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The haunting of the Mikel manse

Photograph of 110 Akenside.
110 Akenside, likely in 1999. A child — either my sister or me — peers out from the second-story window.
Newspaper clippings from real estate open house ads for 110 Akenside, from 1983 and 1984.
Real estate listings for 110 Akenside from 1983 and 1984, boasting a spacious home of yesteryear with marble fireplaces and other dramatic features.
Photograph of my dad in front of the house posing with a tractor.
Dad, digging up the concrete front walkway to begin the driveway project. He went on to pave both with salvaged red bricks. The leftover bricks became my childhood playground.

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Chicago writer and essayist. I also work at Firefox as a content designer.

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Betsy Mikel

Betsy Mikel

Chicago writer and essayist. I also work at Firefox as a content designer.

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