Posts in category "current events"

10 reasons I am participating in the Women's March on Washington

10 reasons I am participating in the Women's March on Washington
Last week someone asked me, “What are the women marching FOR, anyway?” While the march’s organizers have posted an official mission statement online, the truth is that every woman (and man) has their own personal reasons for participating in today’s march. And in the two days it took me to drive from Chicago to DC, I had time to... Read more »

"Dad told me there is no Santa Claus. Is that true, Mom?"

"Dad told me there is no Santa Claus. Is that true, Mom?"
We have a “magic” advent calendar in which a tiny festive object appears behind the door marked with the corresponding date. This past Saturday revealed a rubber dragon with gold ribbing. The first thing my 8 year old did when his dad dropped him off that morning was open door “17” to discover that tiny... Read more »

"I took my son to the B96 Jingle Bash in Chicago" (Part 4 of 5)

"I took my son to the B96 Jingle Bash in Chicago" (Part 4 of 5)
So I took my kiddo to the B96 Jingle Bash last Saturday: PART 1: The charming ambience of the riff raff seats PART 2: A message for the good men of tomorrow PART 3: Crap + Rap = Crapper PART 4: Can we just talk about Britney Spears for a second? First: pop icon – NO... Read more »
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A selfie-indulgent photo journey through Paisley Park and the "Maul of America"

Nov 14, 2016: “Blue Screen Re-De-Tox”<br><br>Practicing deep breaths and even deeper faith.<br><br>Hmmm. Maybe it would do me good to go see Prince’s house, tomorrow.<br><br>Mmmmmyyyyyyyyyyessss.... And maybe I could should will might sprinkle some purple rain into my hair.<br><br>Yes indeedie.<br><br>"You say you want a leader<br><br>But you can't seem to make up your mind<br><br>I think you better close it<br><br>And let me guide you to the purple rain"
Hey! This is week eleven of my series of teeny-tiny photo essays – one a day, photos by me. If you’d like to join the fun, you can subscribe at the top of the page to receive weekly updates. This is the week I went to Prince’s house….

Week One of the long national nightmare: a retrospective

NOV 7, 2016: “Drag Your Kid to Work Night.”<br><br>In Illinois, a job in social services can feel like an abusive relationship - every day you give your all to ensure that people in marginalized populations live happy, healthy lives, yet you are constantly being told that you are not doing quite enough. (Oh, and you have to beg the state to pay you for doing that work...)<br><br>As I drove home tonight - my kid sacked out in my back seat after hanging out with me while I worked late - I thought about how I’m responsible for only a small part of the lives of about 180 people - and I sincerely want to throw in the towel at least once a week.<br><br>Can you even imagine how crazy awful it is to be the President of the United States? To be blamed for everything that’s wrong with the entire country?<br><br>So...to still want that shitty job after a bunch of people wearing shitty t-shirts said such shitty things about you when you were running against a shitty, shitty man? That's not a power grab - that's a deep, deep commitment to that office.<br><br>Rest up, HRC. History awaits…..God willing.
Here is week 10 of a year long project: a photo a day with a teeny-tiny photo essay to boot. (Photos by J-A-G) We begin this long installment full of hope…..on election eve…..

We will "come together" and "unite" when you admit we have a huge racism problem in this country

We will "come together" and "unite" when you admit we have a huge racism problem in this country
First things first: if you are a Republican Trump voter, you are not the one to be schooling me on unity. Take a snapshot of the Republican national convention, then take a snapshot of the Democratic national convention, then tell me which party truly practices unity. In fact, people like me have been screaming for... Read more »
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World Series Game 5: Images from Wrigley Field - Part 1

World Series Game 5: Images from Wrigley Field - Part 1
Game 4 sucked. But it’s a 7 game series and no one’s won 4 so on Sunday evening, fans put on their big Cubs panties and made their way back to the Friendly Confines for Game 5. I bought a monopod, charged two batteries to full, cleared a 32 GB ScanDisk, parked in my same... Read more »

Third Grade Time Capsule Week 3: A crazy bitch in an Audi, a Star Wars wedding, and an ambitious plan involving my DNA

Hi, you guys. There are 288 days in my son’s third grade year and I’m gonna capture something about each one of them in a virtual time capsule. If you’d like, you can join my daily journey of photo essays on Instagram @when.jennanne.snaps, or subscribe for my weekly roundup on Mondays here on ChicagoNow. Type your email address... Read more »

Nope. I won't play Pokemon Go AND YOU CAN'T MAKE ME!

Nope. I won't play Pokemon Go AND YOU CAN'T MAKE ME!
In the last 36 hours, a phenomenon has taken social media by storm: Pokemon Go OrSomeShit I mean, it came from out of NOWHERE and blasted into EVERYWHERE and now there’s no escape. It’s like my invitation got lost in the mail for a Worldwide Pokemon Go party. Suddenly I’m on the outside looking in and... Read more »
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How to have a broken heart and still be a good parent

How to have a broken heart and still be a good parent
The world has broken my heart, It’s not been just one thing that has taken me out. It’s been a long slow burn of suck. To  deflect accountability for his own shame and self-loathing, a closeted gay man adopted the mask of a “radical extremist” and slaughtered 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando.... Read more »