A caring stranger, a lunatic, worthless employees, and a scary night on the CTA

A caring stranger, a lunatic, worthless employees, and a scary night on the CTA
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” Almost everybody has heard this Mr. Rogers quote. It reminds us that in times of trouble and sorrow, we should look for the good in... Read more »

A rare Thanksgiving gathering with the family is coming soon...

A rare Thanksgiving gathering with the family is coming soon...
Next week, I will be doing something millions of Americans do every year at this time. The husband and I will be traveling to Arkansas, to not only visit my friends, but to spend Thanksgiving with my family. This is rare. Weird even. My family is not the gathering around-the-table to share a holiday meal kind. In... Read more »

Smart Speakers are invading our homes: Will you welcome them in?

Smart Speakers are invading our homes: Will you welcome them in?
I happily admit that I am a gadget junkie, but I have never had any interest in obtaining a smart speaker. For those not familiar, smart speakers are virtual assistant enabled wireless speakers. The more well known versions are Alexa, Google Home, and the upcoming HomePod by Apple. I’ve said repeated that I saw no need for one... Read more »
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iPhone X: Bringing out the fanboy in me

iPhone X: Bringing out the fanboy in me
Just a little over two years ago, I announced that I had left Android and Windows for the Apple world. It was a love affair that just a few days later spawned a post about why Apple is better. Fortunately, I have calmed down since then. I still absolutely love Apple, but I also know... Read more »

Halloween: The Official Start of the Christmas Countdown

Halloween: The Official Start of the Christmas Countdown
It’s finally Halloween. I have so many friends that anxiously await this day every year. They love dressing up, they love going out, and they love scary movies. Since Halloween combines all of these things, it’s their favorite holiday. I also love dressing up and going out, but I could live without scary movies. The exception being the... Read more »

The Truth About Marriage: It Makes You Fat

The Truth About  Marriage: It Makes You Fat
On a chilly Saturday morning in February of this year, my boyfriend, a few of our close friends and I gathered in the lobby of the Allerton Hotel in Chicago. As light snow fell outside, we ventured out of the warm comfort of this Magnificent Mile treasure to head to the Cook County Cookhouse to make the leap from... Read more »
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Recipe: Chicken Biryani (the white guy version)

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Having a husband from South India means that I eat a lot of Indian food. This is astounding as just a few years ago, I wouldn’t touch anything that included curry. However, now it’s a staple in our house. Of course, I am learning to cook my own variations of Indian dishes, and one of... Read more »

Amazon: Why I hate the Wal-Mart of the online world

Amazon: Why I hate the Wal-Mart of the online world
I feel like the lone wolf here, but I have to just say that I think Amazon sucks. First and foremost, their prices are no longer the cheapest. I use the Google Chrome extension WikiBuy, which compares online prices for any product, and I am noticing more and more that Amazon is no longer the... Read more »

Hiatus over: breaking the trend, returning to church

Hiatus over: breaking the trend, returning to church
When I awoke yesterday morning, I did the same routine so many others do on a Sunday morning. I got up, had coffee, read the news, and showered. Then, I did something unusual for me. Actually, it’s something becoming more unusual for Americans in general. I went to church! That’s right, I, a loud, gay, immigrant-loving, equal rights... Read more »
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It's more than 'just change' to food service workers

It's more than 'just change' to food service workers
I was standing in line yesterday buying a drink, when the person in front of me was eight cents short of being able to pay for their purchase. The clerk was about to cancel the purchase when somebody stepped forward with a dime. The customer who didn’t have the change was ever grateful, but then the... Read more »