Meet Your Neighbor: E G Woode

Meet Your Neighbor: E G Woode
Long ago, I consulted for various neighborhood businesses and organizations which helped me indulge my two loves: local community development and repurposing old buildings. (Much of the latter stemmed from living in a rehabbed furniture warehouse in St. Louis). So when the opportunity came to learn more and write about E G Woode (a new commercial development... Read more »

Book Review: LIKEWAR - The Weaponization of Social Media

Book Review: LIKEWAR - The Weaponization of Social Media
Once upon a time, social media was seen as an online ‘town square’ enabling a diverse array of opinions. Soon, it became a way for marginalized individuals and groups to have their voices heard. Now, in the age of Trump, ISIS, and “Russian bots”, social media has become a weapon for sowing dissension and division.... Read more »

Writing With a Linux Laptop - Screencast

Between caring for Mom and other issues, I have a backlog of posts to write. However, I also wanted to be mindful that this blog sees some activity. So there will be several posts over the next week. However, I wanted to highlight previous posts about working with a Linux laptop. In that spirit, here... Read more »
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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 »

I Code Hire Me: A Case Study in Guerilla Marketing

I Code Hire Me: A Case Study in Guerilla Marketing
(Special thanks to Sean Crowe and Thomas Gorczynski of Hacksmith Labs for their time and insight) For many startups, social enterprises, and nonprofits guerilla marketing can be an effective strategy to drive word-of-mouth and engage their wider audience. with minimal marketing resources. Many job seekers and freelancers face the challenge of effectively marketing themselves in... 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 »
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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 »

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 »
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Meet Your Neighbor: Footprints to Recovery

Meet Your Neighbor: Footprints to Recovery
(Special thanks to Dr. Caitlin Simpson for her time and insights) Long before I blogged for Chicago Now, I trained to be a substance abuse counselor. Although I shifted focus in my professional career, I still have a casual interest in the field, especially tobacco prevention. So I took the opportunity to speak with Dr. Caitlin... Read more »