Today was election day in Chicago. According to the Chicago Tribune’s latest report, voter turnout was about 40-45%. This, the article states, is not quite the 50% we were aiming for, but is better than the usual 33% (for municipal elections). It’s a sad day when people are excited about the possibility of a 50% voter turnout. I know that voting for aldermen and water reclamation people may not be as glamorous as the President of the United States or even Governor or Congressman…but really? Having grown up in Chicago and witnessed the machine politics of the 80s, I can Read More
…when to fold ’em. The ol’ Gambler strikes again. I have had quite a heavy load on my plate these past few weeks, and some days it’s a struggle to get in a blog post. It’s already past my bedtime, yet I was trying to think of something meaningful to post. Then the lyrics from “The Gambler” popped into my head. When Wisdom knocks, I have to answer. And tonight, Wisdom said, “Time to fold ’em and call it a night.” So my word for the day is “self-care.” Try it, you won’t regret it!
Years ago, a coworker borrowed a nickel from me for the vending machine. He returned the nickel a few days later, making a joke about God giving back to us when we give. Though he was only joking, it was a powerful message that I needed at the time. So I taped that nickel to my wall as a reminder. The plastic ID holder in my wallet finally gave up the ghost this evening. Going through the contents was like a brief journey to my past. During that journey, I came across a card I’d put in a specific spot Read More
I had a few ideas for thought-provoking posts, but a story on Fox Chicago News presented a question that was too good to not explore: Should high school wrestling allow boys and girls to wrestle each other? Why or why not? I say no – not because “men are stronger than women,” but because – well, have you seen some of those wrestling moves? So, what do you say?
Today’s blog comes early because I have a few moments to spare – and because I’m interested to hear some responses to the topic. I read an article today about a teacher who is fighting to keep her job because of things she said on her personal blog. Please take a moment to read the article by clicking on this link, then share your thoughts below. (By the way, today’s title is a direct reference to the article.) Some questions to ponder. Should people be penalized for things they say on their personal blog? Do we really have the freedom Read More
I have enough homework to keep me busy for weeks. Yet, I’m watching “Touched by an Angel” on the Hallmark Channel and thinking – once again – that I should look into if it’s available for purchase in some kind of box set. What’s really exciting is that I seem to have caught the very first episodes of the very first season. The fact that this excites me should make me ashamed of myself, but it doesn’t. I keep trying to figure out what it is about the show that appeals to me so much. Sometimes I think that it’s Read More
We’ve all heard the phrase “you learn something new every day,” but do we all believe it? Sometimes, we “relearn” some things…meaning, there are facts that you pick up over time that get pushed to the back of your mind. Then, one day, you come across something and think, “Wow! I didn’t know that…or maybe I did…” That’s how I felt as I read an article about Black History Month. While I know most of the origin of how the month came to be, I read something in the article that seemed new to me. It explained that Carter G. Read More
I’ve seen a couple of articles over the past week that suggest including charities as recipients of the excessive amount of money that will be spent in celebration of Valentine’s Day. You’ll never hear me arguing efforts to raise money for charitable organizations, so… Should you find yourself in the giving mood, here are a few organizations to consider showing your love to: Organizations that serve children/families: Spark Ventures, One Heartland, Caroline Wambui Mungai Foundation Arts Organizations: Hyde Park Suzuki Institute, Chicago Music Association
I published my first blog post on December 31, 2010 and set a goal of publishing a post a day. I have stuck to that goal – despite crazybusy days, illness and plain old exhaustion. Until yesterday. I’d made plans to hang out with friends yesterday evening and had expected to be home before midnight. I’ve been meaning to get into the habit of pre-writing some posts that I can have on hand “in case of emergency,” but that just hasn’t happened yet. Yesterday, I figured I’d have enough time to write a post when I got home. Not so. And I’m okay Read More
Tonight, as I watched the local Fox station, there was a big segment highlighting an American Idol contestant from the Chicago area. It caught me off guard because they spoke as if he was the only contestant from the area. I know that’s not true, though, because I happen to know one of the other contestants personally: Peter Frank, the guy with two first names and a Chicagoan. Join me in supporting the “local guy.” Click this link to check out his video.