Small Mercies

It’s been a tough fall. Tough schedule, tough travel, challenging projects (in mostly good ways), tough politics, tough times.  But today I had such a rush of pleasure from the littlest things.  That I needed the car and my loving spouse was willing to take the train (which he hates) and that we live in … Continue reading

The Almost Perfect Morning

Wake in the cool dawn.  Snuggle-spoon for a few minutes, soft and sleepy.  Pad out to the quiet house. Stretch while the kettle hums and hisses.  Milky tea and a bite of a novel or perhaps a spot of writing.  Breakfast and a chat, plan our day and put things to rights. Prepare for what’s … Continue reading

Wisdom of the Day

Life is too short for pens that don’t work and clothes that don’t fit right.  Be gone, unreliable fiends. 

Old Friends

As a Michigander in Chicago it is inevitable I run into people. This place is full of past. For me, my family, my friends. But the particular domestic pleasure of walking through Andersenville on a sunny morning is multiplied when you recognize an old friend in the dappled crosswalk. The gaunt gait and long jaw … Continue reading

Carpe Kareoke

Last week, a friend celebrated his birthday at a small Korean karaoke joint. The kind with private rooms and a songbook as thick as a brick. About three quarters of the book was in Korean; the sing-along lyrics had typos and accidental homonyms in every track; and the English-language pop songs were from 2003 or … Continue reading

White coat hypertension. 

 I recently went to the doctor for the first time since coming to America.  It was, by and large, the same as going to the doctor in Britain: dated banquet hall chairs in the waiting room, bustling nurses, typing doctors, surprisingly old fashioned scales. But the dynamic of the thing felt different than I remember … Continue reading

Foot hangover

Have you ever had one of these? I have never heard of one, but I can think of no better description. Last night I was a ballroom dinner fundraiser: big city skyline, people dropping ten of thousands in donations, hotel wedding food. While my conversation stayed sparkling rather than slurred — I am much better … Continue reading

Thousands of characters everywhere and not a word to read!

Originally posted on liamaidan.com:
As everybody on the internet is undoubtedly aware, last month Twitter, a platform of which I am rather fond, announced that they are considering expanding their strict 140 character limit to a whopping 10,000 characters. Although the powers that be at Twitter HQ were quick to defend this change as…

Let there be light! 

Be still, my heart: it is February 9th and I leave my office in very overcast yet decidedly daylight.  How quickly it has come! I hardly think winter’s been at all in these parts. Apparently somewhere else is bearing the brunt of it this year, for in England there are daffodils and here there is … Continue reading

bigger things

After a long bout of illness, my mind is regaining some of its pep.  Predictably, there is a magnetic draw back to things undone and promises made.  But there is this liminal space before I’m quite back up to full speed where bigger, wilder aspirations peep from my horizon. Where things I want to be … Continue reading