Long Lay The World

Every Christmas season I generally approach with equal portions joy, holiday spirit, stress, and disappointment.  The first two explain themselves; the latter two are more related to the gift ritual and unfortunate embedding of an allegedly snowy holiday during a time of year where snow is relatively rare. This year things mostly still smack of…

Illinois is okay, I guess.

I was born in Illinois. I’ve lived my entire life here. Chances are good I’ll end my days being an Illinois resident, barring some changes in the next 8-9 years. I don’t know how that makes me feel. At least not yet. When I was a kid, we had to do an exercise – draw…