How we spend

24 April 2017

How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.

Annie Dillard

Show me somebody

23 April 2017

Show me somebody who is always smiling, always cheerful, always optimistic, and I will show you somebody who hasn’t the faintest idea what the heck is really going on.

Mike Royko

Newspapers, magazines and other publications

22 April 2017

Newspapers, magazines and other publications have the constitutional right to be offensive, even disgusting. As evidence of that, just watch this space regularly.

Mike Royko

Why do you think the lottery is so popular?

21 April 2017

Why do you think the lottery is so popular? Do you think anybody would play if the super payoff was a job on the night shift in a meat-packing plant? People play it so if they win they can be rich and idle. Like I told you years ago – if work is so good, how come they have to pay us to do it?

Mike Royko

A pessimist

20 April 2017

A pessimist sees the glass as half empty; A Cub fan wonders when it’s gonna spill.

Mike Royko

The neighborhood-towns

19 April 2017

The neighborhood-towns [of Chicago] were part of larger ethnic states. To the north of the Loop was Germany. To the northwest was Poland. To the west were Italy and Israel. To the southwest were Bohemia and Lithuania. And to the south was Ireland…you could always tell, even with your eyes closed, which state you were in by the odors of the food stores and the open kitchen windows, the sound of the foreign or familiar language, and by whether a stranger hit you in the head with a rock.

Mike Royko

The subject of criminal rehabilitation

18 April 2017

The subject of criminal rehabilitation was debated recently in City Hall. It’s an appropriate place for this kind of discussion because the city has always employed so many ex-cons and future cons.

Mike Royko


17 April 2017

Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up.

A. A. Milne

I am in fact a Hobbit

16 April 2017

I am in fact a Hobbit in all but size. I like gardens, trees, and unmechanized farmlands; I smoke a pipe, and like good plain food (unrefrigerated), but detest French cooking; I like, and even dare to wear in these dull days, ornamental waistcoats. I am fond of mushrooms (out of a field); have a very simple sense of humor (which even my appreciative critics find tiresome); I go to bed late and get up late (when possible). I do not travel much.

J.R.R. Tolkien


15 April 2017

Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker.

Denis Waitley

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