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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »

Joe Kennedy is the new Obama

Joe Kennedy is the new Obama
I’ll give Trump his props. He gave a good speech last night (even though many found plenty wrong with it). But the most exciting part of the night–at least for me, was the opposition speech given by Rep. Joe Kennedy. The man has charm. Charisma. Sincerity out the wazoo. And youth. In other words, he... Read more »
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Why I hate Hooters

Why I hate Hooters
I hate Hooters, and it has nothing to do with the food. I’ve only been to a Hooters restaurant once, and it was such a long time ago, I don’t remember what I ate or if I enjoyed it (though a little owl tells me the food isn’t the number one reason people go there).... Read more »

What the heck are pulses and why you should be stuffing your face with them

What the heck are pulses and why you should be stuffing your face with them
Even though I’m a longtime sugar lover, I pride myself on keeping up with the latest health info so a few weeks ago when I read that the American Institute for Cancer Research is recommending we eat more pulses, I did a double take. Pulses!? Never heard of ’em unless we’re talking about yours or mine.... Read more »

The power of kindness: four Christmas (or Hanukkah) miracles

The power of kindness: four Christmas (or Hanukkah) miracles
OK, maybe calling them miracles is a bit of a stretch. Maybe I should have called them simply “good stuff” that happened in the frigid winter season. Still, it feels like a miracle whenever I’m the receiver of an act of kindness so I’m sticking with the miracle thing. Here goes… I’m not sure why it... Read more »
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The response I'd like to hear from one of the accused: I'm a sexual harasser and here's why I did it

The response I'd like to hear from one of the accused: I'm a sexual harasser and here's why I did it
With each passing day since the Harvey Weinstein story exploded, another powerful man is knocked off his lofty perch or could be in danger of soon doing so. Charlie Rose. Matt Lauer. Garrison Keilor. Senator Al Franken. Congressman John Conyers. Louie C.K. Kevin Spacey. Roy Moore. James Tobach. Mark Halperin. Roy Price. Michael Oreskes. Russell Simmons. Geraldo Rivera. Just... Read more »