Hijabi Update: Hard Truths

Hijabi Update:  Hard Truths
Right before I left the house last Saturday, the quiet voice in my head muttered, “Maybe you shouldn’t wear that.” I paused and looked in the mirror and sighed. I definitely needed to change. I was wearing a faded, tight peach-colored t-shirt and tan shorts that told the story of my day: I had been... Read more »

I Never

I Never
Mary Schmich from the Chicago Tribune had a nice column a few weeks ago about stuff she has never done or owned. It seemed like she won the are-you-kidding-me? race when she said she has never owned a microwave. However, her column made me realize that I have quite a few “I nevers” that may... Read more »

Hijabi Update: Messages

Hijabi Update:  Messages
I knew that the shit was gonna get real, but today was the first time that I actually jumped back from my mailbox in alarm. While I was getting the mail this afternoon, I found an envelope with an unfamiliar return address on it. It felt a little heavier than expected and I turned it... Read more »
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Hijabi Update: Getting my Under Scarf Game On

I’ve been wearing hijab for a month now and, for the most part, it has been kind of tough. And I’m not talking about all the side-eyes and weird passive aggressive crap from the alleged Christians in my life either. (Oh – and Jesus just texted me about this too and said y’all are ridiculous.)... Read more »

That Time When Dr. Miss Called out the Fucking Xenophobes

I’ll give you a one sentence abstract here and then you can decide if you want to keep reading: Your xenophobic bullshit is going to negatively impact your bottom line. Still here? Good for you. You must not be a bigot. Welcome, friend.   I work in a diverse community on the south side of... Read more »

Wearing Hijab

Wearing Hijab
  I realized this week that I would have a mental health advantage if I were to merge with an octopus. But before I develop this metaphor further, I need to share a (most likely incomplete) list of the concerns I’ve been carrying in my head: the repeal and non-existent replacement plan for the ACA... Read more »
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This is my Chicago

This is my Chicago
The fuckery has been flying fast and furiously from The Future Former 45th.1   And I don’t think I’m alone in saying that it has been overwhelming to see how swiftly multiple agencies have been impacted by #45’s executive orders. 2 I’ll address my concerns with the executive orders in a separate post, but a recent... Read more »

Learning to STFU

Learning to STFU
While sitting on the bus returning home from the D.C. Women’s March, I have been obsessively scrolling through today’s news and social media feeds, hungry for political news and international coverage of the protest marches.   As part of this, I have seen many POC post about how the Women’s March in D.C. was really... Read more »

Purple Illinois

Purple Illinois
It is November 9th and I’m sitting on my couch, muttering and staring at the television, while the Electoral College tallies turn more and more red. I’m whispering “fuck” every time Wolf Blitzer appears on CNN. “Stop with the ‘election update!’ prattle, Wolf. If you scamper over to that motherfucking map one more time, I’m... Read more »
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WEDU: Interdisciplinary Connections

WEDU:  Interdisciplinary Connections
  – Thanks for joining us, ladies and gentlemen. You’re listening to WEDU, Chicago’s station for all things ed-chu-mah-cay-shun. I’m BOE Bob and I’m here with my capable co-host, Spedder Vedder. – Yeah, thanks, Bob, and hello to Chicago and our dedicated ed-chu-mah-cay-tors out there. May the PERA-Force be with you. – And also with... Read more »