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Mary Schmich


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

  • Welcome to lovable Capone's Chicago

    Al Capone has never looked so lovable. Chipmunk-cheeked and bushy-browed, he smiles down on the cars that whiz east along Ohio Street into the heart of Chicago. He looks a little like Ed Asner, a good-natured guy with an irascible streak, a rascal but not a killer. In fact, Capone's giant portrait...

  • Just a husband away from poverty America's struggling older woman

    WE can't have meant to do this to our mothers. I know a 69-year-old woman who didn't leave her parents' home until the age of 30, when she married and moved in with her husband. For the next 32 years, she raised their children while he negotiated with the outside world, made the family rules and...

  • Cigar smoking: Man's last and only domain?

    CHICAGO -- Ah, the smell of manliness. Sweet, dizzying, choking. The aroma's hard to take at first, but a gal can get used to all manner of manhood's mysteries and even start to like them. We're talking here about men and their cigars. Specifically, we're talking about the 80 or so men jammed into...

  • Reach out and get in touch with yourself

    What price happiness? It is a question as old as the dinosaurs, as confounding as the lightning speed with which mold grows in an unemptied coffee cup. Now, at last, comes the elusive answer, slithering out of the dark caves of uncertainty and into the brilliant light of the brave new telephone age:...