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For years Pulitzer Prize-winning Chicago Tribune columnist Mary Schmich has captivated readers with her poignant observations on everything from biting snowstorms in the Windy City, "where winter makes us strong," to politicians gone bad.
Her skilled reporting (sometimes traveling the world for her column), keen insight and poetic style make Schmich a unique voice in American journalism. Not to mention her range. Beyond big-issue topics with national import, her columns are "also about more ethereal realms, like the meaning of friendship, the power of poems, the contents of my mother's refrigerator." Readers anywhere are sure to find something that speaks to them.
Mary Schmich Samples
"Ray Manzarek died," a colleague announced a couple of days ago as I walked past his desk. I gave him a quizzical look. "Ray Manzarek," he said. Ah. Of course. Ray Manzarek.
For a while Monday night, the lead story on The New York Times website did not involve Angelina Jolie, Benghazi or a single politician. The hot, hot news? Intelligentsia, the Chicago coffee company, is opening a coffee bar in Manhattan.
My mother would have turned 90 this week, and in her honor I decided I'd read a letter she once wrote me, one I'd deliberately never opened. She had given me the letter on the last day of one of her occasional visits to Chicago.
He still gets up early. He could sleep in. He no longer has a staff to deploy. He gets up at 6 anyway, and sets off to the gym before breakfast. Except the ones who still call him Mayor. A lot of people can't think of Rich Daley any other way.
While teaching a writing workshop at a local high school recently, I was asked a question I'd never been asked in public.
Early in his speech in Boston on Thursday, President Barack Obama summoned up a piece of a poem. "It was a beautiful day to be in Boston," he told the congregation at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, remembering Monday, before the bombs went off.
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