Chicago Film Festival Preliminaries

I’m in Chicago, getting ready to cover the Chicago Film Festival. Today—a beautiful 80+ degree day, and probably the last of our Indian summer lovely weather—I took advantage of the great weather to dine outside on Wabash

Hot Air Balloons Launched in East Moline, Illinois, on Friday, September 27, 2014

We were cooking hamburgers on the grill on our outside deck about 6 p.m. on Friday, Saturday 27th, 2014, when a series of hot air balloons that were launched from the East Moline Fairgrounds sailed over our

2014 “I Heart Radio” Show in Las Vegas on Sept. 19, 2014

“Coldplay” performing at IHeartRadio Show 2014 in Vegas on 9/19.   The I Heart Radio show in Las Vegas on September 19 (Friday) was a star-studded affair, the fourth such gathering of the most popular artists performing

“The Birds” Scene Causes Granddaughters to Comment

The Birds in “The Final Victim” (Hellfire & Damnation III) This video was shot some time ago, while driving home from a trip to the Children’s Museum in Bettendorf, Iowa. It was shot on

New Orleans Trip, As Chilly Weather Heads In To Area

We’ve been back from New Orleans for approximately a week now—away from the stifling heat and humidity, but facing what appears to be an early fall. No “Indian Summer” days here. It was in the fifties Saturday

Quad City Symphony Pops Concert in LeClaire Park on September 6, 2014

Saturday, September 6th, the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, now celebrating its 100th anniversary, staged its annual Pops Concert with Michael Cavanaugh. Cavanaugh sang and played the songs of Billy Joel in the play “Movin’Out,”(which I saw in

New Orleans Labor Day Decadence Weekend, 2014

NOLA, Saturday, August 30, 2014: It’s just a couple of days past the nine-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and we are in New Orleans. The Big Easy. Nawlins. NOLA. Originally, I was to be on some small

2014 Emmy Predictions Two Days Before the Aug. 25 NBC Program

2014 Emmy Awards on NBC on Aug. 25th: Predictions from the Peanut Gallery As a dedicated television viewer (or, in this case, viewers) who once was assigned to write synopses of various network shows, I am offering

Dear Deer: Happy to Have You Here!

We live on a wooded lot in the Illinois Quad Cities, approximately one mile from the Mississippi River. Wildlife does exist on this border with Iowa, and, in our case, deer are sometimes seen strolling across the

Magritte Exhibit at Chicago Art Institute Brings the Surreal to the Windy City

Surrealism, to me, always meant Salvador Dali. I was blithely unaware of Magritte, the Belgian surrealist, until the movie “The Faith in Our Stars” screened and Shailene Woodley showed up in it wearing a tee shirt with