Dead Alewife, Lake Michigan, 1972

WC’s Epic Fails: The Alewife Incident


As WC has mentioned before, he spent three . . . difficult . . . years in Chicago, Illinois, attending law school. The law school was on pricey property, what passes for “lakefront” just north of the loop, with only the twelve lanes of Lake Shore Drive between you and Lake Michigan. Understand that the…

The Quiet Knight entrance on Belmont, photographer unknown

A Few Notes on The Quiet Knight


WC lived in Chicago, Illinois for three years in the early 1970s, attending law school. Whatever Chicago’s charms may be, they generally aren’t available to impoverished college students. It was the waning days of the Richard J. Daley administration, a mix of egregious political corruption, sharp racial tension and serious street crime. And the traffic…

Karla Bonoff, Cinder Winery, Boise

Karla Bonoff at the Cinder Winery


WC last saw Karla Bonoff at The Quiet Knight in Chicago. No cover, two drink minimum. In WC’s memory, the late Steve Goodman joined her on stage for a couple of songs. But that was a long time ago, and memory is a funny thing. But Bonoff has written a number of excellent tunes, so…

Sword-billed Hummingbird, Yanacocha, Ecuador

Still More Bills


Some years ago now, excellent birder and bird photographer Richard Ditch and WC co-authored a couple of articles on bird identification for bird photographers. Richard did most of the work, and made an excellent point: a bird’s bill is a good starting point for identifying the bird’s species and figuring out how the bird makes…