Archive for February, 2006

And one more update by way of a letter

Saturday, February 25th, 2006

Following up on this post from a week and a half ago:

When I saw my mom last week in Chicago, she said there was one thing she was disappointed about regarding the article that described the luncheon that turned into an impromptu memorial for my dad. She wished she’d known they were going to do that so she could have directed them to the memorial web site and information about his memorial fund.

I suggested she write a letter to the editor, partly to thank them and partly to provide that information. She did, and says she’s already heard back from the editor, as well as the business editor and the reporter who covered the luncheon, and they’re all touched by what she wrote.

Letter to the Editor:

     I am the President and CEO of the Matteson Area Chamber of Commerce (MACC). The Star recently covered an event we hosted and in the January 22nd issue of The Star, a great deal of the article dealt with tributes that were made during that event to my recently deceased husband, Marty O’Neill. Many of the speakers gave testimony to Marty’s continual display of care and support for our organization and our area.
     He was one of the charter members of the Autumn Gala fundraiser for MACC and the Unity Coalition of South Suburbs. He believed that all people at the very minimum should learn to live together and at best love each other. Marty was truly loved, appreciated, and revered by so many people – of all races and religion.
     Our chamber is known as “A Chamber With Heart” and I was surprised to learn that a publishing company could show that they have heart. Thank you so much for helping to spread the word about Marty O’Neill’s legacy. I would only like to add this: our business community is assisting my children and I to build a memorial to Marty – perhaps a peaceful park-like setting on our church grounds with an inscription of gratitude to the positive messages portrayed through Marty’s life and love.
     Please visit to learn more about Marty and the Memorial Fund.
     Thank you for paying tribute to a role model that was an inspiration to many of us in this entire region. How wonderful that a newspaper would do that – Marty would have been proud!

Georgia O’Neill

Email I just sent to American Songwriter magazine

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006

Yesterday I received three copies of the March/April issue: one was addressed to “Kate O’Neill, Honey Bowtie Music,” one to “Kate O’Neill,” and one to “Kate Kate Kate O’Neill.”

I appreciate the enthusiasm — particularly of the latter form of address — but I am, alas, all three of these people in one compact package.

Would someone please investigate whether I’ve been triple-triple-triple billed and help me sort this out?

Thanks thanks thanks so much,

- Kate O’Neill
Songwriter & Queen Bee
Honey Bowtie Music

Gang activity in the neighboring neighborhood

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006

Today’s City Paper has an article about gang activity in Salemtown, which is the neighborhood a few blocks north of us. We’ve seen plenty of the graffiti the article mentions, but we haven’t seen too many other signs of gangs. There’s a liquor & convenience store a few blocks away where youngish guys hang out all through the day and night, and they always affect an intimidating posture and demeanor, but Karsten and I just make sure to stick to other streets when we’re out walking so that’s no big deal.

Gangs suck, but they’re a part of urban life. I just hate to think of non-gang-members getting caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.

In Chicago!

Friday, February 17th, 2006

I’m sitting here at Metropolis Coffee Company in Chicago, enjoying the delicious coffee and free WiFi, but not so much enjoying the snooty and superior attitude of the staff. Whatever. They’re just lucky their coffee is so good.

I’ll be here for another few hours and then I’ll go meet my mom and sister and whoever else they’ve rounded up for dinner (at Dick’s Last Resort!?!, I think — I have no idea why) and then drinks.

Hope everyone has a great weekend planned!

Yet another unofficial review of “Brokeback Mountain”

Thursday, February 16th, 2006

I’m trying to get ready for my trip to Chicago tomorrow, so I’m limiting myself to five minutes on this, but I wanted to state publicly:

This movie is crushingly beautiful.

I’ve read here and there (no links, no time) mini-reviews that suggested that the movie was, without the gay/bi element, basically weak.

To that, I have to wonder: were we watching the same movie? Because first of all, I don’t think it’s even relevant to consider what the movie would be without the gay/bi element — it’s a primary part of the story.

On the other hand, this is a classic tale of the obstacles faced by true love, and of fear getting in the way of happiness. This story has been filmed many, many times in many, many ways with varying degrees of drama and emotional fallout. This just happens to be one that is very compelling and extremely effective at making the viewer feel the heart-wrenching dilemma of its central characters.

And those characters happen to be gay/bi cowboys.

It was a beautiful film. Ang Lee deserves heaps of awards, Heath Ledger deserves heaps of awards, Rodrigo Prieto deserves heaps of awards, et cetera et cetera.

And that’s my five-minute mini-review. Down the hatch.

I feel like such a globetrotter

Wednesday, February 15th, 2006

My mom’s birthday is next week. Two of my cousins from Baltimore are flying into Chicago this weekend to visit my mom and sister, and they’re all going to go out and do a “Wild Women’s Weekend” in the city. My mom emailed me a little while ago offering to fly me up to join them, but I only have Friday evening free so I declined.

Well, I looked into it, and I had enough credits on Southwest to be able to fly up Friday morning and come back Saturday morning. I’ll be able to party the night away with them in Chicago on Friday night and be back in time to attend the other parties scheduled this weekend here in Nashville.

