Posts in category "Control"

Eyewitness To The Anger Pumping Through Veins Of Some Americans

On Father’s Day, I stopped to fill my gas tank in Northbrook, Illinois. It’s a relatively wealthy suburb. I do not live there. I was not raised there. I finished pumping, then emptied the well of my driver’s side door of the weekly junk that accumulates: paper, tissues, an aluminum can, a piece of floss,... Read more »

White Privilege And Systemic Racism In Suburban America

White Privilege And Systemic Racism In Suburban America
As organizers at New Trier High School defend a day-long diversity seminar, planned for February 28th, parents and alumnae like Francesca Gazzolo, Gracee Wallach, Mia Neumann and Cookie Belknap Fernandez openly address the school’s lack of diversity. Here’s a comparison of New Trier versus its longtime rival and neighbor to the south, Evanston Township High... Read more »

"It really don't matter what you say...we ain't gonna believe you anyway." --Rural, Christian, White America

"It really don't matter what you say...we ain't gonna believe you anyway." --Rural, Christian, White America
This is a companion piece to The Dark Rigidity of Fundamentalist Rural America: A View From the Inside (Forsetti’s Justice, Alternet, Rawstory.com, 11.22.16). I wasn’t prepared for such intense emotions upon reading the article above, in which the author stacked the longstanding, inflexible views of rural, Christian, white America like wet bales of hay — which are, ironically, known to spontaneously combust — suggesting there’s... Read more »
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Living Life Without Hitting Delete

Living Life Without Hitting Delete
GOD I hate when I constantly hit the delete key. Lately, I’ve been doing it all the time and it’s made me cranky. Therefore, here’s a post written completely from the heart — I’m FORCING myself NOT to use the delete key. Just try it, Weisenheimer. It’s not as easy as it seems. So, WHY... Read more »

Evanston's Whole Foods Ripe With Accusations Of Racism

Evanston's Whole Foods Ripe With Accusations Of Racism
Just as a journalist will seek reputable sources to support her work, so too will a grocery store security guard identify individuals posing threats to the business, right? End of story. Then again, maybe not (and when you’re finished reading THIS column, read THIS FOLLOWUP piece for an update on the situation). For example, a... Read more »

Why I Let My Kids Do Extreme Sports And Other Dangerous Things

Why I Let My Kids Do Extreme Sports And Other Dangerous Things
On May 15, 2015, the New York Times published John Lackman’s piece titled “Is It Wrong To Let Children Do Extreme Sports?”, a piece in which I’d have given anything to add my thoughts. As the mother of a former downhill longboarder, I wrote and published a 3-part series of posts in 2014 following my son’s accident and... Read more »
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Clean Up After Yourselves! One Mom's Perspective On Feeling Invisible.

Clean Up After Yourselves! One Mom's Perspective On Feeling Invisible.
11/21/14 My dear Invisible Mamas, you’ve inspired a movement. Thanks to your viral response to this post, we’re sharing the pain and preventing house fires everywhere. Like the Invisible Mamas Facebook page to share your own most invisible moments through stories, photos, videos and podcasts. Original Post from 11/19/14 (Disclaimer for the haters: Yes, it... Read more »

A Love Letter To Longboarding: Swells of Passion For The Sport That Nearly Killed My Son. Part 3

A Love Letter To Longboarding: Swells of Passion For The Sport That Nearly Killed My Son. Part 3
Click here to read Part 1 Click here to read Part 2 In the hospital, the last thing Henry could remember about the accident was taking a turn too wide and having to make a choice: stay left and hit the hay bales or cut right into a pack of riders. He wasn’t wearing leathers... Read more »

A Love Letter To Longboarding: Swells of Passion For A Sport That Nearly Killed My Son. Part 2

A Love Letter To Longboarding: Swells of Passion For A Sport That Nearly Killed My Son. Part 2
…Continued from Part 1 …Click here to read Part 3 “Christine Wolf! Christine Wolf! Christine Wolf!” “Yeah? That’s me!” I’m standing on an incline looking down at the crowd below. Did I seriously miss Henry coming down the hill? He probably wants to get into the rental car to get the lunch we packed. Jesus.... Read more »
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Domestic Violence: What You Can Do To Help Someone

Domestic Violence: What You Can Do To Help Someone
If you know someone who might be in an abusive relationship, err on the side of caution and look into it. Recently, I met a woman who’s been trying to escape a situation of domestic abuse. Her scenario is eerily similar to so many in our nation. On the outside, she and her family seem... Read more »
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