Posts in category "Chicago neighborhoods"

No Pledge or Anthem = No Money for a CPS School

How long does it take to stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance or stand quietly or sing as the National Anthem is played in a CPS ‘public’ school? Maybe, 10-20 seconds for the Pledge and 60-90 seconds for the Anthem. Both seem like short times, but, many CPS schools don’t require their students to... Read more »

A Small Act of Kindness Speaks Volumes

An interesting thing happened after the Lane Tech and Taft high school football game on Friday night and I was so fortunate to witness it. And, I hope this story of an act of kindness and compassion will let people know of the good there is throughout CPS and not the negative CPS stories which... Read more »

Dibs Chicago: The Outdoor Garage

In Chicago, snow means a number of things. But to most it means longer traffic times and shoveling out your street parking spot. And, with the shoveling of your parking spot comes the unwritten rule of saving your spot: Dibs. Why should someone too lazy to brave the weather and do the shoveling profit from... Read more »
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A Voice Lost and She'll Be Missed...

Why do people write to newspapers and voice their opinions, allowing perfect strangers to read about their personal experiences and beliefs? Is there a secret letter-writers society with a secret handshake and a decoder ring given to all its members? A lot of people have asked me similar questions to these throughout the years, and... Read more »

Whatever Happened to Bernie the Clown, Preacher Man, and Buddy?

Whatever happened to Mike the butcher, Bernie the clown, Wally the telephone guy, or Barb the hairdresser? And, whatever happened to the tradition of naming your eldest boy after his father, who was named after his father? Hey, I didn’t like being called ‘the turd’, but, it was worth it to me to be named after... Read more »