Archive for January 2012

A question of skin

(All quotes are from the Chicago Tribune article of January 22, 2012) When I opened my Sunday Chicago Tribune to the headline, “Remap driven by race issues, self-preservation” I felt physically ill. A large gulp of hot black tea mixed with a dash of almond milk brought me back to my senses as I glanced... Read more »

Someday isn't in my calendar

Every year my daughter sends a wall calendar with photos of the grandchildren from during the past year. This year’s calendar is hanging up before me. Though I’ve leafed through every page, I can’t find Someday. There is Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday-Friday-Saturday-and Sunday, but no Someday. Was she gypped? So the question is, if common parlance we say... Read more »

Connie Duckworth: An Agent for Peace and Change

(PR Release from International Women Associates-IWA) Well before recent sensational news coverage of women’s rights struggles overseas,in areas like Tahir Square where ten thousand Egyptian women urged the military to stop the violent practice of stripping and dragging women protestors into the streets, Connie K. Duckworth has been a change agent for peace and women’s economic empowerment in the U.S.... Read more »
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The Chicago Way to Push the People About

Reality and I have always had a fleeting relationship. If you’d lived in Latin America where magic realism isn’t just a literary device but is also a life experience–you’d understand. Nevertheless, it was quite a surprise to find that sometime between drinking my morning tea in the 2nd Ward with the VERY reliable and helpful... Read more »

What if....?

What if in 1588 the Spanish Armada had succeeded? England, overtaken by the richer Spain, would have become a colony. My great-great-greats would have grown up speaking Espanol. What if the few colonists in the Americas had become a part of just another colony of the imperial Spain? In the New World baseball would have... Read more »

International Women Associates (a.k.a. IWA)

What is the power of women? I’ve seen women’s groups who bicker like a barnyard hen house. Women who have worked to raise thousands and thousands of dollars abroad, to help the country where they live through organizations like Habitat for Humanity. And now I see IWA–a Chicago-area group that connects women who have a... Read more »
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The Rat in the Toilet

Leaves pile up at the foot of the dogwood tree where the bored 11-year-old girl sits perched like an eagle, gazing expectantly out to the horizon. If only something would happen, if only there was something new, something different. That evening she feels like she won the lottery when told by her parents that they... Read more »
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    I was an accidental expatriate; love and marriage led me to it. One day I was a bandy-legged kid sitting atop my dogwood tree looking out of my small backyard world in 1950s New Jersey, wanting to move somewhere--anywhere, different. Next thing I knew my father had accepted a job in Houston TX. I was ecstatic, it was a foreign land in 1961 America. After high school graduation, my parents’ gave me a matched set of fawn-colored hardsided American Tourister luggage. Taking the hint, I went to college; well four colleges in five years--it was the 60s after all. Meeting a young hirsute anti-war, soon-to-be-Peace Corps volunteer, I fell in love. After finishing up college coursework for my degree, but before I even walking a graduation stage, I grabbed the paper airline ticket my boyfriend had sent me, my brand-new passport, and was off to the airport and Lima, Peru.

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