Posts in category "Human Nature"

So Many Cringeworthy Moments, So Little Time

So Many Cringeworthy Moments, So Little Time
The last Wednesday of each month is usually designated for Blogapalooz, a writing exercise that gives ChicagoNow bloggers an hour to write about a topic provided at 9:00 PM. Today, however I got the following, unexpected email from editor, Jimmy Greenfield: “Welcome to ChicagoNow’s first-ever Surprise-a-palooza! Your challenge, if you choose to accept it, is... Read more »

Is It Possible That Even the Most Progressive Among Us Can Suffer a Bout of Deplorability?

Is It Possible That Even the Most Progressive Among Us Can Suffer a Bout of Deplorability?
If you’ve been here before, you know that I’ve been rippin’ on Donald Trump since he first threw his hair into the presidential race back in June of 2015.  I’ve had only contempt for the man since 2011. I was also quick to snatch up and use the term “Basket of Deplorables,” first coined by... Read more »

Decisions, decisions, decisions

Decisions, decisions, decisions
If this is the last Wednesday of the month, then this must be Blogapalooz Hour, which began an hour ago with an email from the Grand Puba.  That email contained the following: Your challenge, if you choose to accept it, is to publish a post in one hour.  Here is tonight’s challenge:  You made a... Read more »
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Merry Christmas to you and if you have a problem with that, you need to grow up

Merry Christmas to you and if you have a problem with that, you need to grow up
Merry Christmas, I mean it.  In fact, I actually like to say it.  Merry Christmas.  Something about saying it makes me feel good and I suspect that’s true for a lot of people. Saying, “Merry Christmas” is neither politically correct nor politically incorrect.  It is a simple wish for peace or joy or happiness in... Read more »

Reach out and touch yourself

Reach out and touch yourself
“Reach out and touch someone” was a great marketing campaign that began in 1979 and ran through most of the 80’s.  It was an attempt by AT&T to soften its image, which was that of a monolithic giant.  It was, at that time a monopoly.  It was “Ma Bell.” That slogan, which may seem more... Read more »

Black people would be a lot happier if they could just be more Jewish

Black people would be a lot happier if they could just be more Jewish
Black people could end the cycle of poverty and despair, if only they could just be more Jewish.  That, at least is the opinion of one New Yorker,  My Sharona. Don’t hold the New Yorker thing against her, it’s Upstate NY,  not NYC. The discussion snuck up me, like discussions sometimes do.  I try to... Read more »
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Back to a future where Mel Gilbson might be cool again

Back to a future where Mel Gilbson might be cool again
I’m not good with deadlines, even when they’re self imposed.  Imagine a scenario, if you can where I get an email at 9:00 PM telling me to write a blog and publish it at 10:00 PM.  In this case, the marching order is, “Pick any point of time in the future and write about what... Read more »

Bill Cosby heads to Denver as another accuser steps forward

Bill Cosby heads to Denver as another accuser steps forward
Las Vegas dancer Chloe Goins came forward last month with allegations of sexual abuse at the hands-or tongue-of Bill Cosby.  Last week, she filed a police report detailing those accusations. Ms. Goins, who was once arrested for underage prostitution-you have to be 21 to have sex for money in Nevada-told Los Angeles police that she... Read more »

I miss the brother I never had

Is it possible to miss something you never had?  I think it is, although my psychologist would probably tell me that it’s just another form of regret, something I need to get over. But I wonder. From the time I can remember, I daydreamed about a brother sharing my life.  Sometimes it was a twin... Read more »
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Michael Sam's kiss leaves much to be desired

Images of Michael Sam jubilantly kissing his boyfriend, Vito Cammisano reached saturation point on network news, ESPN and Twitter.  The occasion was Sam being picked up by the St. Louis Rams in the 7th round of the NFL Draft. Good for him.  Sam is the first openly gay athlete to be signed to a professional... Read more »