Stephanie is teaching a class at the LaGrange Art League called "Creating Abstract Art Using The 'Pour' Method."
Details, and sign-up information are on their site. She's taught this class in the past to much acclaim and much positive feedback. Classes are now under way, but there's still time to sign up and join the fun!

The next Tamale Hut Cafe Reading Series night will be on Saturday, June 23, and Matt will be reading the next chapter of his new "Barnstormers" story. You can read the previous chapter on his web site at On that site you can sign up for his mailing list, and you will receive the entire Barnstormers story to date, most chapters with content not read at the Tamale Hut.

For more information about Stephie's art, please also check out
For Matt's writing projects, please go to Enjoy your visit here!

01/28/13: I checked the weather forecast this morning, and to me this week looked like something of a roller-coaster ride. We had an ice storm on Sunday, and for Tuesday, they predict a high of 63F and thunderstorms. Wednesday we have a 50% chance of snow, but Thursday night should be a low of 3F with windchills dipping to -15F, and up to a high of 18 (windchill of -8F) on Friday. When I saw that, though, the first thing I thought of was the sequence of comic panels you see here.
     When we were kids, our parents would sometimes buy us Gold Key digest comics. We had little fat paperbacks featuring Woody Woodpecker, Tom & Jerry, Bugs Bunny, and the Road Runner, to name just a few. We also had Dennis the Menace and Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery. (Actually, I'm not sure how that one got through.) But the cream of the crop were the Walt Disney collections. We read those digests until they were practically falling apart. Even after our dog Sam chewed the corners and the covers did fall off, there was still some mighty fine entertainment in those yellowing, faded pages.
     One of my favorite stories in those digests was a Gyro Gearloose story called Monsterville. Gyro, if you don't know, was something of a crackpot inventor, and in this story, he set about to turn Duckburg into a futuristic city, with "built-in weather controls." As he was surveying his work, the sequence depicted here happened.
     I expect the announcement from the Weather Master of Chicago any time now.

01/19/13: I missed celebrating a major milestone last Sunday. Thirty-five years ago, on Friday, January 13, 1978, I entered the workforce as I began my first day at McDonalds. I think I only worked two hours, but I remember it went by very fast. I earned $5.30 that day. Before tax, of course.
     I spent almost three and a half years there, which was an eternity considering the turnover of the crew back then, but it was a great first job. What I got out of it was my first taste of independence, a sense of responsibility, a pretty good work ethic, one life-long friend, and lots of great memories.
     Many people used to ask me how I could still eat there after having worked there so long. They thought I'd be sick of the food. But even though the menu was relatively limited back then, I never tired of it. Even today, I stop at McDonalds now and again, to get a Big Mac or a regular hamburger. I see all the kids working behind the counter and in the back, preparing the food. The store operates quite a bit differently than it was when I worked there, with such a large menu and less food prepared ahead of the customer ordering it, and I wonder if it's still such a good first job. I'll bet it is.

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