meditation. When we tune into our desire to care for ourselves, […]

My first trip to  the Galvin Fine Arts Center was to see Grace Sullivan’s first solo art show, “Dreams to Remember.” Sullivan resides in Madison, Wisconsin, but grew up in “suburbia.” Actually, Woodstock, Illinois, is not a suburb of Chicago, but is a town with its own rich history. The town square was made famous by the movie, […]