Tag: The Unexpected

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 »

A (Literal) Sign Of Confidence For The Obama Presidential Center

This is an interesting and very public development in the discussion about the Obama Presidential Center.  Apparently the residents of the Park Shore East Co-op have chosen a side and are displaying quite the vote of confidence. The only question is will trust be enough to serve both their & Woodlawn’s interests?

Is Woodlawn Real Estate Development Finally Making A Comeback?

Is Woodlawn Real Estate Development Finally Making A Comeback?
After sitting empty for nearly a decade, the trio of buildings that I’ve lovingly nicknamed the Three Sisters, are being marketed for sale. Clearly, the proximity to the Obama Library complex is a strong selling point, as are the luxury finishes listed on the website.  It has been noted that the real estate recovery has... Read more »
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A Mosaic Story Of Woodlawn

The outline and beginning mosaics of the 65th Street viaduct panels.
The folks who completed this beautiful mosaic last year on the Marquette Road are replicating their magic on the 65th Street viaduct this summer.  Last week I strolled down to check in on their progress.

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 »

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 »
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No Mayor Emanuel 2018 Is NOT A Foregone Conclusion

“It ain’t gonna happen in 2018,” Emanuel said Monday at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business in California. “Take a chill pill, man. You gotta be in this for the long haul.” Are you kidding me Mr. Mayor?  Are you absolutely serious about that statement? Give up the fight to take back Congress before it even... 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 »

The Hate Is Real

In early August, I found this message sitting on our work printer. I was frozen. How did this get on our printer?  Did someone put it there?  Were we targeted? At the time I didn’t know that our office wasn’t the only one to receive this type of vile message. Unfortunately, it was only the... Read more »
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Now THIS Is A Sweet Potato Pie Recipe!

Remember that foolishness I showed you all a few weeks ago? It seems like Cooking Panda heard what everyone and their grandmother has been saying:  SWEET POTATO PIE DOES NOT HAVE PARMESAN CHEESE! And boy did they listen.  So much so that they actually consulted the nice ladies at Southern Girl Desserts for help. While... Read more »