The 20 Best Desserts in Chicago

From humble to haute, these sweets deliver pure pleasure. I've been missing Chicago for a long time now. Southern California is great for the weather, the beaches, and the mountains. That's been enough to keep me here, but I miss Chicago's sports scene, its...

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Small Children and Smart Phones

A few days ago I watched a child, about six, reach into her little purse, pull out an iPhone, sit on a store shelf and she started playing Angry Birds. For quite awhile I've been appalled by the number of small children with surprisingly expensive phones they use more as toys than as communication devices. When a child is given a phone to keep in touch with parents, that's a good thing. Add texting and that can be okay, but does a child really need any...

A friend explained to me why parents get smart p

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Gravestone Epithets and Epitaphs

I look in many places for inspiration and save all sorts of interesting and odd things that I look at every now and then when I need to motivate my muse. I don’t know where I found this. I have a bad habit of finding things on the Internet and saving them, but not adding a citation so I’ll know where it came from if I ever decide to use it for something other than my amusement... read more

The Witch and the Ice Cream

He looked at me, but didn’t say anything, didn’t even act like he knew who I was. That made me wonder if maybe she was a witch and she did something to them and she was taking them home to cook them. That’s what witches do to kids you know. If the kid’s lucky, the witch will make them a slave and make them wash dirty witch stuff. Usually, the kid isn’t lucky and gets stuffed in a big oven, the size of a pizza oven, only the witch isn’t making pizza. read more

Prompt: The Night Before Halloween

From your bedroom window, you can see an abandoned old house. You’ve walked past it many times before. Once it was a beautiful house, but now the roof sags, the paint is peeling, the windows are boarded up and all your friends say... read more

Did Someone Release 1,000 Monkeys in a Room?

This story was found on Yahoo this morning and I had to watch the video in order to understand the story. I thought this was written by a foreigner. Periods are misplaced. Sentences are incomplete. Commas don't exist where commas should be. What does "Ten Stastny that...

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Memoir Monday: Gleason

There have been about ten dogs in my life that have been important to me, but none more important than three Shelties, Rappahonack (our first Sheltie, my daughter's dog), Lujack and Gleason (two Shelties I got at the same time). Gleason was the spunkiest of the three,...

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Radio and Other Bloopers

This blooper video brought back memories of terror, embarrassment, and laughter. Having worked off and on for more than 20 years in broadcasting, mostly as a radio announcer and newsperson, I'm well aware of how embarrassingly funny a blooper can be, especially when...

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Monday Memoir: The Wart

I entered two memoirs in the Ventura Writer's Club Memoir Contest. One, Baker, took the second place prize. This one, The Wart, did not win any prize. In a way, I'm glad it didn't. As it is, it isn't a true memoir, because I made up what happened after I was sent out...

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Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss was a little afraid of children. He was always thinking: "What might they do next? He also feared public appearances because Theodore Roosevelt once bellowed, “What’s this little boy doing here?”. read more

The Sayings of Caledon Pritz


"Maybe you're waiting for closure, even though you've already gotten it." ~ Caledon Pritz


"Life's a waste of time." ~ Caledon


"If no one applauds when you walk on stage, does that mean you aren't there?" ~ Caledon Pritz

Being Old

"A man is not old until his ears are too big for his head." ~ Caledon


"If you're not building your own dreams, then whose are you building?" ~ Caledon Pritz

For Some

"For some life is a catastrophe, for others it is merely an apostrophe." ~ Caledon Pritz

Look Out…

"Be careful Mrs. Butterworth, things could get a bit sticky around here." ~ Caledon Pritz


"Don't let the past steal your gifts." ~ Caledon Pritz

Caviar or Peanut Butter

"A $200 ounce of caviar is no more filling that a 20¢ ounce of peanut butter." ~ Caledon Pritz

The Day

"Either you run the day, or you run away." ~ Caledon


"Yesterday might have been terrible, but stop fretting about it. You made it to today, and that's good." ~ Caledon Pritz


"A difficult thing about life is letting things be what they are rather than trying to make them what you want them to be" ~ Caledon Pritz

Life… Again

"Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% what happens to you, or is it the other way around?" ~ Caledon Pritz

Funny Thing

"Funny, but the more I worry about what other people think, the more I become somebody else." ~ Caledon Pritz


"Faith is the art of holding on to things in spite of your changing moods and circumcision." ~ Caledon Pritz


No matter how bad the problem, a little guilt can always make it worse.”  ~ Caledon Pritz


"There are few things more gratifying than a credit card to put off till tomorrow what you can pay for today." ~ Caledon


"Not all those who wonder will be lost." ~ Caledon


"I'm not cynical... I just don't like a lot of things, so shut up about it, alright." ~ Caledon


"Recent studies have shown that nine out of every ten Americans think they're the one in ten with the right answer." ~ Caledon


"Three is an especially large number when all you have is two." ~ Caledon 



"The public will believe any lie, as long as you stick it in the middle of something they want." ~ Caledon


"Life is the mirror which reflects what we expect to see when we look into it." ~ Caledon


"The best time to decide to learn another language is when the voices in your head become crystal clear." ~ Caledon


"You're less likely to lose an argument if you keep your mouth shut." ~ Caledon


"A crack in the pavement goes nowhere in particular." ~ Caledon


"Thinking we learn from our mistakes is often a mistake." ~ Caledon

The Real Me

"I just realized, long ago I should have hired someone else to write my inner monologue." ~ Caledon


"Realism is... but is it?" Caledon

It Wasn’t Me!

"Recent studies have shown that nine out of every ten Americans think it was one of the other nine." ~ Caledon

Best Foot Forward

"Standing on the edge of a cliff is not the best place to put your best foot forward." ~ Caledon Pritz


"I have no enemy's, which is a shame. It makes it so difficult to insult anybody." ~ Caledon Pritz

Chicago Style

"The worst thing about being a vegetarian is that sometimes I get a craving for something disgustingly delicious like a Chicago Style Hot dog and Tofu dogs just AREN'T Chicago." ~ Caledon Pritz


"Today's weather is as beautiful as a well tuned kazoo!" ~ Caledon Pritz


"Heard this while in line at the grocery store, 'It's okay if  you disagree with me, but why would you want to?'" ~ Caledon Pritz

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A Going Crazy Two

Sitting here reading It’s been two pages And I don’t remember a word I am with you As if walking As if I’ve said all I can say As if I love you As if that’s not enough Not anymore I don’t know what you want me to say I don’t know how to go […]

Pulling Beauty From

The tolerant hairstyle is recent hiding some of her frumpiness but it does some justice to this grumpy mean-cold woman who mumbles distant curses A gone dry long ago river smiling she admires herself in the grocery store window roughly removing a stray hair as she approves of the look With wrinkles like trenches protecting […]

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