My Hippie Wife

November 23rd, 2014

Initially, we had eight houses at the end of the block, no fences anywhere, all gardens, with paths and benches here and there and even private alcoves behind trees. That was the first phase. The second phase was acquiring the rest of the houses on the block, making everything a...

Test for Wiz

November 14th, 2014

After Bush announced that victory in Iraq had been achieved, a victory parade was scheduled in Hollywood, complete with tanks in the street, replicas of the Patriot Missiles and actual F-22s flying overheard. The hippies were going to kneel and pray before the lead marching band with their peace signs...

Eggs fall fast

November 8th, 2014

The chickens arrived in early May. They were three weeks old. They had their own chicken coop that they stayed in at night while the skunk slinked by and the coyotes howled. Ken and Malinda Stuchlik (STEW-CLICK) bought the 14 chickens to make eggs. They knew it was a 16-...

Smarty Sis

October 3rd, 2014

My first job was working at the White Hen Pantry down Thatcher Avenue, stuffing together early edition Sunday Chicago Tribune newspapers for ten dollars and sweeping the parking lot for five every Saturday afternoon. As I folded together all the different sections of the Sunday newspaper in my lap, I sat on...

Working in Paris

September 29th, 2014

I only had $3,000 so that meant I could stick out three weeks in Paris, maybe. Three is a biblical number, a spiritual number, and besides, I only had $3,000. When the money was finished, I was headed back to Los Angeles to look for a job, any job I...

 

My Hippie Wife

Initially, we had eight houses at the end of the block, no fences anywhere, all gardens, with paths and benches here and there and even private alcoves behind trees. That was the first phase. The second phase was acquiring the rest of the houses on the block, making everything a...

Test for Wiz

After Bush announced that victory in Iraq had been achieved, a victory parade was scheduled in Hollywood, complete with tanks in the street, replicas of the Patriot Missiles and actual F-22s flying overheard. The hippies were going to kneel and pray before the lead marching band with their peace signs...

Eggs fall fast

The chickens arrived in early May. They were three weeks old. They had their own chicken coop that they stayed in at night while the skunk slinked by and the coyotes howled. Ken and Malinda Stuchlik (STEW-CLICK) bought the 14 chickens to make eggs. They knew it was a 16-...

Teen roll-out in parking lot

Nine teenagers huddle around a Toyota pickup truck in the Steak ‘N Shake parking lot off Randall Road in Elgin. The time is 11:15 p.m., the temperature is 71 degrees, Matt Bazsali has taken off his shirt, and another “rival” group of teens is peering under the hood of a...

Homecoming

Wearing sport jackets and ties, my friend and I stepped out of his father’s white Cadillac. Our dates wore dresses and sweet perfume. The Italian restaurant on Halsted Street bustled with crowded tables on Saturday evening. I would have preferred a booth. The hostess led us to our table in the...

Freshmen Sweat First Day of Class

A freshman’s first day of high school can be extremely stressful. Bum directions from seniors. Uncooperative combination locks. An instant crush on a pretty girl or good-looking guy. So it was Thursday at Sandburg High School in Palos Township, the start of four quick years for 840 teenagers. “It’s not...

Rooftop Photo Series

Over the years at the Los Angeles Catholic Worker I have snapped a handful of photos that contain a bit of the view. The LACW house of hospitality sits atop one of the highest hills in Los Angeles, providing a view of Boyle Heights from the back steps, a look...

T-ball Ump

Those two T-ball fields next to the White Hen was where I excelled, whether I was playing second base, shortstop or pitcher, batting leadoff or second or third in the lineup, stealing bases, crying when I got thrown out, and pretending not to be nervous in championship games. After little...

Smarty Sis

My first job was working at the White Hen Pantry down Thatcher Avenue, stuffing together early edition Sunday Chicago Tribune newspapers for ten dollars and sweeping the parking lot for five every Saturday afternoon. As I folded together all the different sections of the Sunday newspaper in my lap, I sat on...

Working in Paris

I only had $3,000 so that meant I could stick out three weeks in Paris, maybe. Three is a biblical number, a spiritual number, and besides, I only had $3,000. When the money was finished, I was headed back to Los Angeles to look for a job, any job I...

 
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