Tribute to the orange line on its 25th birthday

On this Halloween night I was reminded by a Tribune piece that today marks the 25th anniversary of the Orange Line, something those who live on the Southwest Side or commute regularly between the Loop and Midway Airport can easily take for granted.  But getting downtown from more outlying areas of the city wasn’t always... Read more »

The time at summer camp when I was not a happy camper

Tonight’s blogapalooza challenge (and it”s definitely a challenge) is: 
Write about a story you’ve never told to anyone before. Nothing like sharing something novel about yourself on an Internet platform.  Or, if you’re like me and you like to talk, it can be hard to think of something that you haven’t actually told some one. ... Read more »

Enjoying the outdoor wonders of summer

Tonight’s blogapalooza topic: What is your favorite place in the world? Is it a room? Your home? A vacation spot? Write about it! Do I have to pick just one?  There are actually a couple that come to mind.  I absolutely love being outside, especially during spring and summer.  One of my favorite spots to... Read more »
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Carnival Camaraderie

Tonight’s blogapalooza challenge: What is your favorite summer memory from your school years? When pondering this question, there isn’t really one single memory that jumps out at me, but beginning when I was around thirteen, one of the highlights of summer was the annual carnival held by our local Catholic church, St. Daniel’s in Garfield... Read more »

President Trump: Please do yourself a favor and don't pardon Rod Blagojovich

When I first saw the headline suggesting that President Donald Trump may commit former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich’s prison sentence, I hoped it was fake news, but I knew better. Since he’s been in office, the president has been using his power to pardon his political allies.  His ties to them appear to be his... Read more »

Note to my 16-year-old self: Don't follow the crowd

Tonight’s blogapalooza challenge:  What are three pieces of advice you would give to your 16 year old self? When I was 16, I thought I knew everything.  High school graduation and the beginning of college couldn’t come soon enough.  I thought I was ready to take on the world.  When I think of some sage words... Read more »
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In light of Chicago's alarming number of carjackings, it's wise to be prepared

Understandably, the recent spate of carjackings that extended from Chicago’s West Side to the Gold Coast has left many residents on edge.  While a lone culprit, who has since been taken into police custody, is responsible for the latest spree, this case is just another reminder that this alarming trend is not going away.   The... Read more »

Six Things That Can Keep Me Up At Night

Tonight’s Blogapalooza challenge Write about something that keeps you up at night. Do I have to pick just one?  Several things are coming to mind right now.  Coffee.  A few months ago I met up with some friends at a coffee shop in the evening.  I don’t really notice how much caffeine gives me a... Read more »

Growing Up With Sydney

Tonight’s blogapaloza challenge: Write about an animal. It can be a pet. A fictional character. A pest in your house (my personal favorite recently). When I was in second grade, my family and I started visiting animal shelters in search of a cat to adopt.  In early February, we visited the Humane Society in Chicago... Read more »
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Are youth protesters ready to be the agents of change they are seeking?

I’ve been following a lot of the media coverage about the youth-led anti-gun violence protests, especially the ones in and around Chicago.  I’m especially encouraged to see Chicago Public School students reaching out to the survivors of the attack on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. It’s admirable that these kids– many of... Read more »