Tag: Personal

I'm Back

Let’s just get this out of the way. In the best case scenario over the past few years I was a sporadic blogger.  In the worst case, I ghosted on you all. I’m sorry. The short story is that I needed to get my shit together.  The long story is that I needed to practice... Read more »

Why Do I Need To Buy Something To Use The Bathroom?

Almost a month ago I was denied the use of the bathroom while I shopped at the River North location of Bed Bath & Beyond. After having a nice Palm Sunday brunch with my boyfriend, he reminded me that he had a gift card for the chain and we walked over to pick up a... Read more »

I Saw The Name DeAndre On A Coke Bottle And Nearly Lost My Mind

If you’re any type of minority in this country, the current political atmosphere can, at a minimum, give you reason to worry. If you’re here illegally, you may be deported.  If your immigration status is questionable or has expired—you may be deported. Even if you’re one of the “good ones.” If you’re all of those... Read more »
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The City of Chicago Bag Tax Has Affected My Shopping Habits

I think it’s great that the 7 cent bag tax is changing Chicagoan’s behaviors towards a cleaner city and a more sustainable planet. Huzzah for Mother Earth! I, and many others, don’t like paying for a bag.  Several reports in recent days have noted declining use of plastic bags as one of the early results... Read more »

The Women's March: You Didn't Just March For You, You Marched For All Of Those That Came Before You

As I saw a quarter of million people descend on Chicago last Saturday, it moved me to tears. I’ve run the gamut of emotions since the election, but the most prominent one has been fear. Fear of a President who gives cover to people whose sole goal is to deny me my fulfillment of the... Read more »

I Can't Get A Second Chance But You Can Learn From My Experiences

Last week I was fortunate enough to celebrate another birthday. Now that I am a woman of a certain age in her late 40’s I tend to take stock of where I am, where I’m going in life and where I want to be. Most people would like a second bite at the apple.  To... Read more »
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Woodlawn Scored The Obama Presidential Library, Now What?

I knew something was going on when my phone started blowing up. Text message after text message started pouring in.  Private messages on social media accounts started piling up.  All of them said one thing: The Obama Presidential Library would be in Woodlawn. And not just any old spot in Woodlawn, a site that literally... Read more »

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 »
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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 »