Backstory Archive

Goodbye, Little Girl

This Thanksgiving, Ryan and I have a lot for which to be thankful. But we're most grateful for having had the opportunity to give an elderly, withdrawn little black cat a home. And to love her. Read More

The New View from Here (VIDEO)

When I moved eight miles north from downtown Chicago, I traded in one spectacular high-rise view for another. Here's a set of videos to show how living across from the Loop compares to living on the edge of Lake Michigan--in all its inland-sea glory. Read More

The End of Marina City

In 2005 this blog began with the subtitle, 'The life and times of a former New Yorker living in downtown Chicago.' I've almost left downtown twice since then. At the end of this month, I finally will. I'm heading to Edgewater--and realizing more than just my address is moving on. Read More

Fifteen Christmases and an Eitz Moed

Last December, on a Jewish journey and with my possessions in storage, I celebrated my first tree-free holiday season. This year, officially Jewish and back in my own apartment, I'm finally faced with the December Dilemma. Jews don't put up Christmas trees, and there's no such thing as a Chanukah bush. And then I got an idea. Read More