Category: diversity and inclusion

Mother's perspective of Notre Dame Cathedral & child's First Communion

Mother's perspective of Notre Dame Cathedral & child's First Communion
Almost ten years ago in Paris, near the cobblestone streets and Seine River, I obsessed about my next serving of ice cream, crème brûlée, and the baby boy I carried at 20 weeks pregnant. The Gothic structure of Notre Dame, which translates to Our Lady or Mother of God, took our breath away. When recent news... Read more »

The merits of an Irish goodbye

The merits of an Irish goodbye
Since some Irish may exude a loquacious gift of gab, it seems counter intuitive an Irish goodbye is a ghost exit, but Irish people are rich in paradoxes. Some Irish people are notoriously aloof without blatant emotion, they may prefer a discreet departure. The classic love story of the Irish born boxer from Pittsburgh Sean... Read more »

'The Game of Life' now includes pets & more

During our 2019 Chicago Polar Vortex, we busted out our eight-year-old’s new ‘The Game of Life’. He read the directions and started each contestant with a car, a ‘spin to win’ token, a child via either pink or blue peg, and one pet, cat or dog, and $200,000. Similar to the old school game, characters may... Read more »
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40 simple pleasures for 40 years

40 simple pleasures for 40 years
Ancient philosopher Saint Augustine, who leveraged Plato’s teachings, links forty with perfection. While this new 40-year-old strives for order; we still embrace a life of imperfection, rich in beauty of simple moments and favorite things with loved ones. When little ones whistle — like the birds — they make your heart soar. When you feel overwhelmed with... Read more »

Thoughts on the Catholic Church and sexual abuse

Last Sunday, our priest addressed the Catholic Church and sexual abuse facts directly in his homily. He relayed how he and priest friends met for lunch and addressed the usual church news. Most recently and tragically, 300 priests were named in a grand jury report that reports the sexual assault of more than 1,000 victims in Pennsylvania.  It... Read more »

To be a feminine feminist like Meghan Markle as the monarchy shifts

Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, advocates for equality and justice while exuding beauty and style. The first American biracial person to marry into the royal family, captured the hearts of the masses around the world leading up to her wedding this weekend to Prince Harry. Hooray for the newly weds, who crossed the church threshold... Read more »
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6 good books in honor of Black History Month

Literature helps portray some of the rich history of African Americans in the United States. One of my first memories of Black History Month is reading about Sojourner Truth, the African-American activist and abolitionist for my second grade report. The following are a few of my favorite stories about the unique struggles and triumphs of these... Read more »

Chicago Pride Parade perspective from a resident & inclusion advocate

Chicago Pride Parade perspective from a resident & inclusion advocate
Gay civil rights activists emerged in Chicago during the 1920’s. Historically, the Gay Liberation Movement established the first march in Chicago in 1970 on the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York City. Those first organized marches responded to discrimination. As Chicago anticipates its 48th Chicago Pride Parade this Sunday, we celebrate diversity and honor inclusion. During... Read more »

The feminist Dad with two boys

The feminist Dad with two boys
“Feminist” is not a bad word. It simply means someone who defends the equal rights of men and women. Although my husband, Andy, didn’t grow up thinking of himself as a feminist, he embodies those values. Andy told me about his Aunt Kay since our first date. She founded a successful winery in Milwaukee. She... Read more »
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Lakeview JCYS needs major gifts to continue its programs

Our local Jewish Chicago for Youth Services (JCYS), Michael R. Lutz Family Center – Lakeview, needs a new home to continue its early education services. Thousands of Chicago adults and kids from diverse faiths and backgrounds grew up in the JCYS community of love over the last several decades. Thanks to the hard work of our school... Read more »