Posts in category "Politics"

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 »

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 »

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 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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »