On celebrating Italy

This week is Italian Fest week. In other words, one of my favorite, exhausting, spectacular family traditions. For as long as I can remember, my family–grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, parents, siblings–comes together as Rome(r), Italy (my mom’s maiden name is Romer). We set up shop in a couple of tents at Marquette Park and spendContinue reading “On celebrating Italy”

On taking a 4.5 month old to NOLA…

This weekend we took our baby to NOLA to celebrate a close friend’s wedding. We were both great friends with Ryan in college, and there was no doubt that we would be at his special day. Even if that meant driving over six hours with a 4.5 month old. To be fair, the baby isContinue reading “On taking a 4.5 month old to NOLA…”

Garden: Week whatever this is

We went out to the garden Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights because we still had 2/3 of the plot left to plant and the weeds were creeping and the poor things we had planted needed some love and looser soil. Over those days, we managed to get two rows completely weeded, tilled and planted withContinue reading “Garden: Week whatever this is”

Read: Clarence Saunders and the Founding of Piggly Wiggly by Mike Freeman

Clarence Saunders and the Piggly Wiggly have ended up being oddly important to my professional career. I work at the museum housed in Saunders’ never-lived-in mansion that was funded by his creation of the self-service grocery chain. I wrote a graduate seminar paper on the city’s transformation of the mansion into a museum. Currently, IContinue reading “Read: Clarence Saunders and the Founding of Piggly Wiggly by Mike Freeman”