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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

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 I were having coffee with you this weekend, I’d tell you I took a former student from China to Pilsen so she could see the vibrant murals and have some Latin food.

 

 

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Pilsen

This year I’ve been to Pilsen three times. Prior to 2019, I’d never been there. We saw lots of murals, some I’d never seen.

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There are easily hundreds. We went to 5 Rabinitos, which was packed.

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St. Paul’s

Then we headed to St. Paul’s Catholic Church, but it was locked up. Too bad. We wanted to go to the National Museum of Mexican Art but the line was way down the block and probably would take over an hour to get through. Their Dia de los Muertos exhibit goes till January so I’ll return.

On Monday I attended the Library Board Meeting. At times it was uplifting such as when people spoke up about how much they cared about the library or libraries in general. I agree with the man at the end of the video above that we have lost a lot of cultural institutions. Some change is needed, but how much and what kind?

The board voted to spend $15,000 on a heated sidewalk, which didn’t sit well with many in attendance, who’re more concerned with the fact that 22 out of 43 people have left this year. In November all but one Youth Librarian will remain.

I saw Remorquers, a French film with Jean Gabin, which was decent, but not one I’d insist you see.