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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 »

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 »
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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 »