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Making your to-do list fun with silly ideas

My to-do list sometimes looks pretty silly—and that’s the way I like it. Here are two fun items on my to-do list: [  ] Blog about if birds—specifically robins—run or do they hop? Seriously. I saw a robin the other day on the ground. Instead of running, I believe it was hopping. I snapped a […]

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Kirk Vuillemot: Art Institute of Chicago Assistant Conservator for Preparation and Framing

Kirk Vuillemot, the Art Institute’s framemaker

Frame conservation. Picking the right frame to match artwork from centuries ago. The Art Institute of Chicago has an employee with the title of Assistant Conservator for Preparation and Framing. Kirk Vuillemot has been restoring and creating frames for the museum since 1986. The Art Institute’s asked him five questions in their post post, “Meet […]

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Flag of Dominica in Plaza of the Americas

Two minutes on Dominican flag from a Walgreens window

I stood in a Walgreens dish soap aisle for two minutes recording a video of the store window. Why? Because this Walgreens, in the historic Wrigley Building, features a fantastic view of 34 flags of all the South and North American countries.   All the bright vibrant colorful flags waving vigorously demand shoppers attention. Although, […]

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Philly transit tokens, photo by ryangs

Transit tokens as investment

Philadelphia is retiring their transit tokens. I urge people to go and buy as many tokens as you can. They will be worth the investment 20 years from now. How? Let’s use Chicago as an example. In 1999 Chicago phased out their transit coins. At the time, fares cost $1.00. Now the CTA tokens are […]

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Sun blasting through the frigid -8° air

A positive approach to negative criticism

What do you do with negative criticism? Our first reaction might be to dismiss words that tear us down. Instead of ignoring the negative criticism, I want to absorb those words. Consider them, know the rationale and source behind the negative comments. Perhaps the fault lies within me. Instead of defending my viewpoint, I want […]

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Falling ice at Chicago Apple Store

Design flaw in Apple flagship store

[Update: Apple has explained they do have a heated roof. Blair Kamin of the Chicago Tribune reports: “The roof has a warming system that’s built into it,” Apple spokesman Nick Leahy said. “It needed some fine-tuning and it got re-programmed today. It’s hopefully a temporary problem.” So I take back that this is a design […]

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