Chicago Driver

January 26, 2010 at 7:53 pm (Uncategorized) (, , )

This probably exists with some variation in every region in the country, but where I live, Illinois drivers are the worst. That’s the stereotype anyway. And if Illinois drivers are the worst, Chicago drivers are the worst of the worst…three-lane-changes with no signal, cut you off as soon as look at you, etc., etc.

So it was a pleasant surprise to see the following on the back of the van in front of us on Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago yesterday.

The Ten Guides to Good Human Relations

The Ten Guides to Good Human Relations

“THE TEN GUIDES TO GOOD HUMAN RELATIONS
Speak to people. There is nothing as nice as a cheerful greeting.
Call people by name – not names. The sweetest music is to hear one’s name called.
Have humility. There is something to be learned from every living thing.
Be friendly. If you want to have a friend, be one.
Be cordial. Speak and act as if everything to you is a pleasure.
Be interested in others. You can like almost everybody if you try.
Be generous with praise, cautious with criticism.
Give your word; then keep it.
Be considerate of the feelings of others.
Be alert to give service. What counts most in life is what we do for others.”

I’d say I have to work on about nine out of ten of those. AND I’m going to have to reassess my attitude about Illinois drivers!

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Lucky number 7

January 11, 2010 at 3:13 am (Uncategorized) (, , )

Seven years ago today, I spent the day doing laundry, changing sheets, and making cookies, which I then took to the hospital and gave to the staff after my darling baby girl was born.

Riley, brand new

Riley, brand new

And then I blinked. And now she’s seven! I love you, baby girl. Happy birthday, Riley!

Seven!

Seven!

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Lost

January 6, 2010 at 2:13 pm (Uncategorized) (, , )

I can’t find a Bible.

I have an assignment that’s due. I was asked to write a Lenten reflection for the Cathedral’s Lenten booklet again, again I’ve procrastinated until the eleventh hour and I can’t find my Bible.

Of course the readings are online, but what I really want is my Good News Bible from high school, with its purple soft-cover, its scrupulously gender-neutral (and awkward) language, its stick-figure illustrations, and the embellishments I added over the years: various Psalms highlighted in neon highlighter, quotes from U2 in ballpoint pen, etc. etc.

I feel sort of lost without it.

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Be it resolved…

January 4, 2010 at 7:56 pm (Uncategorized) (, , )

I’m not much of a one for New Year’s resolutions. I don’t know why. It’s a terrific idea, after all, to take stock and evaluate and try to make changes. Maybe I should resolve to make a resolution?

Anyway, I do have this New Year’s Day thing – maybe it’s a little superstitious…I like to spend the day doing things that I hope I’ll do throughout the year. We started off with a bang, well a splash really, as the five of us trekked over to the beach to watch Sam jump into Lake Michigan.

Polar bear plunge

Polar bear plunge

Later, my mother questioned whether he was having his mid-life crisis, but I was so inspired! It was so brave! and crazy! I hope to be bold this year too.

Afterwards we spent a really fun time with my parents. Then we went ice skating. I went to the gym. We had dinner with friends and hung out playing guitar and singing. Nothing life-changing, but everything very life-affirming.

So no, no “stop procrastinating” or “eat healthier” or “be more patient” for me this year, although those would all be fine goals. Instead I’m hoping for a year of family and friends and music and fun, with maybe a little craziness thrown in.

I hope your New Years are off to a good start too.

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