Posts in category "Chicago"

How do I deal with all of my White Guilt?

How do I deal with all of my White Guilt?
I have a raging case of white guilt. I don’t know how NOT to feel bad about being a privileged white girl. And by privileged, I don’t mean that my family comes from money. No ma’am, no sir. At best, I’m upper lower-middle class, and I have an Ugly Condo in a modest Chicago neighborhood... Read more »

When a liberal blogger is summoned to the Fox News roundtable...

When a liberal blogger is summoned to the Fox News roundtable...
So, yeah. John Stossel at Fox News asked me, a rather liberal blogger, to be the lefty slant on the topic of trophy culture –  By giving trophies to everyone, are we “wussifying” our kids? Point/counterpoint. ‘Wow. You’re a talker,” his producer said on the phone, then invited me to fly to NYC for an... Read more »

A eulogy for a(nother) dead houseplant

A eulogy for a(nother) dead houseplant
Sorry, Dead Houseplant. I had the highest hopes when I brought you home from the Home Depot plant shelter.  I remember carefully placing you on the car floor, then bracing your sides to avoid a spillover. I was so sure this was the year: that you were going to be my first beautiful summertime flower... Read more »
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Here is why every single American should care about the gun violence in Chicago this past weekend

Here is why every single American should care about the gun violence in Chicago this past weekend
Here are the bare facts: Over the 4th of July weekend, 82 people were shot, 14 of whom were killed. Not surprisingly, these shootings occurred on the south and west sides of Chicago, areas notorious for poverty, gangs, and gun violence: From the Chicago Tribune article: The victims ranged from the 14-year-boy shot by police in the... Read more »

A crabby middle aged city girl reviews a suburban 4th of July parade

A crabby middle aged city girl reviews a suburban 4th of July parade
I’m a city girl. I am not so much a “hater of suburbs” as I am a “lover of big cities.” But I’m well out of my 20’s and have a kid now, so I can no longer live by Chicago bread alone.  These days, I often head north for better parking. Also: I’ve been crabby... Read more »

A question for gun advocates: The floor is yours: What am I missing?

A question for gun advocates: The floor is yours: What am I missing?
Alright, gun advocates, what am I missing? Where is the anecdotal evidence that guns, and more specifically, that military-style assault weapons are a benefit to society? Because here’s all I’m reading about on the subject: a) Guns are slaughtering innocent children in drive-by shootings everywhere, many of them in my own back yard:  Chicago. b)... Read more »
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I love Chicago! (and today, we've been together for nineteen years)

I love Chicago! (and today, we've been together for nineteen years)
Why hey, Chicagobaby. Happy Anniversary! This is my little way of saying “I love Chicago, and I want the world to know!” Now, come over here and sit by me. On this day in 1995, I moved in with you. That was nineteen years ago. My Mom said, “Nineteen years? That’s longer than you were with... Read more »

Hey, Lego, you're right! Everything IS awesome!

Hey, Lego, you're right! Everything IS awesome!
OH my GOD I’m so happy to be alive in 2014!! Life is awesome, these days. I’m going to hang out today with a friend who lives across the country, and I can do so because she flew here IN AN AIRPLANE. IN THE AIR. I get to go meet my California friend in downtown... Read more »

A message for the crappy Mom in Target, yesterday

A message for the crappy Mom in Target, yesterday
Hey, crappy Mom in Target. YOU’RE BLOCKING MY AISLE, DUMMY. MOVE YER ASS OVER! What? You don’t like getting yelled at? Hmm….I would have thought that you would have considered yelling to be a very effective form of communication, seeing how you just yelled at your little girl to BE QUIET, SIT DOWN, AND STOP... Read more »
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Andersonville after dark.....Pure Magic

Andersonville after dark.....Pure Magic
Wow. It’s been a hell of a week…well, month…err, year…..two years….well, two and a HALF years, to be specific. And last Friday night, in Andersonville, I came to a complete stop. And it was weird. I had no mandates of time or head space. So I took a late night walk: a “disco walk” I... Read more »