Category: Commentary

2018 In Review

2018 In Review
Every year, this blog examines 2018 in review,  and determines where and how we proceed. This past year, this blog has focused as much on community-based initiatives as much as more personal glimpses into caregiving and freelancing. So I’ll be working on a formal content creation calendar to streamline blogging and provide a more consistent voice.... Read more »

Help ChildServ Help Others Through Their Gift Drive!

Help ChildServ Help Others Through Their Gift Drive!
As  Chicagoland’s leading human service agency for children and young adults, Childserv has a long history of providing assistance for children and families and young adults. Established in 1894. ChildServ provides early childhood learning, foster care, housing, and counseling services to families in the city of Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Under the leadership of CEO Dan Kotowski, Childserv... Read more »

On Thanksgiving and Gratitude in 2018

On Thanksgiving and Gratitude in 2018
Every year, writers, pundits, and bloggers post something about the importance of Thanksgiving and gratitude. I’m not immune, especially since I wrote a guest post for last year’s 30 Days of Gratitude. But this past year, a year which put the “dump” into “dumpster fire”, was especially challenging for those (like me) to try to... Read more »
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Supporting Caregivers During National Family Caregiver Month

Supporting Caregivers During National Family Caregiver Month
My previous post discussing caregiver burnout…well, many of my friends and readers noticed. And I wish I had waited to write it since I recently learned that November is  “National Family Caregiver Month.” And has been since President Obama declared it so in 2012). And this year’s theme, “Supercharge Your Caregiving”, portraying caregivers as superheroes…well,... Read more »

It's Official: I'm Experiencing Caregiver Burnout

It's Official: I'm Experiencing Caregiver Burnout
I really avoided writing this blog post. After a month of solid blog coverage of Cyber Security Chicago and other profiles, writing anything became a challenge. Finishing a short story became a chore, and I found myself upset and depressed. Attempting to find comfort, I came across this article about caregiver burnout… …and realized that I answered... Read more »

Self-Care When Freelancing and Caregiving

Self-Care When Freelancing and Caregiving
Last week, I crashed hard. Between marketing an immigration rights fundraiser and being dragged into a crisis involving a former volunteer gig, I’ve spent most of the past few days relaxing. Losing two assignments have resulted in a more diligent search for freelance work, but my mother’s health issues have meant an increase in caregiving... Read more »
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Facebook, Free Speech, and Social Media

After posting my interview with Dawn Xiana Moon about the Raks Inferno fundraiser on August 2nd, I did what many of my fellow Chicago Now bloggers do in these situations: post a link to this blog’s Facebook page. As a blogger, I feel a responsibility to highlight great nonprofit and community-based initiatives, so featuring this... Read more »

Immigration Rights Fundraiser: A Conversation With Dawn Xiana Moon

Immigration Rights Fundraiser: A Conversation With Dawn Xiana Moon
(Special thanks to Dawn Xiana Moon for her time and her insights) With Americans increasingly divided over immigration policies, those with direct impact – children and families – are often ignored. Raks Inferno is holding an August 2nd fundraiser at Uptown Underground to benefit the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights. Recently, I had the chance to... Read more »

How Do You Get Scott Adams To Block You On Twitter?

Scott Adams of Dilbert
Yesterday, I learned the answer to the question, “How do you get Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert, to block you on Twitter?” It wasn’t an answer I was actively seeking but resulted from Scott Adams explaining the proper use of “pour” and “pore” when discussing documents. (This was in reaction to the President’s recent Tweet). I... Read more »
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How Harlan Ellison Influenced My Writing

Photo by Pip R. Lagenta via Flickr With Harlan Ellison’s recent passing, I have to admit that…well, he’s been on my mind a great deal. Not out of concern…just a group of unread ebooks on my phone. In fact, I was so bored recently that I found – and watched – the 2008 documentary Dreams... Read more »