Posts in category "current events"

Hey, Internet, it's time to put these two phrases to rest

Hey, Internet, it's time to put these two phrases to rest
I know we all have a weekend to get to but real quick: I’d like to nominate two phrases that should be retired from the popular vernacular until further notice. These two phrases have served the web culture well, and should now step down so as to allow fresh, less played-out phrases to take the... Read more »

"Excuse me, but I think there's a chance the people in the seats behind me might be human traffickers..."

"Excuse me, but I think there's a chance the people in the seats behind me might be human traffickers..."
I flew from Phoenix to Chicago last night. Shortly after takeoff, a young girl in the seat behind me began to cry. I knew exactly who it was. I’m always aware of my surroundings when I travel with adults with cognitive disabilities. Sometimes I need to step in and check the gawkers and the mockers.... Read more »

Wouldn't it be cool if baseball could inspire a GENUINE 'pro-life' movement?

Wouldn't it be cool if baseball could inspire a GENUINE 'pro-life' movement?
I took a couple of friends to Sloan Park yesterday to watch the Cubs tie the Brewers in a pre-season game. It was a lovely day of baseball, both on the field and on the Doppler radar. We got to sit closer to the field than we ever did in Chicago! Whaddaya know, professional baseball players... Read more »
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Am I depressed about whatshisface, or just bored out of my mind?

Am I depressed about whatshisface, or just bored out of my mind?
Good Lord. I don’t know if I’m super depressed, or bored out of my gourd. On one hand, we have a participation trophy president being applauded for (finally) wearing a new tie as he proudly announces that he’s going to rescind the protections we have in place to protect Mother Nature/loved ones with pre-existing medical conditions/sacred... Read more »

Holy Shit, you guys. I met Boo Radley this morning!

Holy Shit, you guys. I met Boo Radley this morning!
So for the past few days I have been sharing about my neighborhood Boo Radley house – a source of mystery and intrigue on many a dog walk in the past year or so. Well, hand to God: this morning when I was stalking the Boo Radley House walking the dog, who should walk into the... Read more »

Jesus walks into a bar...

Jesus walks into a bar...
Jesus walks into a bar. “Whisky Sour, barkeep” He says. The Prophet downs the foul wine in one Holy gulp, then slams the shot glass back down on the bar. A beat. Then: “DID I STUTTER?” *** That’s my piece, and I’m hoping for peace. Thank you so much for taking the time to read... Read more »
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It's like our new step-dad is a real motherfucker but our Mom just can't see it

It's like our new step-dad is a real motherfucker but our Mom just can't see it
“Mom, why are you marrying this dude? He’s, like, the worst guy I’ve ever met in my life.” “That’s your opinion, honey. I think he’s unique. He’s not afraid to speak his mind, even if it’s unpopular stuff to say. He tells me what I want to hear.” “He’s a bonafide narcissist, Mom. He says... Read more »

My favorite tree in Chicago has offered its services to #TheResistance

My favorite tree in Chicago has offered its services to #TheResistance
It’s not getting any easier. It might be getting even harder now that we fully understand that the lines in the sand have been washed away: all pretense of decency and integrity has been dragged off the shore by the sharks. I know. My favorite tree (“Rockwell”) senses our despair, and wants to help out... Read more »

Oh, who are the people in your (Muslim) neighborhood? In your neighborhood? In your neigh-bor-hood....

Oh, who are the people in your (Muslim) neighborhood? In your neighborhood? In your neigh-bor-hood....
I live in a neighborhood with one of the largest Muslim populations in the midwest. For me, the national rhetoric demonizing Islam is a personal issue, for it is my Muslim neighbors and my son’s Muslim friends whose faith is being called an enemy of our nation. Last week I decided to step out and face... Read more »
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And then suddenly: a welcome ray of light (No, not because of THAT...)

And then suddenly: a welcome ray of light (No, not because of THAT...)
A ray of light came to me from a most unexpected place, this evening.  No, I’m not talking about the big, beautiful moon in the sky, or that whole “3-0” thing. (Though those things sure didn’t hurt.) Tonight I went to the Local School Council meeting at my son’s Chicago Public School, bracing myself to hear... Read more »