Category: current events

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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »
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Lucid Dreaming during the 'Weekend at Bernie's' presidency

Lucid Dreaming during the 'Weekend at Bernie's' presidency
For the past week I’ve had alarmingly lucid dreams – the kind that prove beyond a doubt that we are spiritual beings having physical experiences. Have you had them? The ones where all the senses are intact, and emotions run as deep as they would without the constant deluge of modern stimuli? The kind of dream that... Read more »

Jumping off the merry-go-round of Islamophobia

Jumping off the merry-go-round of Islamophobia
I participated in a small peace march, yesterday. I joined about fifty adults and children of the Christian faith in a prayer walk: a show of unity and solidarity in the streets of a neighborhood heavily populated with Muslim families. When you are connected with the human beings behind the labels, you can see so clearly just... Read more »

I was a Republican for a month - a cautionary tale (Finale: The Road Back)

I was a Republican for a month - a cautionary tale (Finale: The Road Back)
Recap: The Call to Adventure: I finally claw my way up to lower middle class! The Road of Trials: Uh, oh. Trouble in Ugly Paradise The Abyss: I become a dick who thinks I’m better than others because I can afford things they can’t The Road Back What goes up must come down, and just like... Read more »
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My biggest fear when I really "go there" these days

My biggest fear when I really "go there" these days
My biggest fear when I really “go there” in my mind is that I might one day get myself in big trouble. If freedom of speech continues to be threatened and compromised – if gag orders continue to be placed on people who know things, and if those who misspeak or disagree continue to be... Read more »