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I don't personally know anyone who quit a good job to work at Starbucks, but I know a lot of people who've fantasized. Was your current job too stressful? Was it eating up your life with the ferocity of a starving dog? Even if you liked your job, was...
Tags: Starbucks Corp., Death, Tom Hanks, Movies, Entertainment
When I headed off Thursday to talk about column-writing to high school journalists, I felt a little like a seafarer commissioned to give a workshop on how to fly the space shuttle. I could offer some general tips on the nature of exploration and...
Illinois has lived lately in a state of ethical emergency and Cindi Canary has been on call. You must have seen or heard her. When a government ethics committee needs a member, when the national or local media need a nonpartisan comment, Canary's there,...
Tags: Values, George Ryan, Corrupt Practices, Corruption, Paul Simon
The Chicago TribuneMary Theresa Schmich was born in Savannah, Ga., the oldest of eight children, and spent her childhood in Georgia. She attended high school in Phoenix then earned a B.A. at Pomona College in Claremont, Calif. After working in college admissions for...
Tribune staff writerIn Chicago's rich journalistic history, newspaper columns have nailed corrupt politicians, freed innocent prisoners and won Pulitzer Prizes. Not until this month, however, had one cracked the Billboard Hot 100 pop music charts. Tribune columnist Mary...
Tribune staff reporterI am terrified of heights, of falling. I get queasy on bridges, balconies, department store escalators. As a child I dreaded nothing more than to be forced onto a swing set or the monkey bars, with the earth a lost paradise miles below my lonely feet....
Tags: Death, Road Transportation, Travel, Atlantic Ocean, Sports
What makes a cow so funny? And if you think cows aren't funny, you haven't seen any of the 300 life-size fiberglass cows plunked last week in downtown Chicago as part of a city public art project. It's hard to pass these painted, beaded, sequined and...
It is often wise, no matter how familiar a word may be, to look it up. And so, I recently thumbed through a dictionary until finding the word "favorite" and read this definition: "One that is treated or regarded with special favor or liking." As you...
To: Elizabeth Weingarten From: Mary Schmich Hey, Elizabeth. Do you ever read the columns that Eric Zorn and I occasionally write together? (If the answer's no, don't bruise my ego by telling me so.) At any rate, Eric and I call those our ``dialogue...
Tags: Field Hockey, Sports, Elections, Eric Zorn
Inside every adult lurks a graduation speaker dying to get out, some world-weary pundit eager to pontificate on life to young people who'd rather be Rollerblading. Most of us, alas, will never be invited to sow our words of wisdom among an audience of...
Tags: Science and Technology
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