The More Than Ever Education Fund

Created by Gregory L. Maire and Michael A. Horvich

Administrated by La Casa Norte

A Not For Profit supporting homeless youth and families in the greater Chicago area.

Michael A. Horvich

Educator, Writer, Poet, Blogger, Actor, Collector, Museum Curator, Book  Binder, Jewelry Artist, Speaker, Supernumerary, Flea Circus Ringmaster, Spanish Fluent, Technology Savvy, Alzheimer’s Consultant.


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Michael’s Flea Circus - Site

Michael’s Museum - Blog

Michael’s Museum - Site

Michael Writes Creative Non-Fiction - Blog

Michael Cares About Alzheimer’s - Blog

Michael Photographs - Site

Michael Writes Poetry - Purchase

ALZHEIMER’S: A Love Story - Trailer/Rental/Purchase

Invite Michael to Speak to Your Group


With stories and photographs of how the museum came to be and how it found a new home at Chicago Children’s Museum on Navy Pier.


ALZHEIMER’s: A Love Story

A 15 minute documentary chronicling Gregory’s last few months of life.


I would love to hear your comments, compliments, feedback.

CLICK HERE TO: e-mail Michael



Sit With Me A While:

The collected poetry works 2000-2010

Sit With Me A While Longer :

The collected poetry works 2010-2013

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Michael received his BA in Liberal Arts and Sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana/ Champaign in conjunction with studies done at Hunter College in New York City. He received his MA as an Educational Generalist in the area of Gifted Education from the National Lewis University in Evanston. He did his Advanced Certificate work and almost completed his Doctorate in the area of Educational Supervision and Administration at the U of I.

He has worked in a residential treatment research center with children in trouble with the law, helped found a school for children diagnosed with Autism, directed a day camp, and taught pre-school children and teenagers with developmental disabilities.

In the public school setting he started as a substitute teacher and went on to teach fourth and fifth grades, junior high school Spanish, and created as well as served as Director of Gifted Education for the seven schools of Glenview Public School District 34.

He has been an adjunct faculty member of National Lewis University, presented workshops and taught a course for the State of Illinois Department of Education, has had several articles published in educational journals, and twice was awarded a State of Illinois Fellowship in the area of Gifted Education.

In 1999, after thirty years as an educator, Michael retired to pursue other avenues in creativity.

He received a grant from the Chicago Council on Fine Arts for his “Maybe-the-Clown and His Back Pocket Review,” which was performed all around Chicago.

His Book Arts abilities were presented in a show at the Jane Adams Hull House in Chicago and his photographs and jewelry have been part of silent auctions at a number of charitable foundations.

As a Supernumerary with The Lyric Opera of Chicago, he has been an acting-extra for the last thirteen years and has appeared in over twenty operas.

Michael is a collector of collections. His miniature book collection has been on display at the Glenview and Evanston Public Libraries. His collection of North American Indian Arts and Crafts miniatures has been on display at both libraries as well as at the Mitchell Indian Museum in Evanston.

He has created and is curator of “Michael’s Museum” a private collection of hundreds of thousands of miniatures, curiosities, discoverings, trinkets, oddities, artifacts, antiquities, and collectibles grouped into over 100 collections which became a permanent exhibit of the Chicago Children’s Museum on Navy Pier in May 2011.

He is a 2010 alumnus of The Ragdale Foundation, an artist’s retreat in Lake Forest, Illinois, where he won a competitive application, two week residency in Creative Non-Fiction Writing.

Michael’s seed bead crocheted rope necklaces were featured previously at The Pumpernickel Inn Gallery in Union Pier, Michigan. He was one of over 40 artists at The Galleria in Evanston until it closed in 2015. Besides the rope necklaces he developed a line of “Chain Bauble” necklaces and “Little Greeting Boxed Gifts.”

Michel has lived in Evanston, Illinois for the last thirty years and now lives with his two cats, Emma and Gigi, and his memories of his now deceased life partner of 41+ years, Gregory.


Michael is working on a memoir manuscript, is Curator Emeritus of Michael’s Museum a permanent exhibit at Chicago Children’s Museum on Navy Pier which opened in May 2010, writes several BLOGS, has self published two volumes of poetry, consistently posts photographs to his Picasa site, is in the process of creating MICHAEL’S FLEA CIRCUS, and is working on the possibility of a second miniature museum, THE SMALL, a traveling installation. He is the subject and screenwriter of ALZHEIMER’S: A Love Story, a fifteen minute documentary of Gregory and his final days together. One large fantasy project that he is currently working on is called: “ALZHEIMER’S: The Musical, which chronicles his journey with Gregory’s Alzheimer’s Disease inter -woven with Gay history of the last 50 years. He aspired to bringing it to Broadway!


Retired Educator, Writer, Collector, Curator of Michael’s Museum at Chicago Children’s Museum on Navy Pier, Photographer, Book Binder & Artist, Assemblage Artist, Jewelry Artist, Technology Consultant, Supernumerary with The Lyric Opera of Chicago, Fluent in Spanish, Alzheimer’s Caregiver.


"I have figured out the reason I so love opera and musicals ... life is meant to be sung.” (1995)

"Michael’s Museum is my attempt at distilling life into something that can be held in the palm of your hand. A museum of small things. Feel the Magic, Experience the Joy" (2007)

“After my two week residency in non-fiction writing at The Ragdale Foundation, I feel a little taller & like I am walking and thinking a little straighter.” (2010)

“In the end, it all ends HAPPILY EVER AFTER as long as you love and have been loved.” (2013)

“The traditional marriage ceremony quote, “Until death do you part!” is NOT true. True love lasts forever!”

Gregory Maire died peacefully after a brief illness on October 4, 2015, having lived well with Dementia/ Alzheimer’s disease for twelve years

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