Posts in category "Trump"

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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »

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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Our Wizard of Oz

Our Wizard of Oz
Trump is the Wizard of Oz. And, no, I’m not referring to the “Great and Powerful Oz,” the smokey apparition that was firing zingers at Dorothy and Co. (However, on further thought, that model kind of fits too.) I’m referring, instead, to the other wizard in the story. There is a pivotal moment when Dorothy’s... Read more »