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 »

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 »
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Why Melania wore the jacket

Why Melania wore the jacket
Yesterday, Melania Trump wore THAT green jacket with the words “I DON’T REALLY CARE, DO U?” scrawled across the back of it. She donned it  during a journey to Texas, where she visited facilities which houses immigrant children who were separated from their parents at the border. The message on the jacket left most of... Read more »

If Trump's goal is to stick it to Chicago, freeing Rod Blagovejich is genius

If Trump's goal is to stick it to Chicago, freeing Rod Blagovejich is genius
Donald Trump is all puffed up after his meeting with fellow weird-hair-club member Kim Jong Un. Fox News’ Sean Hannity was fawning all over Trump about it. (Never mind that Republicans were highly critical of Obama for saying he would meet with our enemies). But for the rest of us, a day doesn’t go by without Trump... Read more »

The police acted horribly to NBA player Sterling Brown but what he did was messed up

The police acted horribly to NBA player Sterling Brown but what he did was messed up
From all indications, what the police did to Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown was racially motivated, inexcusable and terribly, terribly wrong. Brown didn’t deserve to be tackled, tased and terrorized. Even Police Chief Alfonso Morales and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett admitted as much, both going into apology mode after the story broke. Here’s the part that still gets... Read more »
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Tiny teeny avocados and 9 other things that are making me happy right now

1. Trader Joe's Teeny Tiny Avocados. I just discovered these darling mini-avocados--only $2.49 for a bag of five! Each and every one of them was perfect (and you should see the seeds--about the size of small olives!).  For a quick and easy lunch for 1-2:  Mash an avocado with plain yogurt and add diced onion, tomato and bell pepper.  Spread on toasted pita bread or tortilla and gobble right up.
These days, it’s so easy to go negative. Between politics and assorted awful happenings in the world, not to mention private woes–both real and imagined, I want to sit in the corner of my closet and stay there for the next twenty years. Of course, I don’t and I won’t. Instead, I’m making a conscious... Read more »

I can't tell the difference between news and advertising and that sucks

I can't tell the difference between news and advertising and that sucks
With increasing frequency, I have noticed advertisements appearing on a variety of media outlets which look a lot like real news reports. As a freelance writer, blogger and heavy media consumer, I consider myself pretty savvy in deciphering real news from what’s not, but lately, it hasn’t been the case. There have been times when... Read more »

What makes ordinary people do extraordinary things? New film explores this subject

What makes ordinary people do extraordinary things? New film explores this subject
Elizabeth Curry, mother of 12 children, seen here with four of them, including Hayden (on the right), who was adopted from China. Every wonder what prompts seeming ordinary people to do extraordinary things? That’s what Evanston director May Tchao’s fascinating and beautiful documentary film “Hayden & Her Family” is all about. But the film is not just... Read more »
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Everything you need to know to buy medical marijuana legally in Illinois

Everything you need to know to buy medical marijuana legally in Illinois
I’ve experienced debilitating back pain off and on for over a decade.  When the pain gets bad enough, I alternate between taking Aleve and Norco, an opioid which was prescribed for me by an orthopedic surgeon. Norco makes me feel like I’m floating on a lovely white cloud. I completely understand why people get hooked.... Read more »