Posts in category "Another Day in The Trenches"

The Metro Gun Share Program

The Metro Gun Share Program
If you’ve ventured down to Daley Plaza in the last 24 hours, you’ve undoubtedly noticed a new addition to the Plaza,  a new art exhibit entitled the Metro Gun Share Program.  The design of the art piece will look extremely familiar to Chicagoans; it looks exactly like a Divvy bike share docking station.  However, you’ll... Read more »

Transportation Just Got Easier As Divvy Has New Siblings In The City

Transportation Just Got Easier As Divvy Has New Siblings In The City
So, I live right outside of the city…Alsip to be exact.  I’m 5 blocks outside of the city limit.  Yes…I know, it brings me much shame too!  It’s a situation I’m working on. However, I work in the West Loop.  I drive to work daily.  I have biked to work however.  I’m a huge bicyclist. ... Read more »

Kanye West and Donald Trump

Kanye West and Donald Trump
I came home tonight with the express intent of climbing in bed and going straight to sleep. I’m hella tired. However, this topic has been in my mind all day. In addition, a few friends asked me my thoughts on the recent tweets of Kanye West. Other friends expressed their opinions, many publicly, a few... Read more »
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Reflections of a Chicago Boy who took students to the March For Our Lives: DC Edition

Reflections of a Chicago Boy who took students to the March For Our Lives: DC Edition
8:04am I am currently sitting in a Starbucks in Crestwood, IL., 2 hours removed from our bus returning to Chicago. Let me start by saying that I feel amazingly fortunate to have traveled to Washington D.C. for the March For Our Lives. Better yet, I was able to travel there with a bus full of... Read more »

Breaking News: Gun Dealer Licensing Passes in Illinois!

It’s pretty rare that I’m speechless, or don’t know exactly what to say, or at least have a general idea of what I want to say. But, I’m drawing a pretty good blank at the moment. A little over 3 years ago, I was introduced to the idea of Gun Dealer Licensing.  I was sat... Read more »

As A Veteran And Teacher, I Think Arming Teachers Is A Really Bad Idea

As A Veteran And Teacher, I Think Arming Teachers Is A Really Bad Idea
Throughout the day, friends have sent me a plethora of articles surrounding the tragic events at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.  One of those articles in particular caught my eye. It was written by Matt Martin and entitled, “I’ve been shot in combat. And as a veteran, I’m telling you: allowing teachers to be armed... Read more »
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Let's Talk About New Years Evolutions

Let's Talk About New Years Evolutions
I sit here as a bitter bastard. That’s totally how I feel right now.  I feel like I made it through the War of 2017… Sidenote:  Henceforth, this is how we will refer to the presidential election period of 2017, including the aftermath and fallout of the the election.  Much like the Civil War, we... Read more »

Nobody Leaves Here Without Singing the Blues!

Nobody Leaves Here Without Singing the Blues!
There is nothing like standing in the presence of greatness. Now, I’m no great blues aficionado.  I honestly wish I knew more about blues than I do, but even if the simple name doesn’t precede him, it only takes about 5 seconds on guitar for you to recognize the greatness of Buddy Guy!  The man... Read more »

Unpublished Throwback: Did You Know There Was A Peace March and Rally In Chicago Thursday? And It Was Awesome

Unpublished Throwback: Did You Know There Was A Peace March and Rally In Chicago Thursday? And It Was Awesome
Note: This blog was originally created on October 29, 2017, but was never published. Today, I had the privilege of an attending a peace march and rally here in Chicago.  In fact, I was the guest speaker. The rally was organized by the community of teachers and students at Dr. Martin Luther King Academy for... Read more »
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Let's Talk About Self-Care

Let's Talk About Self-Care
…because it seems like everyone is talking about self care. Don’t believe me?  Just Google “Self-Care” and you’ll be hit with everything from magazine articles, to college courses on the topic. It’s a hot topic. Back in November, I was seeing an article making the rounds on Facebook.  Authored by Brianna Wiest and coming from... Read more »