Archive for August, 2018

Rest in Peace, MaryAnn the Chicken


Many of you will no doubt remember MaryAnn, my favorite teaching assistant, from my classes and events. She was gently assisted out of this world by her owner last week. She was a wonderful girl, who lived to a ripe old age of about 10. Always gentle, patient, and good with kids, she was quite keen on snacks, and even laid an egg during classes! She will be missed greatly.

Leave a memory in the comments and send me any pix you might have of her! I’ll post them here.

Hanging out in my backyard before an event. “Just a chicken” certainly does not describe this bird!

Having a drink with sister Blossom. She was the lead hen, definitely the senior. Her sisters Ginger and Mrs. Howell passed years ago, so she ruled the roost for a good, long time.

In her cage in the car, where we had many deep conversations. I got a few photos to capture the memory when I realized she wouldn’t be with us much longer.

Coming out of her carrier to inspect the WGN green room. It sometimes took her a bit to warm up to a situation, but once she felt safe, she was the star of the show.

From humble beginnings to an interview on Michigan Avenue. MaryAnn was always aware that, for a chicken, she led a charmed life and was one lucky lady.

Getting comfortable in the WGN green room. Always adaptable, she seemed to fit right in with her surroundings.

MaryAnn chats up Steve Bertrand on air. She continually impressed people with her command of diverse and sundry topics.

This is one of my favorite pix of MaryAnn. She was always patient with kids; even moreso if treats were involved.

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Mini Roosters Looking for Good Home


Text Marney at 708-846-5569. These two roosters are about a year old. They look like Serama bantams, which are very tiny (with big personalities!) and lively! Owners wants a good, no-kill home.  Text Marney at 708-846-5569.Roosters for good home