Posts tagged "Personal"

Barbara Ann Smith: An Unsolved Homicide Five Years Later

Five years ago today, my neighbor Barbara Ann Smith’s body was found in her apartment. The police came. The press came. Everyone left. And her murder still remains unsolved. Like I wrote last year: I wonder if anyone gives a damn. I wonder if  Ms. Barbara will ever receive justice. The only thing I do... Read more »

10 Signs That I'm Becoming A Black Woman Of A Certain Age

Unlike most of my contemporaries, I very much look forward to my next milestone birthday. I love that I’m becoming a woman of a certain age. Which is a nice way of saying that I’m becoming an old broad.  Considering the alternative, I’m perfectly fine with aging. Yet, despite my soul’s best efforts to continue... Read more »

Anti Cruelty Visit Yields A New Friend

Hot sauce was way more interested in the wall than posing for the camera.
The new inhabitants at my home first made themselves known on Christmas Eve. As dinner was being prepared, my boyfriend’s son notice something scurrying  out of the corner of his eye.  He said that it was a “roach” because he said it moved so fast. I looked at his with a healthy does of skepticism.... Read more »
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My Christmas Secret: I Love Inappropriate Christmas Cards

I love Christmas. It has taken me years to collect my numerous cases of ornaments.  I don’t think that you can ever have too many (white) lights on a tree.  I got up the day after Thanksgiving and bought ten Poinsettias at a big box retailer. I even have two Pinterest boards devoted to Christmas.... Read more »

Ditching Your Leggings? Here's what to wear.

 Last week I wrote a little post about the rules for wearing leggings. Apparently it struck a note with folks.  Feedback flowed from many engaged readers. A frequent concern voiced by my fellow plus sized sisters was about the lack of clothing options for women of size.  “What are we supposed to wear?  Where are... Read more »

Another Chicago Taxi Fail

If it weren’t so sad, my negative encounters with taxi drivers would be high comedy. Regular readers of this blog know of my many encounters with taxi drivers who balk at taking me home to Woodlawn.  I honestly can’t believe that they don’t have a picture of me captioned “DON’T PICK THIS WOMAN UP!” at... Read more »
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Upskirted In River North: The Confrontation

Yesterday I wrote about how I discovered a man standing next to me had a cell phone camera on his shoe. Here’s what happened next… “Your phone is on your shoe.” Then after a few seconds, it hit me—he was taking  pictures (or video) up my skirt. “Is this why I’ve been bumping into your... Read more »

Upskirted In River North: Too Close For Comfort

There were seemingly a million things on my mind as I waited for the bus this afternoon on the north east corner of Wacker and Wabash. What was I going to cook for dinner? God, I’ve got to throw in a load of laundry. Shit, don’t I have to do a grocery list?  When in... Read more »

The Politics Of Park Benches

What’s wrong with this picture? Benches.  In a park.  What could be wrong with that? A great deal, actually. Those benches actually belong on the sidewalk next to the bus shelter, not on a grassy rise in Jackson Park. Your next question is probably “Well who cares where the benches are?   What’s the big deal?”... Read more »
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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 »