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Why I’ve Stayed in Chicago for 20 Years

It’s not easy or pretty, but life isn’t without challenge anywhere else in America either. We stay because so many things about this place make us care enough to stay. And that’s something I think outside observers always miss about Chicago.

“I Bet Your Blog Becomes All About Autism”

Michael Thaddeus Doyle at Parque Eduardo VII in Lisbon Portugal in 1999

I thought coming out only happened once. Then 2020 proved me wrong. Hi, I’m Michael. And I’m autistic.

Hebreo Rizado

Sometimes when you’re ‘Jewish and’ you just have to lead with the ‘and.’ I’m a Hispanic Jew who’s taking off his kippah.

The Death and Life of My Planning Career

What do you do when you want to pivot back to what you used to do, that you never thought you’d do again?

The Blessing For Making Me Hispanic

This summer, I opened the door to my family’s secrets in order to reclaim my heritage. Hi, my name is Michael Doyle, and I’m a Hispanic American.

The Ecstasy and Agony of Noise-Canceling Headphones

Or, the moment I realized my noise-canceling headphones were assistive technology for the elderly.

These Marks Show That You Are Alive

The message from my Managed Midlife Crisis™? Stop being afraid to start being myself again.

All the Places I Am

Sometimes the thing you’re most afraid of is the most important thing you can do.

It’s Not Where You’re From, It’s Where You’re At

Every six years or so, I remember how much I love Chicago and gush unapologetically. Check your watches. No apologies.

Cubs and a Forgotten Chicagoan

The Cubs winning the World Series reminds me that I still do love my adopted Chicago hometown.