Posts in category "Musings"

Racial Missteps Aren’t Just For White People

We’ve all done it, haven’t we? We’ve all said something that was so breathtakingly racially or culturally insensitive, that you can barely believe it came out of your mouth. God knows I’ve made my fair number of embarrassing racial missteps. Like the time I told a blue eyed, blond haired Latina that she didn’t look... Read more »

Standard Body Of Knowledge: What I Don't Know

Earlier, I asked a question about what should be in a person’s general body of knowledge.  In short, what should be the treasured information that you keep inside your head? While that answer is getting sorted out, I can divulge what I don’t know.  The broad gaps in my own personal body of knowledge. Sure... 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 »
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Gang Graffiti: Should The Neighborhood Be Concerned?

I was out early yesterday morning and saw this bus bench defaced with gang graffiti a block from my home.  In my nearly 13 years of living in Woodlawn, this is the first significant tagging I've ever witnessed.
Early yesterday I noticed something I’ve never noticed before in my part of Woodlawn—an overdose of gang graffiti on a bus bench. It seemed like there were warnings to “Maui town” and  “Hoodgang” to “Lee (leave?) block or get shot.”   Is this the foreshadowing of a gang war off of Stony Island or am I... Read more »

Uninsured, Unemployed & Obamacare: The Conclusion

My journey with the Affordable Care Act—or Obamacare—has been an exhausting one. Yet as most of you know, it wasn’t easy.  Let’s review: After submitting an application on Healthcare.gov, I was told that the information wasn’t transferred to the state level and had to start all over again. I only found out that I had... Read more »

Brooke Kimbrough And The Teachable Moment

I had a reality check thanks to a disappointed seventeen year old in Michigan. And I’m a better woman for it. Brooke Kimbrough is a Detroit high school senior who when rejected by the University of Michigan, staged a protest criticizing the University’s admissions policies as racist. Despite her high grades and decent ACT score,... Read more »
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A Moment of Beauty And Clarity In An Otherwise Ugly World

Since Easter two women were murdered by their husbands with their children in close proximity. A woman was gunned down in front of her house last Friday in a drive by and two days ago a 14 year old killed another 14 year old allegedly because of a boy. As Americans and Chicagoans we find... Read more »

Death of A Teenager: Reality Sets In

On Monday afternoon Endia Martin lost her life allegedly over a boy. Truthfully, the teenager lost her life over misplaced aggression, the actions of a hyper violent adult and a poor choice by another girl. I couldn’t help but think about this scene from season 3 of “Homicide:  Life On The Street:” Now another girl,... Read more »

Alinea Baby? Not In This Establishment

The fine dining world is in a tizzy about the fussy baby that was tweeted about at Alinea last Saturday. The debate rages on about the appropriateness of bringing a small child (or any children for that matter) to a setting that does not cater to their needs. “Yes I should be able to bring... Read more »
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I Don't Care If The French Won't Come To The South Side

I could give a flying fig that the French government advises its citizens against going south of 59th Street. Luckily, I’m not offended that a sovereign state is trying to “go in” on the south side.  Frankly it’s par for the course.  At least the French have the stones to actually say it instead of... Read more »