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Saturday in Chicago

I spent an active day in Chicago yesterday.

Breakfast was at the Corner Bakery by my hotel. Then I took off for the Newberry Library and their magnificent exhibition about the 1893 Columbian Exposition here in Chicago.

I bought a few greeting cards too, then headed to the Art Institute. Since I have never done the whole Chinese collection, I spent most of my time there on Saturday. What a glorious permanent collection this is!

I met up with my friend Ramelle and two of her friends for a quick dinner and drinks at the Purple Pig, then went to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for their subscription concert Saturday evening. Michael Tilson Thomas conducted, with the second half being the heart-churning Symphony No. 6 by Tchaikovsky.

A quick late call with Yufei brought me back the hotel for a drink and a blog entry. And some Amazon time looking up books I saw today….

I also stopped by a few shops today, and have now a few extra [smaller] bags of goodies to bring home.

A year later

One year ago this morning, I packed my car with two suits and other clothes for a ten-day stay . . . and drove west via I-70 to my hometown.

The hospice nurse had told me the day before that I probably needed to be home sooner rather than later.

I arrived in early afternoon to find my father awake and responsive enough to know me and say “Hi, Son.” Later that day he sipped a bit of Pepsi and remarked on how good it was.

Those couple of days in bed and awake were restless ones for him. By Saturday he was sleeping soundly, no longer speaking, difficult to rouse.

By Sunday night, he was gone.


One year later, I’m headed to Chicago for a holiday weekend of glorious music and even a visit to the ballet. Life is good. The last year has been full indeed.

But Pop is on my mind today.