Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Elf classic

Deep in the archives of a Hollywood studio, this trailer of dancing elves was discovered. They look somewhat familiar.
Click this link and enjoy!

Monday, December 29, 2008

More photos discovered

I am one month and three days from my self-imposed (well, it's now on my publishing contract) deadline to submit the manuscript, photos, captions and release forms for my Ray Schalk biography. I think I will make it, but it will be a busy time.

The other day, while working up captions, I came across some additional photos on the Library of Congress web site. Either I missed them on my previous visit(s), or the LOC has added more images, many of which are copyright-free.

Here is one of the few game action shots of Ray Schalk I've seen. He is waiting at home plate to congratulate Johnny Mostil upon scoring a run in Washington. The year was 1925.
Mostil’s failed suicide attempt during spring training in 1927 added unexpected drama to Schalk’s first year as White Sox manager. Mostil recovered but played just one complete season afterward. He left the team in early 1929.

(Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division,
National Photo Company Collection, LC-F8- 36908.)

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Yes you, Carl!

I'm not prone to taking photos in men's rooms, but I couldn't resist using my phone's camera after seeing with this sign on the inside of the rest room door at a Subway in Illinois.

I wonder when Carl last used the rest room.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Blagojevich film parody a hit

I have no claim to ownership on this video. A friend directed me to it on YouTube.
Apparently, the credit goes to Chicago TV host Marcus Leshock (real name? Hmmmm.)

You have to laugh to keep from crying, right?

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Asleep while on duty

Claire's parents had a holiday party to attend, so Ma and Pop hosted a sleepover for our favorite 2-year-old.

Claire demonstrated her amazing skills at working puzzles and her slightly expanding vocabulary, which includes "Yes, Ma'am" and "Yes, uh-huh."

Shortly after snapping this photo (using his phone) Pop demonstrated his skill at falling asleep on the sofa. Good thing Ma was on the job, or else Claire would have had to have put herself to bed.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Cheap Trick opens new casino

Madame X and I were guests of the Diamond Jo Casino, which tonight unveiled its brand-new land-based casino. The massive facility replaced the permanently moored riverboat.

Casino officials booked Cheap Trick to play its Mississippi Moon bar and 800-seat auditorium. It was a fun show and a great night.

Though we are not gamblers, I can foresee us taking in other shows at the Diamond Jo. And the casino will host lots of well-known acts.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Chicago getaway

Madame X and I just returned from an enjoyable "getaway" weekend in Chicago. The short summary: Fun. Shopping. Walking. Restaurants. Museum. Walking. Cold. Walking.

Four years ago, we enjoyed a fabulous dinner at Rick Bayless' Frontera Grill, 445 N. Clark, rated as one of the best restaurants anywhere. Our next several visits, we made attempts to return. But Frotera doesn't take reservations, and waiting two hours -- literally -- for a table is not for us. At noon Saturday, after Round 1 of shopping, we found ourselves walking in the neighborhood of Frontera Grill. Well, the wait for a table would be an hour, we were told, but we could see if there were chairs at the bar, where patrons also could receive food service. Turns out, we got the last two and enjoyed a great Mexican lunch.

Dinner on Saturday was at another place we have enjoyed previously, Volare, 201 East Grand. A friend from 30-plus years ago and his wife joined us, and we had a great time. Volare took reservations (made Tuesday) and had our table ready at the appointed (early) hour. The food was excellent, the staff attentive and professional, etc. The place was packed -- and rather noisy -- but it was a good-natured crowd.

Sunday found us at the Art Institute of Chicago, where we saw an amazing exhibition of centuries-old textiles, some maps from Daniel Burnham's plan for Chicago 100 years ago, the French impressionists, photography (including a half-dozen images by Edward S. Curtis, whose collection in Dubuque raised a local furor a few months ago) and of course Grant Wood's famous American Gothic.

Other details. Metra commuter train between Elgin and Chicago ($5 each for both days of the weekend). Swissotel (thank you, Hotwire) and no weather-related problems (though the cold and wind were a challenge).

And that's how I spent my winter vacation.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Worst dive ever!

