Tom Houlihan's blog

Earthbound, but still experiencing the wonders of winged migration

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Toward the end of my discussion with Al Thomas, I mentioned one of the particular joys that birds can bring to your life. If you are out looking for birds, I said, you only have to see one species that is new to you. If you can ID it, all the better. But just seeing a new bird makes you happy for the rest of the day.

Our talented writers and taking the road toward irrelevancy

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If you are a regular H-F Chronicle reader – that is a good possibility if you are eight words into this column – you may have already wondered, “Who are all those people?” As in, “all those people” who are writing stories in the H-F Chronicle.

Hawk 1, Window 0. Shattered glass, plywood, lots of questions

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Chronicle editor Tom Houlihan tells the harrowing tale of his Sunday morning peace being shattered, literally, by a hawk that crashed into his dining room window.

Hammers, nails, two-by-fours, sheets of plywood. And creativity.

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In honor of the Homewood-Flossmoor Park District's 50th anniversary, Tom Houilihan recounts how one park program contributed to his family.

The message after decades of state tests? We’re commendable

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Your friend is hosting a dinner party and you’ve just finished coffee and the dessert course.

Suddenly he stands up, pulls a sheaf of papers from a folder and begins speaking.

“Now we’re in for a real treat,” he says. “Wait until you see the scores in little Jimmy’s school report card.”

In a minute, he’s talking about how many students placed in the top quarter in language arts and math. You glance at your watch.
 

Tapping away as the old Underwood comes out of storage

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An old Underwood typewriter brings back memories — and shows how far writing technology has come. Believe it not, there's a local businessman who still sells and repairs good old typewriters.

Harvest time as singular paw paw crop points toward future

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Yes, the Flossmoor banana truly exists.
 
I know. There’s one sitting on my dining room table.
 
To be honest, it doesn’t look much like a banana. More like a mango, which it resembles in size, shape and color.

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