Category: Blogapalooz-Hour

Blogapalooz-Hour: Laughing at the Darkness

Since I have spent the last four days writing up my notes from Cyber Security Chicago, I missed our monthly call for Blogapalooz-hour, where we have one hour to write on a specific topic. This month’s challenge is…. Write about and describe your sense of humor. (How has it evolved over your lifetime? Is it... Read more »

"Fear Makes Companions Of Us All"

When this month’s Blogapalooz-hour challenge arrived in my email box, I was particularly intrigued by the opportunity to write about a past Blogapalooz-Hour, topic…and once I decided on a topic, the above Doctor Who clip popped in my head. (The above citation is a riff from the classic series episode An Unearthly Child). Writing about this in a... Read more »

Why I Would Hang With the LEVERAGE Crew

Why I Would Hang With the LEVERAGE Crew
After writing about detoxing from Facebook, a fun excursion into one of my favorite shows is in order. This week’s Blogapalooz-hour topic is…. “What fictional character (or characters) would you most like to spend time with and what would you do together?” Of course, my mind instantly went to Leverage, the socially conscious program about a... Read more »
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One Decision With A Big Impact

One Decision With A Big Impact
One of the benefits of being a Chicago Now blogger is participating in Blogapalooz-Hour, where various bloggers write on the same topic. However, tonight’s topic hits a little too close to home. Earlier, we were asked to “Write about a decision you made that changed the course of your life for better or worse.” Of course,... Read more »

How A Chicago Guy Grew Up in St. Louis

How A Chicago Guy Grew Up in St. Louis
Every month, Chicago Now Bloggers participate in "Blogapalooz-Hour", where we all write about a particular topic in one hour's time, and this month's topic is “Write about the first time you felt like you were a grown-up.” What's particularly ironic is that I felt like a grown-up....when I moved to St. Louis and lived there for seven years. Short story - after leaving grad school, moved to Oregon because I got engaged. Planned on settling down, work in the chemical dependency field...and then the relationship ended. After finding a job in St. Louis at the urging of one of my friends, I moved to St. Louis during a very hectic December, living there until I moved back to Chicago in March 2007 because of my mother's health...

Soundtrack For A Young Social Change Advocate

Soundtrack For A Young Social Change Advocate
The past few weeks haven’t been easy, mostly due to some personal and family issues. In fact, much of my time has been spent revisiting the music of my youth….as well as meditating on my “career” in social change. (Oh, and this is also part of Blogapalooz-Hour, meaning that many Chicago Now bloggers will be posting... Read more »
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My (Not-So) Secret Life in Tobacco Prevention

Yesterday, a new-ish colleague and I were having a conversation. You know, the good, old-fashioned get-to-know-you conversations that people tend to have. One of the topics that came up – and which surprised my new colleague – was my background in tobacco prevention. Granted, it happened in St. Louis (rather than Chicago), but in looking... Read more »