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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »

The best thing about Schaumburg's March For Our Lives was that a Republican lawmaker showed up

The best thing about Schaumburg's March For Our Lives was that a Republican lawmaker showed up
That’s right. A little more than a week ago, Republican State Senator Tom Rooney was at March For Our Lives in Schaumburg. I’m not saying there weren’t a whole bunch of other wonderful things about the event. Students organized the march. An estimated 600 people of all ages were there. Many carried clever yet meaningful signs.... Read more »
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Fist bumps, high-fives and virtual hugs to the teens speaking out about guns

Fist bumps, high-fives and virtual hugs to the teens speaking out about guns
Young people have gotten a bad rap since, well, forever. Their hair is too long. Their hair is too short. They’re disrespectful. They’re lazy. They’re slobs. If even half of what has been said about them were true, who can blame them for bad behavior? It’s a right of passage for teenagers everywhere to rebel... Read more »

Donald Trump is making America laugh again

Donald Trump is making America laugh again
Oops, he did it again. Donald Trump is making America laugh again.  Saturday night at the annual Gridiron Club dinner, Trump proved he does have a sense of humor. One of his best lines was about the reason he was late to dinner. He said it was because Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, “couldn’t get through... Read more »

Could the tragic death of Commander Paul Bauer help heal Chicago?

Could the tragic death of Commander Paul Bauer help heal Chicago?
By each and every account, Commander Paul Bauer was an exemplary cop, husband, father, human being. Last week, after 31 years of service on the Chicago Police Force, Bauer was killed in the line of duty while trying to apprehend a suspect.  As Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson so aptly put it, Bauer was a man... Read more »
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They've stepped in a pile of it. Should they be banished forever?

They've stepped in a pile of it. Should they be banished forever?
This is a question that was bounced around the other day on the TV show “The View.” I thought it was a good question, and one I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. After all, there’s been a bounty of famous people who have been alleged to have said or done God-awful things or who have... Read more »