Posts in category "Personal"

The Five Types Of People Who Turned Me Into A 20% Tipper

I have had the pleasure of being served by some of the best professionals the hospitality industry in our city has to offer. When I was enjoying their prompt, courteous and brilliant service, I thought I was a good tipper.  Let me assure you—I was not. Did they ever say a word?  Nope. Did I... Read more »

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Unemployment Stories: What Link Doesn't Cover

I am usually in a state of interview readiness. I never know when I’ll get a call for an in person interview or to meet with a recruiter. The professional clothes I have are clean (for now), pressed and hanging in my closet.  Yet maintaining this state of constant readiness comes at a cost—an honest... 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 »

Unemployment Stories: Mental Exhaustion

Tonight a fellow blogger vented about her trying 2014 thus far: “I should feel grateful and blessed, but honestly, I’m tired of dealing with bad surprises. I’m tired of being in a constant state of shock, worry, and panic in my life over my husband and our income and employment and pets and possessions and... 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, 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 »

Mayor Emanuel And Community Values

Did Mayor Emanuel question the values and morality of the residents of violence plagued neighborhoods? Did those words seriously come from his mouth? That, ladies and gentlemen, take a set of stones.  An honest to God brass pair. The mayor has the gall to lay the bulk of the continuing violence at the feet of the people... Read more »

Barbara Ann Smith: The Cold Case Murder

Barbara Ann Smith:  The Cold Case Murder
Three years ago last Thursday, my next door neighbor Barbara Ann Smith was found murdered in her apartment. Her killer has never been caught. Unfortunately, this seems to be the norm on the south side rather than the exception. Despite the fact her killer has yet to be apprehended, I know she hasn’t been forgotten.... Read more »

Uninsured, Unemployed and Obamacare: The Series Continues Tomorrow

Excuse my manners for not wishing you kind readers a Happy New Years. I’ve been a tad preoccupied with a few other pressing matters that I will discuss in later posts. A few of you have been waiting for the conclusion of my ACA/Obamacare series.  Sorry that I kept you waiting but as I said,... Read more »

Unemployed, Uninsured & Obamacare: 3rd Try Is The Charm

After two tries to create an account on last Thursday (10/3), the third try on Sunday (10/6) proved to be the charm. I was asked to create a Marketplace account at 10:25 PM (CST)   Everything seemed pretty standard.  Create a username and password.  So far, so good.  No timeouts.   The typical security... Read more »