Tag Archives: Chicago

Spencer from Sydney

It was 1971, late summer or early fall, and in my memory the day is cast in an amber kind of glow, all warm hues and soft edges. I was twenty years old, a college dropout, still snagged on some … Continue reading

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It feels so odd to say it now, but I once lived in Chicago. I moved there in 1971 to be with the medical student who was my first husband, and although I left repeatedly, it was something of a home … Continue reading

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Painting the Floor Blue

In 1971 I moved into a basement apartment in Chicago with my then-husband, who was a medical student.  The floors were covered with ugly carpeting installed by the previous tenants, and they told us that if we wanted the rug to stay, we had … Continue reading

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Office Spaces

The other day I was listening to a discussion of a book called Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace by Nikil Saval.  It traces the evolution of the modern workplace as economies shifted from agriculture to industry to information-based, … Continue reading

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Cyd and I Were Young Together

Cydnie and I were young together. We met in Chicago in the fall of 1971, a pair of low ranking clerical assistants in a shiny office building on Wacker Drive. Cyd was taking the semester off from college to help … Continue reading

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