Posts in category "Personal"

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 »

Luck Be A Lady

Accepting the challenge of Chicago Now’s Blogapalooz-Hour of  “Writing about a time you experienced a remarkable coincidence or witnessed something unexplainable,” I had to flip through the mental Rolodex. What in my life is so remarkable or unexplainable that rises to the challenge of this exercise? Then it occurred to me—pretty much all of my... Read more »

The High Cost Of Drinking And Driving: Someone Dies

The worst imaginable thing happened after the DUI accident that my family member caused. Someone died. A mother gone because of a stupid, selfish decision to drink and drive. The High Cost Of Drinking And Driving: The Other Side Of The Story The High Cost Of Drinking And Driving: Criminal Justice System 101 And because... Read more »

The Boyfriend Chronicles: The Christmas Conundrum

Let me just get it out there:  My boyfriend has questionable taste in Christmas decorations. And when I say questionable, I mean the same taste as whomever selected, pruned and decorated our city Christmas tree. You see he’s a multi-colored flashing light type of guy (with a hideous star to match, Thank you very much)... Read more »

Becoming The Help

For the life of me I don’t know why the average person doesn’t know how to properly set a table. Or make a bed with hospital corners. Or clean silver. Or cook a basic meal. In short, I’ve run into a fair number of people who honestly don’t know how to keep house.  Honestly, it... Read more »

The High Cost Of Drinking And Driving: Criminal Justice System 101

You always think that drunk driving is someone else’s problem. You’re disgusted by the wrong way drivers.  You feel a twinge when you see the horrific pictures of the aftermath.  You yourself may have even driven home—feeling perfectly fine, mind you—after a few drinks. Drinking and driving is always someone else’s problem, until it happens... Read more »

The Boyfriend Chronicles: The Detergent Story

My boyfriend has temporarily moved in with me here on the south side. He is in-between apartments and until he finds another one in a suitable neighborhood on the north side, he is sitting right beside me on the couch. Here’s a few things you need to know about me:  I have no brothers, I... Read more »

Unemployment Stories: Things Fall Apart, Part 2

I tried.  I really, really tried. But I couldn’t do it.  I couldn’t save my mother’s house. Prior to my her death, my sister and her children lived there and presently continue to do so. Circumstances—some known to me and some not—prevented the mortgage from being paid in a timely fashion.  Obviously in my state... Read more »

Unemployment Stories: Things Fall Apart

At the end of the summer in 1979 my mother, my sister and I came home to a big SOLD sign in the front yard of our home. Unbeknownst to us, our landlord had sold the only home my sister and I knew to the hospital across the street.  I have no idea how my... Read more »