More on D-Day


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Veterans on Sunday Special

In honor of the 75th Anniversary or D-Day, Ben Shapiro changes gears on his Sunday Special and interviews WWII veterans, some of whom were there on D-Day.

In high school my history class just glossed over WWII. I did pick up information informally, but this year am learning more of the details and what was entailed in this historic event. I’m glad these men are still alive to tell their stories.

Yard House


To celebrate my brother’s birthday my family went to Yard House in Glenview. I’d never been though my brother and nephews were familiar with the menu. The space was huge, very modern and sleek. Moreover, it was very loud. Lots of people chatting up a storm in a way that was merry rather than annoying. Yet this is not the spot when you want or need to converse in depth.

We started by sharing cheese curds, which I’d never had, even though this Wisconsin treat has made its way to Illinois and beyond and has sort of become a favorite of nerdy foodies. I had a watermelon margarita, which was fine, though it didn’t taste all that much like watermelon.

I had a ahi tuna sandwich, which consisted of seared ahi, caramelized onions, aioli sauce, lettuce on rye bread with sweet potato fries. I was delighted and brought half home for lunch the next day. The French dips, chicken sandwiches, salads and burgers all satisfied the other guests and everyone took doggie bags home.

I do tend to enjoy conversation at dinner. It doesn’t have to be super philosophical, but I want to be able to hear the stories my friends and family are sharing so the noise was a strike. I think eating outside might solve that problem. When the weather’s warm, you can eat outside on the sidewalk.

Word of the Week

Fetcher bill: n. “legislative bills that would take money from various persons or groups, and then withdraw them once (constitutionally protected) payments are made. These bills go by different names. In California they are called ‘juice bills,’ referring to their ability to squeeze those who would lose from taxation unless they pay up. In Illinois, they are called “fetcher bills,” for their ability to fetch money from otherwise victimized taxpayers who pay to avoid the greater financial pain. ‘Milker’ bills is another term used, for obvious reasons.” Retrieved from A Way with Words at

I came across this term in Crain’s Chicago Business in an article about politics and how pending legislation, which may never pass, is souring potential businesses from coming to Illinois because there are so many possible drawbacks.


Memorial Day Concert

I watch this marvelous PBS concert every year. The tributes to individual members of the service and their spouses are outstanding and represent the many who sacrificed just as much. The music is superb and very fitting. The cast includes “Joe Mantegna and Mary McCormack and features an all-star lineup of actors and musicians along with top pops conductor Jack Everly and the National Symphony Orchestra.”

Take a look. Have some tissue handy as you may need to wipe away a tear.

Reference on YouTube.

Poem of the Week

We Remember Them

In the rising of the sun and its going down,
We Remember Them.
In the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter,
We Remember Them.

In the opening of the buds and in the rebirth of spring.
We Remember Them.

In the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of summer,
We Remember Them.

In the rustling of the leaves and in the beauty of autumn.
We Remember Them.

In the beginning of the year and when it ends,
We Remember Them.

When we are weary and in need of strength,
We Remember Them.

When we are lost and sick of heart,
We Remember Them.

When we have joys and special celebrations we yearn to share,
We Remember Them.

So long as we live, they too shall live, for they are part of us.
We Remember Them.

By Rabbi Sylvan Kamens