038 Pigeon I

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

The original version of this post was somehow deleted when I tried to edit the title. This is a placeholder until I can recreate it. Essentially: pigeons are the souls of Chicagoans who died hungry. Ugh, I can’t remember all of it. It was good, though.

039 Pigeon II

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

There are always pigeons in Chicago. Always. When one visits the same spots repeatedly, one notices that some pigeons are always there through the years (if one is observant), no matter how much time has passed. There is always a pigeon with only one toe on one foot at the Randolph and Wabash stop on […]

036 Black Cat

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

There’s a small elementary school not far from Balmoral Race Track, in the distant South Suburbs of Chicago, not far from Indiana. Near that school was an abandoned church, which was torn down in the late 1990s after a series of disturbing events. During the late 1980s and very early 1990s, locals were very disturbed […]

034 Zebra Mussels

Friday, December 4th, 2009

In 1988, a Russian vessel mistakenly emptied its bilge into Lake St. Claire. The living contents of that bilge water migrated through the great lakes, some of it ending up in Lake Michigan and the Chicago River. Every few summers since then, residents of Chicago notice that the water, which comes from the Lake, tastes […]

031 Dogs and Cats

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

It is not common, on dark lonely nights, to see the family dog rise suddenly and advance towards an otherwise innocuous spot, hackles raised and growling. Perhaps it is a closet door, a closed door on an empty bedroom, a spot on the wall, the dining room. It is of the utmost importance to pay […]