It has been a couple of years since I hung up my whistle after a dozen years of officiating soccer. I never worked any World Cup matches, and I missed my share of decisions. But I think I could return to the pitch tomorrow and recognize this play for what it is -- a blatant dive by a player. An attacker offside, no less.

Incredibly, the referee rewarded the offender with a penalty kick (unfortunately, successful). Instead, the attacker should have received a yellow card (caution) for simulating a foul.

And the defenders should have received an indirect free kick coming out, not be forced to stand by and watch as they give up a cheap goal on a PK .

What do you think?

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Superintendent search: Who cares?

The good news is that turnout at Day 2 of the public forum to guide the search firm helping recruit the next Dubuque schools superintendent jumped 14 percent compared to the Day 1 attendance.

The bad news is that the 14 percent increase represented one person.

Just shows how one may accurately report statistics but mask the real facts.

The fact is that seven people attended the first evening's program, on Monday. Even with a story in the next day's paper, reminding that Day 2 would be that night, turnout zoomed up to eight.

To the shock and horror of the Telegraph Herald reporter covering the event, I was one of the seven. I'll confess that I probably would not have made it had I not received a separate letter inviting me -- they had the idea that I am a community leader -- to participate.

The turnout contrasted greatly with the overflow crowds that showed up earlier this year when the superintendent (John Burgart, who is retiring at the end of the school year) and school board wrestled with redistricting, proposed closure of a pre-school program and closure of the alternative high school.

Maybe organizers of this week's listening sessions should have stated the meeting would be about raising taxes or closing their neighborhood school. People care about that. The next superintendent? Who cares? Nobody -- until an issue that upsets them emerges.

Friday, November 28, 2008

50 years before Jackie Robinson ...

Who was the first non-white baseball player in the major leagues?

No, it was not Jackie Robinson (1947), who actually was not even the first black in big-league baseball. (Robinson was the first after the so-called color line was drawn.)

The man holding the distinction was Louis "Chief" Sockalexis, who played for Cleveland in the 19th century. The troubled man, whose alcoholism ruined his sports career and his life, might have been the inspiration for the nickname of Cleveland's team, the Indians.

Baseball historian has written an interesting biography of Sockalexis for the Society for American Baseball Research.

What recession?

It's Black Friday, the name assigned to the day after Thanksgiving, when retailers open extra-early and hope to fill their ledgers with black ink on Christmas gift sales.

On my regular drive to meet up with my running partner(s) at 5:15 this morning, I took note of the parking lots at several retail locations. My eyewitness report:

Kennedy Mall: Full.
Shopko: Full.
Staples: Full.

I'm not saying it was hard for shoppers to find a parking place. I'm saying full, as in the last space in the farthest reaches of the lot was occupied. (The photo above is just a representation -- if it were daylight and if I had a helicopter.)

Mind you, I did not enter any of those stores; shopping on Black Friday is for professional shoppers only.

The headline on today could be "Recession takes a holiday."

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Birthday, Ellen!

Ellen was in town for Thanksgiving, and that gave us a chance to celebrate her birthday here.

We calculated that one big candle was worth a couple dozen of those puny ones. For those of you keeping score, Ellen managed to extinguish the flame on her second first puff.

Happy birthday, Ellen!

Turkey Trot 2008

For the past dozen years or so, Thanksgiving for the Cooper Family starts with the annual Turkey Trot at Wahlert Catholic High School. A low-key event with races of 2½ and 7½ miles, the Wahlert Turkey Trot has continued to increase in participation. It's sort of a reunion for the running community. Word was that today's race attracted a record 1,200 runners.

After sitting out the previous two Thanksgiving races due to injuries, and battling a pesky leg problem this fall, my goals for today's race were simple:
1) Run the 2½ miler.
2) Finish said 2½ miler.

Mission accomplished! I didn't run much harder than I do in my morning workouts -- partly because of the shuffling mass of runners the first mile -- but I was able to pick up the pace in the last 1½ miles and finished. My card said I was the 85th male finisher, and I was somewhere around 8th-12th in my age group.

The top finisher in our contingent (there were seven of us, including Ellen's boyfriend) was son-in-law Will, who finished around sixth in the 7½-miler. Talk about running in fast company!

