Mary Schmich

Columnist

Mary Schmich is a columnist for the Chicago Tribune who won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for commentary. Her column, which she has written since 1992, appears Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. A Georgia native, she was previously a Tribune national correspondent based in Atlanta. She also teaches yoga, plays mandolin and piano, and with fellow columnist Eric Zorn hosts an annual holiday singalong at the Old Town School of Folk Music.

Recent Articles

  • Here is the voice of reason Chicago — and America — needs

    Here is the voice of reason Chicago — and America — needs

    Blase Cupich for president. Not really. It's a terrible idea. Politics has a way of sucking the soul out of even the best leaders, and Chicago needs Cardinal Cupich the way he is, as a voice of hope and reason, one of the few public figures who can speak to a wide range of people on a wide range...

  • The dares we'd try for a glorious obit

    The dares we'd try for a glorious obit

    Audrey R. Gillespie died a few days ago, at the age of 90, from a fall off a high tightrope. Before this story continues, take a moment to savor the thought of a nonagenarian — mother of six, grandmother of 18, great-grandmother of 14, world traveler, Cubs fan — poised above the ground, defying...

  • Tom Skilling's solar eclipse sob a joy to viewers

    Tom Skilling's solar eclipse sob a joy to viewers

    Monday may have marked a notable moment in American history: the first time a middle-aged weather forecaster trended on Twitter. His name is Tom Skilling and anyone who has lived in Chicago for long knows he's more than a TV meteorologist. He's a weather evangelist. He loves the clouds, the wind,...

  • This eclipse is exactly what we need right now

    This eclipse is exactly what we need right now

    We need this eclipse. We need to go outside on Monday and look at the sky and ponder the wonders of the natural world. We need to stand, alone or in the company of friends and strangers, watching the sun disappear behind the moon, and feel how puny we are under that unfathomable sky. It will do...

  • David Duke and Donald Trump and the long ties of history

    David Duke and Donald Trump and the long ties of history

    What happened in Charlottesville didn't start with Donald Trump. It didn't start with David Duke either, but there's a long, durable thread from Duke to Trump that's worth thinking about. Despite his dubious Twitter profile claim to be "one of 100 most read and quoted people in the world," Duke...

  • In Chicago, gay Russian violinist finds freedom, family

    In Chicago, gay Russian violinist finds freedom, family

    One day this spring, Artem Kolesov set up a video camera in the Chicago townhouse where he lives, sat down in a chair and started talking to the young gay people of Russia. "Yesterday I turned 23 years old," he began. He went on, in Russian, to tell the story of growing up as the fourth of six...

  • Why it's better to say thanks, even when you're wrong

    Why it's better to say thanks, even when you're wrong

    "You know what you should write about?" a security guard I know said the other day. "What?" I said, and then he told me, which is what prompted me to write this. The guard's name is Anthony Redmond, and he patrols a North Side strip mall where I often stop for coffee. The mall's parking lot, which...

  • One year later, Tavon Tanner's 'still here'

    One year later, Tavon Tanner's 'still here'

    They decided to mark the anniversary with a party. August 8 had come again, a date that stuck in their memories the way a birthday might. At the small red-brick home where Tavon Tanner and his family had spent much of the past year living with a relative, there was an air of celebration. In the...

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