10 things I liked about the polar vortex

10 things I liked about the polar vortex
Okay, before you have me committed or send any verbal fisticuffs my way, let me explain.  I didn’t like the frigid temperatures. I didn’t like worrying about whether the furnace would break down or the pipes would burst (Thankfully, neither occurred). I hated the idea that people had to work outside under ungodly conditions, mostly... Read more »

Sometimes you aim to be the best. Sometimes you just want not to suck

Sometimes you aim to be the best. Sometimes you just want not to suck
  It was a frigid, finger-numbing night, business as usual for Chicago in January. But this evening I did something highly unusual: I went to the first meeting of a community chorus group. I went there, not to listen to music, but to sing. This wasn’t just something outside the box for me. It was... Read more »

The left has a problem with anti-Semitism and the fact that some don’t see it is a problem

I’m a Democrat. I’m a person of Jewish heritage. I count myself among those who can’t stomach Donald Trump. Still, I’m saddened and disturbed that there are hints of anti-Semitism among some of my fellow liberals. A little over a week ago, I shared a New York Daily News article on Facebook about how it’s time... Read more »
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10 reasons why I'm voting for Sean Casten for Congressman

10 reasons why I'm voting for Sean Casten for Congressman
The November 6th election is not a presidential election so you may think it doesn’t matter whether you vote or not. Wrong. This election will determine the balance of power for our nation–if Trump’s policies fly through Congress or Democrats actually have a say in things. That’s just one of the reasons why I’m voting... Read more »

Yes, I believe Dr. Blasey Ford, but I am haunted by two words: Gary Dotson

Yes, I believe Dr. Blasey Ford, but I am haunted by two words: Gary Dotson
It’s over. Brett Kavanaugh was just confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court. For the record, I believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. I don’t believe Kavanaugh. But the uncomfortable truth is that there have been women who have lied about sexual assault and rape. One of the more well-publicized examples is the 1987 Tawana Brawley case,... Read more »

One thing we've learned from the hearing: Parents need to teach boys not to disrespect or sexually assault girls

One thing we've learned from the hearing: Parents need to teach boys not to disrespect or sexually assault girls
This is not about the accusations made against Judge Brett Kavanaugh nor directly about the hearing. While I have my opinions about all of it, I won’t express them here. For now, I’ll leave that job to others. The hearing, along with Trump’s ridiculous tweets questioning why Christine Blasey Ford didn’t report the attack immediately, and the #MeToo... Read more »
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The tale of the remarkable Glynda Stewart and how she might still be here today if she had health insurance

The tale of the remarkable Glynda Stewart and how she might still be here today if she had health insurance
Glynda Stewart died in 2006, but, lately, she’s been on my mind a lot. Maybe it was because her birthday just passed. Maybe it’s because it’s summertime, which was always a fun time to hang around with her. Any warm weekend, you could count on her to say yes to garage saling, festivals or flea... Read more »

Trump was right: It's time to bring federal troops to Chicago

Trump was right: It's time to bring federal troops to Chicago
Understand upfront I agree with Donald Trump about practically nothing. But last year he threatened to send in “the feds” to quell Chicago’s violence. And though it pains me to admit it, if Trump’s offer/threat still stands, we need to take him up on it. It’s time to bring in federal troops. (Although what exactly Trump... Read more »

Who's Newton Minow and why you should care

Who's Newton Minow and why you should care
I apologize in advance for this social media braggadocio: Newton Minow proclaimed that my blog post was “thoughtful.” Excuse me while I do a happy dance. He said it in a Tribune op-ed about how Governor Bruce Rauner and rival JB Pritzker should dig into their deep pockets to help the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation.... Read more »
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How Abraham Lincoln could get Bruce Rauner or JB Pritzker elected governor

How Abraham Lincoln could get Bruce Rauner or JB Pritzker elected governor
I can’t stand watching the Rauner and Pritzker television commercials. Guess what, fellas? What you’re saying isn’t news to me. Not the toilet stuff, Mr. Rauner. Not the nine homes that Rauner owns, Mr. Pritzker. And even if these things were news: Do I really need to hear the same messages over and over again,... Read more »