I was a better runner than photographer today. But I did get these shots:

I probably could win a photojournalism award someplace for the mood,
symbolism, use of light and shadow, etc. In actuality, the camera hesitated to focus
while I tried to get a shot of Madame X finishing her race,
and this is what was there when the shutter activated.

The under-dressed Greg ran the 7½-mile event
with a friend and had plenty left at the finish.

With Claire (not shown) cheering her Mom on, Kate (and ?) finish the 2½-miler.

Next Turkey Trot: Thursday, November 26, 2009!

Monday, November 24, 2008


Cathy, Mike and Steve

Jamie and Cindi

For many years, the Friday before Thanksgiving is when Telegraph Herald employees ring the kettle bell for the Salvation Army.

Bell-ringing 2008 featured cool but manageable weather outside the "old" Hy-Vee on Dodge Street.

Here are a couple of photos featuring colleagues who preceded and followed my shift at the kettle.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Going Dutch

In my baseball biography research, I spend hour after hour poring over digitized newspaper pages. They are accessed and searched via the Internet.

Some of the more interesting stuff I see is not information I was seeking.

For example, while trying to piece together information about Ray Schalk's Buffalo Bisons of 1936, I bumped the article appeared. It appeared in The Sporting News of Oct. 1, 1936.

OK, let's guess how many people predicted that the young broadcaster in Des Moines would one day be U.S. president. That's right: Exactly the number of World Series won by the Cubs the past 100 years.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Shake those sillies out

Claire is attending to a kids program at Carnegie-Stout Public Library, where she is learning some games, including the dance steps to the Raffi song, "Shake My Sillies Out."

On Saturday, she gave Ma and Pop a demonstration. And, of course, no games are complete without Ring Around the Rosie.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Wine lovers tout Dubuque area vintners

Two Dubuque area wineries, Park Farm and Stone Cliff, have received nice mentions in Dan and Krista Stockman's wine column in the Fort Wayne (Ind.) Journal Gazette.

Turns out that the authors came to Iowa for a wedding, and they decided to make a mini-vacation out of it. They found their way to Park Farm and Stone Cliff, and made them the centerpiece of their weekly column for the Indiana newspaper.

Businesses and communities can go all-out with big promotional and advertising budgets, but I'm of the opinion that unsolicited testimonials and mentions such as these provide invaluable, albeit incremental, boosts to local tourism.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Happy birthday, Claire!

Claire's second birthday is today, but the celebration took place on Saturday. Ellen and her boyfriend Adam visited from Des Moines and took part in the celebration.

Coming the day after Halloween, the celebration had Claire pretty wound up. Apologies in advance for the background music. I know it's over-done, but my music library is limited.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Vintage baseball video

Fellow members of the Society for American Baseball Research called my attention to a film montage posted on YouTube showing various scenes from the game's Deadball Era.

It included a short clip of the subject of my next biography, the Chicago White Sox' Ray Schalk, successfully executing a squeeze bunt during the 1919 World Series. (This, of course, was the Black Sox series, after which eight White Sox players were banned for life for conspiring to lose the series to the Cincinnati Reds. Schalk was probably the first honest player to suspect the fix was occurring.)

This is a video you might want to watch several times. Each time, you might note another little aspect of the game. Compare the condition of the fields, even in a World Series, to today's manicured diamonds. The uniforms. The attire and enthusiasm of the fans. The advertisements on the outfield walls. And on and on.

Thanks to InitialNoticeBlack for posting this and other rare baseball film clips.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Scenes from Halloween 2008

Granddaughter Claire, wondering what this holiday is all about.

No, that is not a real dragon. It is Claire in costume. Originally, she thought she was a cat.

Below, visitors to the Coopers' front door. The unseasonably warm and pleasant evening had trick-or-treaters out in such numbers that a dash to the supermarket was necessary to replenish the "treats" basket. However, in the interim, after the candy ran out, the kids didn't seem to mind receiving quarters.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

First sleepover

Claire's parents had a social engagement, and so it happened that Claire had her first overnight without them.

Madame X and I had the honors of hosting the sleepover. The evening meal was a pancake supper, for which Claire assisted with the preparation.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Variety shows

Saturday afternoon and evening included a wide range of music.

