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Chicago's Auburn Gresham neighborhood: Day 3 Pray Chicago community in focus

Chicago's Auburn Gresham neighborhood: Day 3 Pray Chicago community in focus
On Wednesday, September 7th, I attended an event called Pray Chicago where people of all ages, colors, and denominations joined together with one focus, and that is to pray for the city of Chicago. It was a powerful, heart stirring event.  Afterwards, participants had the opportunity to sign up to pray for all 77 neighborhoods... Read more »

Pray Chicago event at Moody Bible Institute, just what our city needs

Pray Chicago event at Moody Bible Institute, just what our city needs
Last night, I attended Pray Chicago along with a host of other Christians, all coming together to pray for peace and unity for the City of Chicago.  Not once was there a mention of any campaign that singled out one race over another because last night there was only one focus: humanity mattered. We prayed... Read more »

WGN TV's "Violent August in Chicago" video

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I rarely watch the news, not because I want to be uninformed or that I am unconcerned, but simply because I just can not take all of the reports of the violence in Chicago.  It’s not that I don’t care or want to be unaware, but what exactly are we supposed to do with all... Read more »
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Rules of the road, some of the dumbest rules made to be broken

Rules of the road, some of the dumbest rules made to be broken
I am not a rebel rouser. Well, maybe a little. Okay, take two. It is not my intention to break rules. I am a mother of six daughters and I teach them to obey their elders, their teachers, and to be successful in life, follow the rules. What’s hard to teach them are dumb rules... Read more »

Remembering William Larsen, my former student killed in the 87th Street robbery

Remembering William Larsen, my former student killed in the 87th Street robbery
From the moment the inbox message appeared, I knew exactly what it was, only this time it wasn’t about gang violence or a suicide. It was the 87th Street robbery that took place on Saturday night with two of my former students. One I couldn’t quite recall, but the other I knew fondly and affectionately–although... Read more »

Thanks to Chris Christie and Amtrak, I'm putting women out of locker rooms

Thanks to Chris Christie and Amtrak, I'm putting women out of locker rooms
Today marks a first in political history in my life. I am inspired by a Republican candidate, but not to take the kind of action they may want. I am inspired by Chris Christie and Amtrak to implement some order in the women’s locker rooms at health clubs I manage all over the city. Why?... Read more »
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Remembering Risa, my childhood friend

Remembering Risa, my childhood friend
I can remember playing with Risa, my childhood friend, and the hours we spent playing on end like it was yesterday, but it’s actually been almost forty years since those days.  Risa was the daughter of my father’s friend and drinking buddy, so when my dad and Mr. Young, or Chick as he was affectionately... Read more »

The 14th Annual Fall Fest presented by the Village of Homewood: A place where dreams come true

The 14th Annual Fall Fest presented by the Village of Homewood: A place where dreams come true
Ever watched a holiday program and dreamed you could live in a place like the one you see on TV? The setting seems so picture perfect…a place where the people are friendly, the community is diverse, and they have parties with singing and dancing where everyone comes out to enjoy themselves, regardless of age, color,... Read more »

I definitely would have suspended Ahmed Mohamed, and it would have made me sick

I definitely would have suspended Ahmed Mohamed, and it would have made me sick
Ahmed Mohamed is a 14-yr. old boy who was suspended from his Texas school for bringing a homemade clock. School officials believed it looked like a bomb.  Now the kid has won an invitation from the President for a visit to the White House. Hooray for him, and kudos to you Mr. President for trying... Read more »
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Church: Why bother?

Church: Why bother?
When I was growing up, the week did not begin nor end, depending upon your perspective, without church. If you were in my house, or my grandmothers’ houses, you got your butt up and went to church, whether there was a sleepover or party the night before. As a matter of fact, I am squeezing... Read more »
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