Monthly Archives: June 2021

BIRDSONG

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RIDERS ON THE STORM

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CHRISTMAS IN JUNE

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HOME SWEET HOME, CHICAGO

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THE WRITING LIFE.2

Life with Charley:The Writing Life, part two by Charles McKelvy So, we left my writing life last time at the formative stage.That would have been in 1969, when I became a published writer in my Chicago neighborhood’s weekly newspaper, The … Continue reading

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THE WRITING LIFE, part one

Life with Charley:The Writing Life, part oneby Charles McKelvy To paraphrase Eric Idle in the 1983 film classic, “Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life,” “And so I became a writer.”Eric Idle, so you know, was speaking of becoming a waiter. … Continue reading

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SUN-DAPPLED DUNES

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TOP O’ THE MORNIN’

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DAY OF THE DONUT

So, there we were—Mark Barrett and Yours Truly—heading west on Dunes Highway in Burns Harbor, Indiana, when what should appear before us but a gray squirrel. We were on our way to the Monastery of the Holy Cross for Sunday … Continue reading

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YOU CAN GO BACK!

Who says you can’t go back? I, for one, plan on going back to the neighborhood of my early childhood, South Shore, this very day. I passed through the eponymous Chicago neighborhood two weeks ago on the way to the … Continue reading

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LOOK! NO GLASSES!!!

I had my final check-up at Great Lakes Eye Care last week and was told in no uncertain terms that I do not need glasses. Not for reading, not for nuthin’. Well, except non-prescription sunglasses. We all should wear those, … Continue reading

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SHOPPING TRIP

We needed some more vegan kimchi, and friends wanted 15 pounds of brown rice, so we headed out to Berrien Springs, Mich. Thursday afternoon for a bit of shopping at the Oriental Supermarket. We enjoyed the drives there and back, … Continue reading

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MONKEY SHINES

BARKHOUSE MONKEYFlash Fictionby Charles McKelvy Pete Barkhouse bought himself a monkey.As a pet mind you.This was back in the late 1950s when you could do such a thing in the Midwest.Large numbers of so-called squirrel monkeys were imported to the … Continue reading

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PRESSING ON

The Dunery Press presses on. Meaning that Natalie and I are continuing to write and send our writing to readers. We’re just not publishing conventional books, as we began doing in 1988 when we formed the press for the express … Continue reading

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GREAT SEATS IN 509

The White Sox have beaten the Tigers, two Sundays in a row. Yesterday in Detroit, and last Sunday in Chicago. My good friend Joe Rochetto and I were privileged to cheer the White Sox to victory at the June 6 … Continue reading

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SOMETHING TO CROW ABOUT

We have renewed our acquaintance with long-time reader, Lisa Quinlan. In exchange for some of our recent writing, Lisa sent her painting of a crow. Hmmm, I’ve been looking for an illustrator. Meanwhile, enjoy Lisa’s portrait of a crow.

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LIGHT TRAIL

Friday’s 18-mile bike ride was all about following a trail of light from our house on sun-dappled Dune Road to and through Warren Dunes State Park and back to our house on sun-dappled Dune Road. The misty afternoon sun was … Continue reading

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STILL LIFE

This could be a painting. If only I could find my brushes. Ah, there they are. Now where’s the paint?

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THE SHADOW KNOWS

Flyboy basks in the morning sun after his appointment with his groomer. We could make a rug with all the hair we’re brushing out of him.

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WALKING WITH JESUS

(Monastery of the Holy Cross, Chicago) We took a walk with Jesus this past Sunday, as part of the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. Also known as Corpus Christi, the solemnity often sees Catholics on … Continue reading

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LAKE SHORE DRIVE

(Chicago, IL) My good buddy Joe Rochetto and I took a road trip to the Windy City on Sunday for Corpus Christi festivities at the Monastery of the Holy Cross and then a walk to the White Sox to watch … Continue reading

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MORNING GLORY

Another glorious morning in what we call Beauty Land.

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BIKE BREAK

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FURTHER ADVENTURES IN GOOD MUSIC

(Chicago, Ill.) Some six years ago, or so, my teacher Jason Gresl sent me off to Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago for master classes in clarinet. And thus I was thrilled to see the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s John Bruce Yeh … Continue reading

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ADVENTURE IN GOOD MUSIC

(Kalamazoo, Mich.) A few years back, at the behest of my most excellent clarinet teacher Jason Gresl, I drove over to the Celery City to hear clarinet legend Anthony McGill in concert with Pacifica Quartet. They brilliantly performed Mozart and … Continue reading

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EYES ON THE PRIZE

Life with Charley:A New Look at Life in 2021by Charles McKelvy To paraphrase the great Jimmy Cliff: I can see clearly now that every day is a bright shining day.That’s because my eyesight took an amazing turn for the better … Continue reading

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FOGGY PHOTOS

Here are some images from my “Trains” folder of trains in the mist and/or snow:

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