Category: Friendship

8 Years Later: The Unsolved Murder of Barbara Ann Smith

Last week was the eight year anniversary of the murder of Barbara Ann Smith. To the best of my knowledge, her murderer has never been found and brought to justice.  Whether it’s a situation of scared witnesses or overwhelmed police detectives, unsolved murders in Chicago seem to be the norm.  Barbara’s is no exception. My... Read more »

Unemployment Stories: The Judgment Of Others

It has been very difficult to share my unemployment stories. I’m not used to being vulnerable.  Even if I didn’t take the time and sit down to post these stories I’d still feel exposed. For some reason at this juncture of my life, I feel people’s silent judgments and condemnations. For the most part it... Read more »

Why Would A White Person Move Into A Black Neighborhood?

Haven’t you ever wondered what motivates a white person to move into a black neighborhood? I have. As the weather breaks and long lost neighbors return to outdoor activities, I see my white neighbors and I start to wonder. I start to wonder about their personal story. I start to wonder how they found their... Read more »
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When You Refuse My Invitation Because Of My Neighborhood, I Take It Personally

I am acutely aware of where I live. I realize that the name Woodlawn doesn’t spring to most people’s minds when it comes to naming one of Chicago’s choicest neighborhoods. I know the south and west sides are awash in violence.  And yes, some of that violence occurs in Woodlawn. As I’ve stated previously, I... Read more »

Foreclosure Stories: The $20,000 Loan

I had a potential deal on the table to purchase my condo for $20,000. The only problem was that I didn’t have that kind of money.  Actually let me rephrase that, I didn’t have any money. I’m still “in-between jobs” and what assets I had were depleted long ago. In case you didn’t know, banks... Read more »