Late afternoon, Madame X and I visited the Warehouse, where local band BlackBloom was among the groups playing at a Rocktober fundraiser for autism. A couple of members were friends with our younger daughter during high school and beyond. When member Brandon Hagen last weekend told us about Rocktober, we were glad it fit into our schedule.

Now, it might hurt BlackBloom's image if this gets around but this 50-something Grandpa enjoyed BlackBloom. They play with lots of energy, and they perform lots of original material. OK, so I might turn down the amplifiers a notch or two, but what can you expect at an event called Rocktober.

I was pleasantly surprised and impressed with one of the few (only?) cover songs in BlackBloom's set -- "Not Fade Away." That a group of 20-somethings perform a song that was first recorded 51 years ago tells me that they appreciate rock history. Sure, it was a more powerful and contemporary arrangement of the Buddy Holly number, a song covered many times over the years, but this oldies fan enjoyed hearing what a 21st century band did with it.

That evening, Madame X and I dined with friends at L. May and took in music of a different sort. The Bell Tower Theater presented Babes in Hollywood: The Music of Judy Garland & Mickey Rooney. The four-member cast was made up of members of the Slade Family of Dubuque: music teachers Steve and Teresa and two of their children, Andrew and Jillian.
The run concludes today.

After being among the oldest audience members at Rocktober, Madame X and I were among the youngest at the Bell Tower. What conclusions can be drawn about that?

Saturday, October 11, 2008

My link to terrorist

In the newsroom the other day, we were discussing the most famous (or notorious) people we "know."

My usual contribution is usually Bobby Rahal, winner of the Indianapolis 500 in 1986, who sat next to me in Study Hall when I was a freshman. A sophomore, he spent the hour, day after day, doodling pictures of race cars.

There was another connection that I had forgotten. However, as we get closer to Election Day, I am reminded every day of my link to William Ayers (right).

I realize that this revelation will put me on some list or another, but in the interest of full disclosure -- and since I haven't posted for nearly a week -- I will provide some details.

Sometime in the early 1960s (probably 1963-66), I met Bill Ayers in his parents' home. He was the older brother of one of my grade-school friends in suburban Chicago. I encountered him only a time or two, because he was 10 years older and away at college (where he was helping form Students for a Democratic Society or some such). However, I do remember that it was through Bill Ayers that I first saw a Peace Sign button; he explained to us pre-teens what it stood for.

Within a couple of years, Bill Ayers became nationally known as a fugitive member of the Weather Underground. From time to time, as middle-schoolers with time to kill, we would go into the Post Office and look at his Wanted poster. Weird.

Years later, Ayers surfaced, became a professor and (pick one) acquaintance/associate/co-conspirator with Barack Obama. Meanwhile, I haven't seen his brother John -- we gravitated to different circles in high school -- but once in 35 years, at our high school reunion more than 15 years ago.

End of story.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Wait 'til next century

The imposters posing as the Chicago Cubs, the team that posted the best regular-season record in the National League, rolled over for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night, thus assuring that it will be more than 100 years between World Series titles for the North Siders.

Losing is one thing. But looking inept doing it is quite another.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Down but not (yet) out

My favorite team, the Chicago Cubs, are on the verge of their second early exit from the National League Divisional Series. Not only did they lose the first two games of the best-of-five series -- at home, no less -- to the Dodgers, they looked bad doing it. (Last year, they were swept out of the post-season by Arizona.)

The Cubs looked like anything but the team that racked up the best record in the National League.

Can they turn it around? Can they win three straight -- the first two on the road?

As someone who observed the collapse of 1969, the collapse of 1984, the whimper of 1989, the collapse of 2003, I struggle to muster any optimism.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Rivers to the sea

Claire and her dad check out the rattlesnakes

Madame X with First Mate Claire aboard the dredge Wm. M. Black

Claire at the helm of the Black: A reluctant pilot.

Museum director Jerry Enzler views the monitor linked to the kiosk

Saturday morning, the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium unveiled a new kiosk exhibit dedicated to oceans. I was pleased to attend the opening.

Wait a minute! What do rivers have to do with oceans? Everything, it turns out. Billions of gallons of the Mississippi flow into the Gulf of Mexico every hour. Other rivers and streams flow into the Mississippi. Well, you get the idea.

