A sideline gig if this academia stuff doesn’t work out

Craig's grandfather's business card from the 1940s

My grandfather’s business card from the 1940s. No street address, just rural route 3. And the phone was a party line, but RED254 had its own ring: Two longs and a short.

Happy Father’s Day

Circa 1937: Here’s my dad,Willard G. Duff, the baby in the arms of my grandmother Lillian and grandfather Craig. Dad’s cousin is standing to the right.

Lillian and Craig Duff with baby Willard Duff and cousin Eddie, circa 1937

Grand Opening Monday for Dorothy’s Can-Do Café at Chicago’s Gateway to Learning


For those of you who live in Chicago and are free on the morning of Monday, June 10th, come by Lincoln Square for the grand opening of Dorothy’s Can-Do Café. The cafe, on N. Lincoln Avenue just south of Foster, is an extension of the bakery project at Gateway to Learning, a special education and training center. I spent Friday morning watching the students at the center prepare for when the café’s doors open to the public. Several of them practiced working the counter, taking and filling orders for coffee and tasty baked goods (all made fresh in the GTL kitchens) and handling the payments and change. Others stocked the cooler with soft drinks and cartons of milk.

They’re excited to open, and I’ll share more photographs of opening morning. Come by if you’re in the area.

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