December update

December update

It’s been a while since I have checked in. I always think that I don’t have much to report on. Now that my cancer treatments are finished, things naturally have calmed down. We had a pretty uneventful Halloween. The weather was wicked with high winds and...
Chemo, Christmas & New Year’s

Chemo, Christmas & New Year’s

I have been in better spirits this past couple of weeks. I loved being together with family and friends during the holidays. I was so happy that everyone was feeling well and we were able to be with both our families for Christmas. It has been so much fun playing with...
‘The Beatles Christmas Album’

‘The Beatles Christmas Album’

Among all the John Lennon tributes yesterday, a friend of mine — Stripwax creator Jeff Moody — posted a link to a YouTube video featuring one of the Beatles’ wackier departures, “You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)“. This, in turn,...
The Krampus and St. Nicholas in Austria (December 5)

The Krampus and St. Nicholas in Austria (December 5)

The excitement is palpable in the video above as a child greets visitors arriving in Dienten am Hochkönig, a little mountain village in Austria. Many Americans probably recognize St. Nicholas, whose feast day is December 6. A legendary bringer of gifts on the eve of...
Oprah Winfrey snow globe

Oprah Winfrey snow globe

Apart from losing my job this morning, my biggest disappointment was that Steve Dahl never got around to reading Christopher Borrelli’s outstanding Tribune story about the amazing and wondrous Oprah Winfrey Show snow globe, available at the Oprah Winfrey store....
Empire Fish Company: Milwaukee fish and seafood market

Empire Fish Company: Milwaukee fish and seafood market

Empire Fish Company 11200 W Watertown Plank Rd Milwaukee, WI 53226 (414) 259-1330 www.EmpireFish.com There are two kinds of people in the world, and we spent Christmas Eve morning with our own. The other kind wince and whine when passing the seafood case in the...
Pierogi recipes from my mom: Pierogi dough & fillings

Pierogi recipes from my mom: Pierogi dough & fillings

As a Chicago-born guy of Polish descent, these pierogi recipes have always been central to my Christmas holiday. The humble pierogi is Poland’s take on the ubiquitous filled noodle dumpling, enjoyed elsewhere as ravioli or kreplach or pelmeni or jiaozi (pot...
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