The river museum in Dubuque, which opened five years ago, is an affiliate of the Smithsonian.
The touch-screen video kiosk opened simultaneously (actually, an hour or so before) the opening of the Sant Ocean Hall at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History.

Madame X and I were joined by Claire and her parents. After the breakfast program and unveiling of the kiosk, we toured the museum, where the current featured exhibit is Venom, featuring venomous (not poisonous!) creatures, including the chance to get up close and personal with rattlesnakes.

The museum plans bigger and better things in the next couple of years, nearly doubling its size. Hard to imagine an experience that is twice as good as what Dubuque now offers.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Anybody got tickets?

I'm shocked -- yes, shocked -- that my entry was not drawn at random to buy playoff tickets for Chicago Cubs home games next month.

I entered online for the chance to purchase tickets for one of the first-round games at Wrigley Field. The Cubs sent me an e-mail stating I didn't win; I think they were shocked, too.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Faber and Schalk contribute in '17 clincher

Boston Globe, Sept. 22, 1917

The blog White Sox Journal reminds us that 91 years ago today, the Chicagoans wrapped up the American League pennant in dramatic fashion.

Key players for the victors were the subjects of my past and future books.

Ray Schalk, whose biography I am currently writing, hit a double and scored the go-ahead run in the 10th inning in Boston.

Red Faber, the subject of my first book, pitched all 10 innings and ended the game by inducing Babe Ruth to hit into a double play.

Go Cubs Go!

The Chicago Cubs have won the National League Central division title for the second straight year. This is the first time they won back-to-back anything in, well, a century.

One of the Cubs' youngest fans is Claire, who, her mother pointed out, has only known the Cubs as winners. Claire arrived after the 2006 season, and has been around for the division titles of 2007 and now 2008.

She must be their good-luck charm.

Art and music in the Warehouse

William Elliott Whitmore

David Zollo

Saturday night's activity was Voices from the Warehouse District the annual art exhibit in a huge, vacant warehouse at 10th and Jackson. (The facility was last occupied by Eagle Window and Door. )

This is the fourth autumn the exhibit has been presented as an off-site exhibition of the Dubuque Museum of Art. The title of this year's show is Metamorphosis.

As usual, there was artwork I enjoyed and some that I couldn't figure out. Interesting. (Interesting how some of it is considered art.)

The evening also featured Iowa musicians William Elliott Whitmore and David Zollo, playing solo and also collaborating on many numbers. Talented and entertaining.

The exhibition continues through October 5.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Dick Locher: One of the nice guys

The highlight of my Friday (or week, or month) was spending a couple of hours with Dick Locher, Dubuque native and winner of the1983 Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartoons. Locher also writes and draws the comic serial Dick Tracy. Locher has been with the Chicago Tribune for 39 years -- not bad for a second career.

For someone in his late 70s -- or anyone, for that matter --Locher maintains an incredible schedule, cranking out cartoons and enough Dick Tracy episodes to cover 365 days a year. And he still loves it!

Here is a link to a gallery of his recent editorial cartoons.

We visited over lunch at Star, the restaurant along the riverfront, and talked about our favorite subject, newspapers.

Friday night was the artist's reception at the Dubuque Museum of Art for Dick's exhibition, "Politics as Usual: Political Cartoons by Dick Locher." It continues through November 9. There, Madame X and I met Dick's lovely wife, Mary, who is also a native of Dubuque. (She revealed they met on a blind date while she was attending Clarke College.)

I've written this before and I'll do it again here: In a business where people seem to become more arrogant and aloof the larger their newspaper's circulation, Dick Locher remains as friendly, supportive and genuine as they come. We're proud that he is from Dubuque.

Monday, September 15, 2008

History repeated -- nearly! (Corrected)

Ernie Koob -- May 5, 1917

Bob Groom -- May 6, 1917

Update/correction to what is posted below: Groom's no-hitter came in the second game of a doubleheader on May 6. So, there was one game (an 8-4 Browns victory) between the tainted no-hitter by Koob and the gem by Groom. So, the no-hitters came on consecutive days but not consecutive games. (An added note: Groom pitched two hitless innings to close that first contest of May 6, so he had 11 no-hit innings that day.) I have it right in the Red Faber biography; I just didn't read it carefully enough! Apologies!


