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Our “Art Class”

I’m posting three drawings here, and I’ll tell you how they came to be. My mom, Alys McDaniel, was here in Chicago visiting last week, and she, my wife Dorothy and I decided it’d be fun to go to an art class at the The Levy Center a few minutes away, in Evanston. Back in […]

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Volunteer Sunflower

This sunflower began growing in our backyard a couple summers ago, a volunteer. We’d planted sunflowers before, but this one just appeared. Generally a sunflower grows to, I don’t know, maybe six feet and has one or maybe two flowers, but this thing just kept growing and growing and sprouting more and more flowers. Eventually […]

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“He Flies”

Summer before last, I was playing guitar and looking out the window at the backyard. The thought drifted up in my mind: it’d been a couple years since I wrote a song, and could I even still do that? There was a little bird sitting on the cable line coming into the house. I started […]

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“A Sunny Day”

We’ve been having a lot of them, and I’m glad. I like them. But the title up there refers to a song of mine. (Available for download at Amazon and iTunes and everywhere else. The CD it’s on, About Time, is at http://www.cdbaby.com). I’m posting a video here of my wife Dorothy, our pal Alpha Stewart, […]

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Reading from Jimmy Stu Lives!

          I did a book reading last Wednseday on Chicago’s north side at Silvies, a comfy little club with two equal sides, the further of which is the music room, where I gave the reading. I’m gonna say right now that I don’t recall a better evening. People came from The Writers, my critique group, […]

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Playing At Custer Street

For a long time, Custer Street Fair in Evanston has marked a sort of unofficial start of summer for my wife Dorothy and me. We used to go to it every year, and then we got the idea to try and play at it, so we sent them a demo tape. To our delight they […]

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Remembering Gage Park (a review)

Remembering Gage Park by William P. Shunas; self-published through Xlibris; copyright 2010. Available at Barnes & Noble (www.bn.com), Amazon.com, and at http://www.Xlibris.com/Bookstore.  Paperback $15.00-20.00. Kindle edition $7.69              A fictional memoir, Remembering Gage Park  begins: “I was eight years old when I met   Connor. That was they day he nearly put out my eye. You […]

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Waitin’ For The Bus/Jesus Just Left Chicago

By the 1980’s Z Z Top’s new songs were almost novelty numbers. They still put down some pretty nice grooves and some hot licks, but most of their tunes were cutesy little ditties designed to work well with the goofy vidoes they were grinding out for MTV. If anybody looked down their nose at that, the band cried […]

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“I Saw Her Standing There”

Remember the first Beatles song you ever heard? I do. I was riding around on a Friday night in the early Sixties, and the record hop that came live from the Jaycee Civic Center in Paducah, Kentucky, across the river, was on the car radio. A couple reports had been in the news about this group called The […]

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THE FARM ON LEVEL SIX

   THE FARM ON LEVEL SIX                 On the sixth level—the top level–of Weiss Memorial Hospital’s parking garage there’s an urban farm of sorts. I heard about this from Jed Shenkier, my son-in-law, who’s involved in it. Jed’s very into to urban farming, city dwellers growing their own food. His enthusiasm stems partly from […]

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