May Day is a Rust Belt Holiday

May Day isn’t just an estimably American holiday, it’s a particularly Rust Belt holiday, forged in the cauldron of Chicago’s streets and factories, born from the experience of workers in the mills and plants of Detroit, Pittsburgh, and Cleveland.

2024-05-06T11:00:54-04:00April 29, 2024|

Pittsburgh Was Better Than NYC

Would a return to my hometown after 20 years in and around New York prove the perfect move for a mom determined to say “yes” and kindle community? Here’s how it went for me.

2024-05-02T10:41:33-04:00April 25, 2024|

Colleen Moore’s Fairy Tale Castle of Chicago

Moore used her fairies and their castle to stitch up an alarmingly tattered social contract, providing an occasion for people of all ages, races, classes and backgrounds to look together at an astonishing object and to contemplate how collaboratively through the pooling of their individual contributions, they could move proverbial mountains.

2024-04-22T10:11:10-04:00April 15, 2024|

Damned in Ohio

My immediate family was irreligious. My grandparents were raised in contradictory faiths, and their first grandchild was the singular blessing, the lone scandal, that could unite them in disbelief.

2023-12-27T12:12:51-05:00December 15, 2023|

Derby Season is Almost Over

The thing about derby fans and derby drivers and derby organizers is that they are incredibly “in” on the joke, whatever jokes that can be made about them and their chosen vocation.

2023-11-10T10:48:28-05:00November 6, 2023|
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