Word of the Week


a seiche

seiche: n. a temporary disturbance or oscillation in the water level of a lake or partially enclosed body of water, especially one caused by changes in atmospheric pressure.
Last night some areas around Lake Michigan got hit with a big storm. Some people thought they saw a tornado, but tornadoes don’t form around such large bodies of water. I was told what was seen was part of a seiche.

Weekend Coffee Share

wordswag_15073188796611453091488Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!

If we were having coffee this weekend, I’d urge you to try Japanese Forest Bathing. I did on Saturday with my library. Forest Bathing entails slowly walking mindfully through the woods. It’s supposed to make you feel more peaceful, energized and creative. I will say I felt terrific afterwards.

Later I joined a prayer 40 Days for Life prayer service in front of a clinic in Chicago. I haven’t done this sort of thing, but the issue is major and my eyes have been opened by Prager U videos and the film Unplanned so I went. There was a good turnout and many people driving by showed their support. There were volunteers who supported abortion and unfortunately, they used foul language and insults to state their case.

On Friday a friend and I had a good dinner at Siam Rice before going to the Goodman Theater’s Next Stage Festival, where a novice playwright’s work is performed. Hats off to the Goodman for offering new writers this opportunity. The performances were free to attend. We saw In the Sick Bay of the Santa Maria, which takes place in the bottom of one of Columbus’ ships. One character is feigning illness to escape work and the rough sailors on deck, another really is ill. A subplot centers around a strict college professor whose students complain about her teaching. In my opinion the second story didn’t fit the main plot well and was just a distraction.


We had snow, and lots of it in time for Halloween. I felt sorry for the kids trick or treating, but then I realized many years I had to trick or treat with a winter jacket on. So that’s just life in the Midwest.


Friday I took my mom to St. John Cantius for an All Saints Day mass. It’s a magnificent example of traditional sacred architecture. Even if you’re not a major traditionalist, if you love art, you’ll appreciate this church.




Tell Me Something Good

Tell Me Something Good is a simple challenge that prompts bloggers to share a nugget of positive news or wisdom and it’s started by the creator of A Momma’s View.

  • Finally, today we’re getting the rain we need!
  • I’ve got a Skype interview for a library job on Wednesday afternoon. Today I had another interview for a part time job, just for extra spending money and am mulling over whether to take it.
  • I’ve been able to make progress on a novel that’s a girls’ adventure story. I hope to soon put the first few chapters on Amazon.com for free.
  • Quote to start your week: There is nothing on the earth more to be prized than true friendship. Thomas Aquinas

So for all of you who would like to play along and stick to the rules, here they are:

It’s easy:

Mention something that you consider being good in the comments

• Or write a post about it on your blog (please don’t forget the pingback if you do so I don’t miss out and also share the link to it in the comments below). Something good that happened to you recently, or something good you will experience in a little while, or something good you know will happen soon. Something that makes you feel good.

• Share this post and invite your followers as well.


It’s Hot

104 today

Nothing like stating the obvious, but when it’s hot, it’s harder to think. So I don’t blame people for all the cliches: “Hot enough for you?” or “You could fry an egg on the pavement.”

Last Saturday as the mercury climbed to 100 and beyond (Fahrenheit) our air conditioning blew out. Great timing. A service person came out and though on the phone he said he could have us “up and running today.” What that really meant is we could sign up to buy a new system that day. I suppose he felt the prospect of a/c was as real as actual a/c. Not to the residents, though.

Anyway, the wiser family members are now ensconced in a nearby hotel till the weather cools. Enough with the sleepless nights in the heat. While the basement did afford some cool comfort, the couch did nothing for my back and as the days wear on, I’d really have some troubles.

On Monday we had cocktails with some neighbors. I learned that in the 30s and 40s people would sleep on the beach, in the parks or on the roofs of their three flats. That’s rather romantic. Nowadays it’s just too dangerous. When I was young we didn’t have central air. I do remember the beloved window units. Any advances in air conditioning are Godsends in my book.

(An aside: Crime figures for the weekend in Chicago – this holiday week they’re averaging 4 murders a day.)

We Need a Word

After a lovely, sunny and warm Saturday the cold and gray skies have returned. It makes me think we need a new word. We call summery fall days, Indian Summer, but we don’t have a word or term for wintery spring days. Every spring there is a return of winter, sometimes complete with snow. “Unseasonably cold” doesn’t cut it. I’d like something more poetic.