Archive for August 2011

Spanx Work But They Sure Aren't Sexy

Much has been written about the wonders of Spanx. A scrappy entrepreneur with a great idea persevered and started an undergarment revolution. Women from all walks of life voted with their wallets and made Spanx a multi-million dollar company.  As far as I and many others are concerned, there is no summer dress season without... Read more »

Inaugural South Shore Summer Festival Set For This Saturday

Inaugural South Shore Summer Festival Set For This Saturday
Like baseball and dining alfresco, summer festival season is one of Chicago’s great warm weather traditions.  The South Shore neighborhood is joining the fray with its inaugural summer festival this Saturday from 10:00 AM to 8:00PM.  The revelry will take place on 73rd Street between from Stony Island to Ridgeland Avenue. Vendors, entertainment and a... Read more »

Aggressive Panhandling On The 6 Jackson Park Bus---Part 2

Aggressive Panhandling On The 6 Jackson Park Bus---Part  2
“It looks like she already had too much pie.” Those nine words released my inner sister girl; my honey badger alter ego—the woman who will go there with you. I turned my gaze toward him and said, “You didn’t have to say that about her.  She didn’t say anything to you.” “You look like you’ve... Read more »
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Aggressive Panhandling On The 6 Jackson Park Bus---Part 1

Aggressive Panhandling On The 6 Jackson Park Bus---Part 1
The man in the picture above is an aggressive panhandler. I know this because he was on my south bound 6 Jackson Park bus approximately around 9:40 last night trying to sell his “artwork” and “poetry.” When that didn’t work, he would try the sympathy route and claim that he was a Vietnam Veteran who was... Read more »

The London Riots: The Big Picture

This London foolishness is jaw dropping.  By now the world has witnessed the wholesale destruction, the loss of property and the wanton lawlessness. What stands out to me amidst this unrest is that the rioters are destroying their own neighborhoods.  Unfortunately once those stores and houses are burned to the ground, there won’t be businesspeople lining... Read more »

City's Neighborhood Improvement Program Provides Grants For Home Repairs

Chicago’s must lamented TIF districts are as confusing as they are controversial. Much has been written about their existence, their usefulness and their primary goal of spurring development in blighted areas. Yet some Chicagoans might be surprised to discover that a component of some of the TIF districts is the little known Neighborhood Improvement Program.... Read more »
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Why Susan G. Komen For The Cure Still Matters

A Susan G. Komen for the Cure grant to St. Francis Hospital in Evanston enabled me to receive my first mammogram when I was severely overdue. A few weeks ago, I went back for my yearly exam because the procedure isn’t fully covered under my insurance. What my insurance does offer is a “Wellness benefit”... Read more »