Essay, Growth

Stanley Kubrick Teaches Us that Life is a Hedge-Maze

There’s something magical about the “center,” isn’t there? The center of the earth The eye of a tornado The center of a Tootsie Roll Pop The center of a hedge-maze Whenever I think of a maze I think of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. It’s such a great film, and to me it’s the epitome of […]

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Essay

Five Pink

Is how I like my steak Is my favorite the color of a crayon Sings Starts with “P” Rhymes with “sink” It’s Pink.

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Culture

Connect the Dots

If you’ve ever been to Chicago, you might agree that if the city lacks anything it certainly isn’t in the “magnificent views” category. Here’s a photo from last night. Facing north I used a Sony A6000 mirror-less camera from our 31st floor balcony above Indiana and Cermak. If you look closely you’ll notice that everything […]

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Essay, Food

A Toast to the Digestif

When I think of “bitter,” I think of “digestif.” I knew nothing of the digestif until late in my hospitality career, and as my knowledge of it grew so did my acquired taste. It’s an alcoholic drink served after a meal to aid digestion and is the sibling of the apéritif, served before a meal […]

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