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Boy, 13, Takes Own Life On Christmas Eve. The Press Release I Was Not Prepared To Write

Boy, 13, Takes Own Life On Christmas Eve. The Press Release I Was Not Prepared To Write
I’ve written only two press releases in my life, both in the past 4 months, both covering a set of pediatric autoimmune disorders called PANDAS & PANS. Only one of those press releases — this one — brought me to my knees.   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – January 5, 2017 — The national non-profit organization Pandas/Pans... 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 »

Evanston: Loaded Shotgun Near School Triggers Community's Anger, Shame, Grief, And Compassion

Evanston: Loaded Shotgun Near School Triggers Community's Anger, Shame, Grief, And Compassion
I do not know him. I do not know his circumstances. I do not know his story. All I need to know is he was arrested near my children’s school, steps from my home, carrying a loaded shotgun. I stayed up half the night trying to find the right way to share my feelings about... Read more »

1 Photo. 53 Interpretations. How Social Media Impacts Perspective

Perspective
This week, while running along Evanston’s lakefront, I stopped to admire the beautiful expanse of a vacant, autumn beach, then snapped a quick pic. I posted the shot on Facebook, accompanied by this sentence: Name this photo in 15 words or less. My own eyes took in peace, beauty and not a little bit of... Read more »
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How A Middle School Guidance Counselor Changes The World

How A Middle School Guidance Counselor Changes The World
To borrow an analogy from School-Counselor.org, “The middle school counselor is to a middle school as the project manager is to a mid-size software company.” I certainly wasn’t a middle-school mover-and-shaker, but I had more questions than any one parent, teacher or friend (yup, singular) could handle: How am I supposed to sit at lunch... 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 »

Earth, Wind & Fire: A Race To Mackinac Video In The Making (Part 3)

Earth, Wind & Fire: A Race To Mackinac Video In The Making (Part 3)
FIRE While Chris Froeter worked to edit the memories he’d captured on video during CHIEF’s 4th Race to Mackinac, a fire destroyed his family’s Evanston, Illinois, home, along with nearly all the Froeters’ possessions. The date was Friday, March 20th, 2015. SKIP TO PART 1 OF THIS SERIES (EARTH) SKIP TO PART 2 OF THIS... Read more »
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Earth, Wind & Fire: A Race To Mackinac Video In The Making (Part 1)

Earth, Wind & Fire: A Race To Mackinac Video In The Making (Part 1)
I believe every journey presents opportunities to connect with others, especially when the travelers remain open to discovery. Once anchored and nurtured, friendship and community thrive as support systems, preserved indefinitely for all of those who choose to learn — and share – the backstories and perspectives of others. And so, upon previewing this just-released... Read more »
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