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Skills for Chicagoland’s Future Announces New Initiative to Place Unemployed Youth into Jobs with Career Pathways and Higher Education: Skills for Chicagoland’s Future has launched a new initiative – Beyond the Diploma – to connect unemployed and underemployed Chicago youth with jobs and provide them with higher education opportunities, support services and mentoring, and a... Read more »

Note to self: Make realistic goals for the years ahead

My mental note to self is to make realistic goals for the years ahead. I need to make realistic goals now because I’m a bit older, and don’t want to disappoint myself by making a date with my mind that my body can’t keep. It’s so easy to get discouraged when I think about the... Read more »

Handwriting a letter to my son's teacher brings back memories

This morning, I wrote a letter to my son’s teacher for his absence from school yesterday. It felt weird considering the tech age we’re in but it brought back a lot of memories when I was a child. It was in the news recently about whether handwriting or cursive writing should be mandatory. Some were... Read more »
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Lupus and other medications are causing my dry mouth

The thing I hate most about being on a slew of medications is that they give you dry mouth. My mouth is drier than the Sahara Desert, if that’s possible. The more I talk, the worse it gets; it seems like I have a bunch of cotton in my mouth. I also have lupus, an... Read more »

Is Malia Obama's smoking at age 19 and hugging a guy news?

Is Malia Obama's smoking at age 19 and hugging a guy news?
Is Malia Obama’s smoking at age 19 and hugging a guy news? I think not! It may be surprising because of the spotless way she conducted herself throughout her dad Barack Obama’s presidential term. What were you doing at age 19? Truth be told, being 19 was the best time of my life. I was... Read more »

What to do when your pharmacist greets you by name

What do you do when your pharmacist greets you by name? In the beginning, when I started picking up my numerous prescriptions, I was embarrassed. I was embarrassed because a few of them were controlled substances. When I was diagnosed with lupus in 2004, I didn’t sign up for being on a slew of medications.... Read more »

Lupus awareness slowly prevails among celebs and scripted drama series

There are a number of celebrities with lupus but I’m pleased to see that lupus awareness is being included in some reality and scripted drama series. Brianna Culverson, the daughter of Vicki Gunvalson of Real Housewives of Orange County on Bravo TV, shared her diagnosis of lupus last season. Queen Sugar, the beloved scripted drama... Read more »

Aunt Violet on QUEEN SUGAR has lupus

Aunt Violet on QUEEN SUGAR has lupus
Queen Sugar is in its second season on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). It is created by filmmaker/producer Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey is the executive producer. On Episode 14 titled “On These I Stand”, Aunt Violet reveals to her boyfriend Hollywood that she has lupus. Prior to this, she was experiencing dizzy spells, fatigue,... Read more »

Your upbringing determines how you see God

Needless to say, initially, your upbringing determines how you see God. The same goes with what political party you stand with. Little did we know that religion and politics should remain separate as one did not have anything to do with the other. However, as some of us got older and started thinking for ourselves,... Read more »

Knowing the difference between depression and SAD

Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, is a form of depression that comes along during the change of seasons. It’s more common in the fall and winter months but there are some cases in the onset of spring. If you’ve been human for any length of time, you’ve experienced depression directly or indirectly. Things happening abruptly... Read more »