Category Archives: Media

Change Is Good, Isn’t It?

You may have noticed that I haven’t been posting on Got My Reservations. There’s some change going on in my life — some call it “retirement” — but I call it my next step.  I am converting this blog to a more deliberate travel-focused format. I have owned “” since the day I first starting blogging, but never found it necessary to migrate my blog and there were many good things about using “”. Those of you who have been following me probably won’t notice significant changes in what I write about, but I’m going to save my retirement rants and personal ruminations for my other blog, Retirement 365.

One of the reasons that I moved to my own domain was so I could use a recipe plug-in. This will make it easier for you to save or print one of my recipe posts in the future; my most-visited post is still Grandma Lill’s Spaghetti Sauce with Meatballs! To me, life is not complete without trying out new restaurants and new foods and sharing recipes, so this will continue to be a part of Got My Reservations. I plan to run a Christmas series of recipes on the new site, so be prepared for some new ideas to add to your holiday traditions!

I hope that you will continue to follow me at my new site. Email subscribers will need to resubscribe; if you already were following through Facebook, you’re still connected. I’ve added a Pinterest link to my page and maybe someday I’ll figure out how to use Google Connect. Please take the time to click through on my button and sign up so that you continue to receive updates from me.

With my gratitude and regards,


Chicago Day 5: We Are Activists

I’m linked up today and for the rest of the month in the 31 Days Challenge at The Nester. By clicking the tab at the top of the page, you can easily access all of the 31 Days in Chicago posts. If you’ve got a story to tell about your experiences in Chicago, I welcome guest posts. Join the fun by emailing me, or if you’re not ready to write, go to The Nester’s web site to follow some other stories this month.

Whether or not we always agree with each other, in Chicago we care and we show it by our actions.

Obviously, these photos are just a small representation of the thriving community that is Chicagoland. I love living here.

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Olympics in Transition

Do we want our news real-time or prime-time?

We’ve been a transitional society for a while now, but it seems as though the Olympics coverage is putting our unease with technology out there for all to see. The American I-want-it-now instant gratification-need-to-know and our desire to experience the thrills of the Olympic games “as they happen” are at war with each other.

There seems to be an assumption on the part of NBC that everyone already knows the event results and so it’s okay to intermingle current news with primetime replays of the events. “Everyone” must be getting the results on their computers and smart phones.

The change in the number of smart phones with instant access to Mr. Internet since the last Olympics in 2008 must be astronomical.

Four years ago, I had clumsy access to the internet on my phone and never used it. Music Man didn’t have any internet access. Now we both have smart phones that link us to everything in seconds. I love the instant access and I hope I never have to go back to the old school ways of getting my news.

But our access comes with a dilemma. I ran across this article from the New Yorker and I think it presents the issue well (in a sarcastic way that tickles my fancy, of course).

P.S. Don’t click into this link if you don’t want to know what happened in the Women’s All-Around on Thursday.

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