Nothing trumps Lincoln, but…

When I saw Lincoln on the screen last year, I felt like a kid on the last day of school. There was so much to look forward to, and it didn’t disappoint. It was the movie of a lifetime for this ardent Lincoln buff, who was born up the road from where Lincoln lived, andContinue reading “Nothing trumps Lincoln, but…”

Remembering Aaron Copland

Thirty-five years ago, roughly, I got myself into trouble. It was during music class, the once-a-week excursion outside of the classroom in the Catholic school that I attended in the 1970s, and into the music teacher’s classroom on the first floor. I’ll call the teacher Ms. F, but her full name isn’t really important toContinue reading “Remembering Aaron Copland”

Loved the movie, but hated the green screens

I couldn’t wait until Lincoln came out, and so last weekend I went to the only theater in Chicago that’s showing it. I was drawn into the story of how Lincoln got the 13th Amendment to the Constitution passed through a lame duck Congress. I’ll never take Lincoln’s political skills for granted again. But I’mContinue reading “Loved the movie, but hated the green screens”

Becoming Lincoln

Election fatigue is setting in, after all of these months of campaigning. And it’s true that I want the election to end quickly, but I think that there might be a post-election fight, just like there was in 2000 when George W. Bush was awarded the presidency by the Supreme Court. I very much hopeContinue reading “Becoming Lincoln”

I can’t wait for this

My admiration for Abraham Lincoln runs deep. I carry Lincoln’s name as my own middle name, and proudly so. Nobody ever changed America for the better more than he did. Ending slavery, which had existed for centuries, was an unqualified good thing. And he made it happen, almost all by himself. The prospect of aContinue reading “I can’t wait for this”