Bringing an Aim 'n' Flame to a BLM Gunfight

Bringing an Aim 'n' Flame to a BLM Gunfight
Humility, Day 1: I can’t help but wonder if the folks of central Indiana are keeping their Trump/Pence love on the down low. We camped this past weekend at Turkey Run State Park and I had some mixed feelings about the trip.   On the one hand, I love to go hiking and the terrain of... Read more »

White Fragility and the BLM March

White Fragility and the BLM March
White fragility is real. And white people don’t like hearing that we are part of the systemic oppression of black and brown people in our society. It makes us uncomfortable and defensive and we say stupid things like “Not all white people” in response to calmly presented statements from our African-American colleagues and acquaintances1. Here... Read more »

This is My Resistance

This is My Resistance
Over this disgraceful weekend when a bigoted sheriff was pardoned, and loyal* Americans were no longer permitted to serve their country, I did what I always do: I looked to the future. I thought about the sea of bright faces in my classroom. And, as part of my quest to teach other people’s children to... Read more »
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Marching for Hope

Marching for Hope
It’s funny how hope can change everything. Just this past June, I participated in the Chicago March for Truth with two of my three sons. While we were on the train, I told them that we were marching to demand the release of Trump’s tax returns as well as….well, just about damn near everything else.... Read more »

This White Chick is Going to the BLM March. You Should Go Too.

This White Chick is Going to the BLM March.  You Should Go Too.
The Black Lives Matter march will be next Saturday, 08/26 at the Bronzeville Community Garden from 4-6PM. White folks, I’m not going to sugarcoat it: we need to show up for this. Our community is hurting and we need to support our fellow Chicagoans. And if you think that the #BLM movement does not impact... Read more »

The Phone is Ringing

The Phone is Ringing
My friend Cindy and I try to hike together a few Saturdays a month and we often burn through ten miles in three hours. We zip through the forest preserves and have deep discussions on How to Save the World from the Goddamn Patriarchy. (And just in case you think we take ourselves too seriously,... Read more »
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The Adjustment

The Adjustment
It has been a strange thing to be homesick for movement. I got home from my travels very late on Saturday night and tried to sleep in the following morning. I had gotten used to waking at 5am and I dozed in and out of wakefulness as the sky slowly brightened.  The robins gossiped loudly outside of my... Read more »

When Talent Shows Go Bad

When Talent Shows Go Bad
At the risk of bursting some bubbles, friends, we need to talk about when well-intentioned parents put their children onstage. I know, I know…you’ve all seen my Glamour1 Shots and you may think I’m going to talk about my past life as a young beauty pageant contestant2, but we’ll dissect that nonsense another day. No,... Read more »

The Picasso

The Picasso
The day after the Blackhawks won the 2013 Stanley Cup, my son, Mike, fell and cracked his head open at the base of the Picasso sculpture. It all started when I had the well-intentioned idea of bringing the kids to the city to see the celebratory banners.  Yep, totally winning here in my self-imposed Super... Read more »
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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 »