Richard’s Birthday Outing

Hello Dear Friends and Family,

I bring to you today great news of an upcoming outing where we will take a moment once again to reflect on the impact Richard Harsch had on our lives. I’m sure many of you have done those reflections on your own numerous times over the last four and a half months. Why not gather together again and share time and stories? What better time to do it than on the weekend of Richard’s birthday.

As many of you knew, the only thing Richard liked better than a birthday with current friends was a birthday of a departed soul that changed the world. Whether it be William Shakespeare, Gustav Mahler, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Merton, Sister Theresa or many others it didn’t matter. There was always a cake, a batch of cookies, a poem or a verse that could be shared in a moment in time to commemorate a great life. While we may still be sad that he has left this earth he did in fact change our worlds and it is now our turn to commemorate a truly great life.

images-2The details are as follows: Rhonda has arranged a casual outing on September 13th, 2014. We will meet at Holy Name Cathedral for the 8:00 a.m. mass. Holy Name Cathedral is located at 735 N. State Street in the Gold Coast. The cathedral is a part of Richard’s history in that he worked with both Cardinal Cody and Cardinal Bernardin during their years as the Archbishops of the Chicago diocese. . It doesn’t matter if you are Catholic or not or have been to mass or not. This is just an opportunity to do something together that meant the world to Richard and I’m sure he will be smiling on us on that day. After mass we will walk to our restaurant home, Joe’s at 60 East Grand for a post mass coffee and continental breakfast. If you can’t make the mass but would like to join us at Joe’s I suspect we will gather from 9:30 a.m until about 10:30 a.m to smile, tell stories and eat some of Richard’s favorite bagels and lox.

Just show up at mass no RSVP needed. If you think you might join us at Joe’s that morning give me a call at 312-379-5637 some afternoon between now and then to let me know so we can prepare the right amount of space and brew enough coffee.

Perhaps this can become an annual tradition? Wouldn’t Richard be delighted at the thought of that! Hope to see you there.


About Jim Herbert

I've been wanting to write my whole life. By age 45 it had amounted to nothing more than a storage locker of half full journals and a lot of unfulfilled dreams. Then Paris in the fall of 2011 happened. It was the catalyst I needed to consistently blog. At first I had a hard time hitting the publish button, but now two blog sites and over 300 posts later I'm hitting my stride. I'm also a budding speech writer. I've recently been heavily involved in the Chicago Storytelling scene and have also won the Chicago Toastmasters Area 66 International Speech Contest. Check out our website at for more details about the amazing things that are happening in my life. A book or two are nearing completion. With another Paris trip on tap for Easter of 2015 I can only imagine that there are Infinite Possibilities on the horizon!!!
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