Hee. I hope someday my life really is as glamorous as this almost sounds. ;-)

Newspaper article talking about my dad

Wednesday, February 15th, 2006

I talked to my mom last night, and found out that a work luncheon last Thursday turned into a tribute to my dad, and the woman who was there from the newspaper wrote the article almost entirely about that.

Matteson chamber’s first luncheon
Marty O’Neill honored during inaugural ceremony

Sunday, February 12, 2006
By Erika Enigk, The Star

The inaugural Matteson Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Thursday became an unofficial tribute to a member who died in late 2005.

Directors and members fondly remembered the late Marty O’Neill, husband of chamber president Georgia O’Neill, at the event, which took place at University Golf Club in University Park.

O’Neill said the chamber’s board of directors was supportive after her husband died, offering to make things easier by maintaining their positions for an extra year.

As such, Tawny Sippel, of First National Bank in Chicago Heights, was installed as the organization’s 2006 board chairwoman.[...]

“He’d been sick for quite some time,” said immediate past chair Deb Sedberry, of U.S. Bank in Park Forest.

The late O’Neill’s illness had been hard on his family and the chamber alike, Sedberry added.

“He was a huge part of what we do,” she said. “He truly helped with every function. Whatever needed to be done, Marty was there.”

Because of his illness, chamber officials did not have the opportunity to do everything the board was hoping to do in 2005, Sippel said.

“His passing had a deep effect on all who knew him,” she said.

Maintaining the board seemed to be the best decision, Sedberry said.

Hildy Kingma, director of economic development and planning for the village of Park Forest, became teary-eyed when accepting the annual Chamber Choice Award at the luncheon.

A photo in The Star featured the late O’Neill giving Kingma a kiss at a chamber event and became a joke between them, she said.

“Every time he saw me after that, he made sure he gave me a kiss,” Kingma said. “MACC events will never be the same without my kiss from Marty.”

My sister sent the text of the article around to all the extended family and added this note: “What the article didn’t mention is that before Hildy left the podium she blew a kiss to the heavens and said ‘this one is for you, Marty.’ And left many in tears.”

Busy night!

Saturday, February 11th, 2006

Headed off in minutes to go check out the Nashville Vegetarian Meetup at Woodlands Indian Vegetarian restaurant where I am hoping to see some folks. You know who you are!

From there, we may briefly join up with some friends at the Love Party. Don’t expect to see any LJ folks there, but if you see me, say hi!

And then it’s Girlesque at Mercy Lounge, where I will be meeting some folks. You know who you are! Whee!

I found it! The perfect Valentine’s activity for us

Thursday, February 9th, 2006

From today’s City Paper:

Ostriches dance for hours to attract their mate. Pythons intertwine like tightly braided hair. Male camels belch to excite a female. These and more mating rituals will be told at Kiss and Tail — a special Valentine’s event for grownups at the Nashville Zoo[...]. Ron Magill from the Miami Metrozoo will use a slide show to talk about the entertaining and often hilarious mating habits of animals. Kiss and Tail will run one night only on Feb. 14 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Nashville Zoo and is open to individuals 18 and older. [...]

I can’t think of a more perfect way to celebrate the holiday that is all about mating rituals. :-)

An open love letter to my toastytuft

Wednesday, February 8th, 2006

is here.

And it says:

You are everything I never knew I wanted, and more. You fulfill desires I never knew I had, and then some. You make me love you, even when I start to feel unloving. You make me cherish you, even when I start to feel ungrateful. You dominate my thoughts, even when others start to seem appealing.

You are my tiny world and my infinite universe, my wanton freedom and my eager commitment, my center of gravity and my sense of weightlessness, my frivolity and my sensibility, my tears and my laughter, my longing and my fulfillment.

You are everything I love and nothing I ever knew existed. You have changed my life; you have cleared my head; you have swollen my heart; you have commanded my body; you have tamed my soul; you have freed my spirit; you have won me completely.

Thank you, sweet valentines!

Wednesday, February 8th, 2006

To whomever posted this and to whomever posted this follow-up:

You rocked my socks. Thank you both for making my day.

Nashville is Southwest Airlines’ featured destination for April!

Tuesday, February 7th, 2006

Hey, here’s a great opportunity to come visit Music City when the fares are nice and low.

Nashville, TN

With so much happening in April, the month is best described as “awesome!” During the Awesome April arts celebration, Nashville delivers on all entertainment fronts: music and film festivals, superstars on stage, nationally televised awards shows, and the heroes behind the hits. See you in Music City!

Get air fare specials to/from Nashville for $34 to $129 one-way with 21-day advance purchase, plus great deals on rental cars and hotels!

The best part is, we‘re here. Heh.

For more information, click here.

Feline songwriting

Monday, February 6th, 2006

I was working in MasterWriter when I got up to admire a bluejay outside the window. When I came back, Barbra was sitting on my laptop keyboard, writing a song. Here’s what he wrote:

- (c) 2006 Barbra Streisand O’Neill-Soltauer, aspiring cat songwriter

I’m not sure what the melody’s supposed to be. If anyone has any idea, please let me know.