You're 16, You're Beautiful, AND . . .

Welcome to ChicagoNow’s Blogapalooz-Hour! You know the drill. Your challenge, if you choose to accept it, is to publish a post in one hour. Here is tonight’s challenge: What are three pieces of advice you would give to your 16 year old self? I had to chuckle a bit when I read this topic. What... Read more »

Why Should you Teach your Kids Kindness and Tolerance?

Short Answer: so someone else doesn’t have to. . . Evolution refers to growth. Growth denotes learning from an experience and moving forward from that place – hopefully to a more enlightened state. I am offering an important lesson here, something we all need to learn. Recently in the Tribune, there was an article of... Read more »

Why All Dogs Should Go to Heaven

Blogapalooz time! This is our monthly writing challenge. Your challenge, if you choose to accept it, is to publish a post in one hour. Here is tonight’s challenge: Write about an animal. It can be a pet. A fictional character. A pest in your house (my personal favorite recently). Although the first animals that come... Read more »
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The Selflessness Involved in Making a Hero

“It’s not what you say, it’s what you do.“ “Actions speak louder than words.“ “Children should be seen and not heard.“ Ever hear any of these? I heard my share of old-fashioned adages growing up. The one that did the most damage? Being seen and not heard. Sit quietly, don’t rock the boat and keep... Read more »

Pit bull adoption discouraged in contemptible upcoming Super Bowl video

Following a lead from our community editor this morning about a twit (yep, not a typo) regarding an upcoming ad during the Super Bowl. SUPER BOWL COMMERCIAL THAT SAYS “DO NOT ADOPT A PIT BULL” – Share this to help show that pit bulls are too dangerous to adopt! #DoNotAdopt, #DangerousDogs, #DogBiteLaw, #Dogs, #BSL, #BanTheBreed... Read more »

We’re all entitled to our opinons, no matter how asinine

I realize when a letter to the editor hits the paper that they are probably not reviewed for stupidity, but I am taking a moment to review this one. As a commercial driver, I don’t want to share the road with pot heads. But I do support legalization of marijuana in Illinois. The state legislature... Read more »
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A Veterans Day Thank you

The Big Guy received this from our granddaughter for Veterans Day. If you know a Veteran, thank them. I couldn’t have said it better.

The Inconvenient Truth about Sexual Assault

I am not shocked, but I am saddened by the recent allegations of sexual assault in the news. It is not a surprise to me that this has been an ongoing issue for decades. I know these things because, I am, after all, a woman. I think that is a SICKENING reason, but to know... Read more »

Don’t let saving for someone else’s posterity bite you in the ass

As I rapidly approach the beginning of another trip around the sun, I need to reflect on this past years’ journey. This is the first segment. The new year started off with more packing up our home. I am still in awe as to how much shit we had amassed throughout our last 40 years... Read more »
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Las Vegas, Gun Control and Mental Health

As I sit here at my computer and my heart breaks for the senseless loss of life in Las Vegas last night, a few causes begin to form in my mind. Namely, Mental Health, Gun Control and Terrorists. There are those encouraging a resolve, but do any of us really have one answer? I believe... Read more »