Posts in category "Evanston"

Some Jerk Rifled Through My Unlocked Car Last Night

It takes me a minute to realize someone’s been in my car. I’m really not paying close attention. I’m hungry and I’m on a mission. I’ve been working on a deadline, too focused to think about breakfast this morning. And so, I walk out to my car — which is parked on the street, directly in front... Read more »

How Street Soccer Benefits And Boosts Our Communities

How Street Soccer Benefits And Boosts Our Communities
So, I’ve been noticing these self-contained, 4-sided, street soccer fields all over town, but I wanted to know who’s been doing all the heavy lifting…and why. Where’d these things even come from, and what’s behind this street soccer movement? Then, these two events were announced in my town: 1. A family-friendly 4-on-4 Soccer Festival on... Read more »

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 »
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This Just Happened At My Local Pharmacy: One Dose Of Nauseating Truth About Health Care In America

My doctor recently prescribed a new medication, to be taken four times a day. “But make sure to check with your insurance,” he advised. “Some plans will only cover it twice a day. If that’s the case, just let me know.” And like a dolt, I got busy and didn’t call insurance. Nearly two weeks... Read more »

Some Cold Ass Truth About My White Privilege

Some Cold Ass Truth About My White Privilege
My ass is cold. The bees are swarming. Not a restroom in sight. And it’s only halftime. It’s the first game we’ve played against Deerfield, and we’re already getting crushed. Scanning the bleachers, there must be, what…Forty? Fifty of us? We are parents, grandparents, and dragged-along siblings, watching two middle school soccer teams on the Evanston Township High School football field. “C’mon, boys!”... 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 »
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New Trier Grads, Amidst Fierce Opposition, See Race As Nonpartisan Issue, Advocate For Discussion

New Trier Grads, Amidst Fierce Opposition, See Race As Nonpartisan Issue, Advocate For Discussion
As administrators and organizers at New Trier High School face fierce opposition toward its upcoming February 28th all-day seminar, Understanding Today’s Struggle for Racial Civil Rights, one vocal opposition group in particular, referring to itself as Parents of New Trier, created this website with the tagline, “Because New Trier’s All School Seminar Day is Biased,... Read more »

Evanston Post-Election Community Meeting. What I Saw And Heard.

Evanston Post-Election Community Meeting. What I Saw And Heard.
[Earlier today, I had a pen and paper when I arrived an hour before the 3pm Post-Election Community Meeting. The observations and quotes shared here are from my personal reflections and are not intended to be taken as exact statements.] It felt like entering a memorial service, with all those hushed tones and somber faces. A hazy sun shone through... Read more »

Heartbreaking Message of Hope to High School Students Day After Election

Heartbreaking Message of Hope to High School Students Day After Election
Today, following yesterday’s Presidential Election, Evanston Township High School Superintendent Dr. Eric Witherspoon shared a message of hope and belonging to students over the P.A. system, then to families via email. I believe every young person in America deserves to hear these words always — but especially today.   Good morning, E-Town – This is Dr. Witherspoon. Once in a while... Read more »
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A Private, Mom-to-Mom Convo About Online Predators, Bullying And The Abyss Of Social Media

A Private, Mom-to-Mom Convo About Online Predators, Bullying And The Abyss Of Social Media
Maren’s younger daughter, then age 13, was communicating online with an individual in his 30s, claiming to be a teenager. Maren discovered this when she walked into the house one afternoon and found her daughter Skyping with the man. “What happened when you walked in?” I asked. I hardly knew this mom, but she’d reached out to me to share... Read more »
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