The Chicago Cubs nearly made baseball history today by having a pitcher throw a no-hitter one game after a teammate tossed a no-no.

Sunday night, Carlos Zambrano no-hit the Astros in Milwaukee (where the teams were sent after Hurricane Ike prevented their series from being played in Houston).

This afternoon, Ted Lilly almost did it himself. He didn't surrender a hit until the start of the seventh inning, giving the Cub fans in Wrigley Field North plenty of time to consider the stunning possibilities. Then the Chicago relief corps held the Astros hitless, sending Houston on their way with a single hit in 18 innings of baseball.

Shortly after the game, someone at our Page One meeting asked whether a team ever had no-hitters in consecutive games.

My hours of research on Deadball Era baseball finally paid off. I told them about two members of the St. Louis Browns, who stymied the Chicago White Sox on consecutive days. I also mentioned the unusual feature of the first game, where the official scorer after the game changed a hit to an error, thus creating a belated no-hitter. The change occurred so late that morning newspapers across the U.S. reported it as a one-hitter. (I recalled that it was in the 1920s, but it occurred May 5 and May 6, 1917.) Ernie Koob was the beneficiary of the hometown scorer, 1-0, while Bob Groom the next day blanked the White Sox, 3-0.

No other team has ever had no-hitters in back-to-back games. Keep in mind, however, that this was during the Deadball Era, when low-scoring games were the norm. Koob and Groom were the third and fourth pitchers to throw no-hitters in a three-week period on 1917.

There was another no-hitter the following month -- where Babe Ruth issued a disputed walk, got himself immediately ejected by the umpire and watched Ernie Shore retire the next 27 batters in order for a no-hitter (and nearly a perfect game).

Until Zambrano on Sunday night, the last Cubs no-hitter occurred in September 2, 1972. Milt Pappas lost a perfect game on the 27th batter when umpire Bruce Froemming called Ball Four on a 3-2 pitch! Pappas settled down and retired the next hitter to "salvage" a no-hitter.

Wonder what the next Cubs starter, Ryan Dempster, will do Tuesday against the Brewers.

Photos: Bain Collection, Library of Congress

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Spokes4Folks II

After attending a couple of Iowa Newspaper Association-related events Thursday and Friday in Des Moines, I continued heading west, to Omaha, home of my siblings and (during springs and summers) my Dad.

The visit coincided with the second annual Spokes4Folks charity bike ride. It is headed by my brother-in-law Shawn Ovenden, with an able and dedicated assist from his wife, my sister Nancy. The official sponsor is the Men's Club at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Elkhorn (formerly west of Omaha but recently annexed into the Big City.)

The event was not a race (thank goodness) but just a ride. Fortunately, Friday's rain gave way to partly cloudy by the start of the ride (after a pancake breakfast) at 9 Saturday morning.

My brother Kevin and I rode the event together as a "team." We intended to ride the 26-mile route, but out on the road Kevin talked me into following the 32-mile route instead. After all, with a strong headwind blowing at you, why not add on six miles.

Proceeds from Saturday's event will go the Siena/Francis House, Christian Outreach Program - Elkhorn, and the St. Patrick's Men's Club.

Last year's beneficiary of Spokes4Folks was Kathy Sprague, who broke her neck in an April 2007 auto accident. During her initials months of rehab, her doctors held out no hope that she would ever leave her wheelchair. Shawn organized Spokes4Folks to help raise money for her physical therapy. Well, it turns out that Kathy's doctors were wrong. Not only did she regain her ability to walk, she attended Saturday's event. Not only did she attend -- she even rode a short distance! Truly inspiring.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Claire and Monty

Madame X and I were Sunday dinner guests at Claire's new house in Dubuque. (They have lived there a week.) While her parents were preparing the meal, we went for a walk in the neighborhood, where Claire made the acquaintance of Monty the Cat.

Friday, September 05, 2008

(Assistant) Professor Kate

This morning, on the final day of my staycation, I visited daughter Kate at her office and lab at Loras College, where she is a new member of the Biology faculty. It was my first visit since she arrived on campus.

I found her between lectures, charting her students' performance on their first quiz of the semester. I think everyone passed.