The First Time I Felt Like an Adult

The First Time I Felt Like an Adult
Have previously pondered this question….Felt it was significant to acknowledge the moment or instance which created a line in the sand between being a mere living-for-the-moment adolescent and evolving into an actual responsible adult. Assuredly everyone will be able to recall when they drew their own line in the sand. For me, this mark of... Read more »

Best Decision 2015

The best and ‘brightest’ decision I made in 2015 was to pursue my blogging aspirations and submit my idea for a blog to ChicagoNow. Lo and behold, the idea for ‘The Bright Side of Chicago’ was born and out of the generosity of the ChicagoNow Editor, Jimmy Greenfield, my my idea was approved and I... Read more »

HIGHLAND PARK, Ill makes headlines by upholding ban on Assault Weapons

 While much negativity and darkness has surrounded the gun buying and carrying debate, every once in a while, a little glimpse of goodness and light comes through. The most recent positive development in this realm, I am proud to say, comes from the city of my upbringing, that of Highland Park, Ill (HP to those familiar.)... Read more »
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Protest Organizers to End Corruption of Chicago Police Cover-Ups Demonstrate Community Activism at its Best

It takes a certain type of person to build a coalition which, after picking-up momentum, eventually may evolve into a movement. Chicagoan Quovadis Green, community activist and member of One Chicago, is one such individual. Credited with organizing the protest of the Chicago police shooting incident involving Laquan McDonald which, as of early evening on Tuesday, November 24,  has now gone... Read more »

Give Thanks This Thanksgiving and Mean It!

With November comes the falling of leaves; a nip of frost in the air and, the all-too-real possibility of snow on the ground. At this time of year, our thoughts tend to quickly turn to the nearness of holidays and end of year finalities. More specifically, we are likely to begin thinking in blitz-filled streams... Read more »

Saint Stanner of St. Leonard's Ministries

Saint Stanner of St. Leonard's Ministries
Some days (or everyday) you just need a role model. Someone who inspires you and everyone around them on account of the good things they are doing and the good stuff they are imparting to others. For me and countless others, one such role model is Nancy Stanner, the Director of Education at the Michael Barlow Center (MBC), part of St.... Read more »
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Off the Street Club Gives Back Halloween to Kids in West Garfield Park

The ‘Witching Hour’ is almost upon us. The time when little (and big) kids (and adults) will play dress-up in some type of imaginative way and walk the streets in search of sweet treats. Yet, for some kids who live in Chicago’s West Side neighborhoods, the simple pleasurable experience of going house to house and asking for candy is one in which,... Read more »