Chapter the First: Pictorial Tour


"This is my world and I am World Leader Pretend"

Photo by D. McCarthy, 2001
Photo by D. McCarthy 1999
This is the family mansion, nestled in one of the
hundreds of neighborhoods which make up
our fair city.
Photo by Thomas Kolendra,
Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs.
Next year, they're going to the World Series.
The family currently lives in Chicago, where the summers are hot, the winters are cold, and the food is really really good.
pretty red tree, 2002
Photo by Craig S. Thom, from

The Author grew up in Rockford, Illinois, which is bigger than you think and is not a suburb of Chicago.

Artist Alexander Liberman created this sculpture, called "Symbol," which captures the spirit of the city and stirs the hearts and minds of natives and visitors alike.

The Author doesn't get it, either.

The City planted this tree in front of our house. Pretty! Acer x freemanii, for you compulsive horticulturists. A Red maple/Silver maple hybrid.

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