Citizens Report American Irish Culture

Danahey on the Loose at Northern Illinois Food Bank

Danahey on the Loose at Northern Illinois Food Bank

For a guy like me, a recent visit to Northern Illinois Food Bank’s base of operations in Geneva was a humbling and inspiring experience. See, I’ve been lucky enough to attend as many as six Thanksgiving dinners in any one year. Watching my weight (sort of) I’ll probably cut back to two or three this… Continue Reading

Danahey on the Loose at a Wedding

Danahey on the Loose at a Wedding

Best Fest Buddy Tom, his dad and I trekked to Tom’s nephew’s wedding last Sunday in Michigan City, Indiana. We all have had magnetic invitations marking the date and the event’s website stuck to our respective refrigerators since early this year to remind us.  With the unofficial rule being you can give a gift six… Continue Reading

Danahey on the Loose, Being a Gourmand

Danahey on the Loose, Being a Gourmand

Yeah, I’m a gourmand, and most of what that implies. It started when I was a toddler. My grandfather and I would sit in the back of his mom-and-pop grocery store on the South Side of Chicago and eat smoked fish slathered in sour cream and served on top of a sweet roll. My gourmand… Continue Reading

Danahey on the Loose: Babysitting

Danahey on the Loose: Babysitting

If there’s one lesson I’ve learned while helping Best Fest Buddy Tom with babysitting his three grandchildren, it’s this: Don’t cry over spilt anything. That’s what the dog is for. A recent Saturday included a dumped bag of nachos. It has also included soiled diapers not properly secured as hazardous material. Dogs eat anything. Tom’s… Continue Reading

Danahey On the Loose at the Chicago Beer Society Picnic

Danahey On the Loose at the Chicago Beer Society Picnic

The summer fest season winds down the next couple weekends, and last Saturday Best Fest Buddy Tom and I made our annual trek to one of our favorites – the Umpteenth Annual Chicago Beer Society Picnic. We wore our black Utilikilts, because what else would you wear to an event held in a forest preserve?… Continue Reading

Danahey on the Loose, Reading About Celtic Women

Danahey on the Loose, Reading About Celtic Women

Curiosity may have killed the cat, but Jacqueline Widmar Stewart has found being inquisitive – and writing about her explorations – is a fine way to spend her Modern Maturity years. I first interviewed Stewart 13 years ago about her book, The Glacier’s Treasure Trove: A Field Guide to the Lake Michigan Riviera. While her… Continue Reading

Tony Golden:Good Company

What was the name of the Green Bay Packer running back that Chicago Bear George Connor creamed in Wrigley Field on a cold and grey Sunday in November of 1955?  Connor broke up the Packers flying wedge on a kickoff return and knocked that Packer into next week. They called it the “hit heard round… Continue Reading