Tag: Evanston

Meditation 101. How To Begin Without Feeling Totally Stupid.

About two years ago, I was pushing through days, feeling emotionally drained, when a dear friend invited me to join a group meditation. I had no idea what that even meant, but it sounded like something other people did, so I declined. A couple of months later, she invited me again. “What do you even do there?” I... 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 »

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 »
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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 »

Evanston journalist Seidenberg pulled from 30-year beat on eve of election cycle

Evanston journalist Seidenberg pulled from 30-year beat on eve of election cycle
Evanston’s Bob Seidenberg is a 64 year-old, 30-year veteran reporter for The Evanston Review. Been with the paper since the mid-80s, soon after graduating from Northwestern. Began his journalism career with the Pioneer Press. Witnessed the paper’s ownership change hands from Time Inc. to Marshall Field’s to The Sun Times to Tribune Publishing, now called “tronc”. What... Read more »

To The Smarmy Soccer Parent I'd Like To Run Out Of Town With A Stick

To The Smarmy Soccer Parent I'd Like To Run Out Of Town With A Stick
Hey you, you self-important soccer parent. Yeah you. The one screaming at our VOLUNTEER commissioner about what he’s doing wrong with our league, accusing him of forming imbalanced teams rather than letting your kid know that SOMETIMES YOU JUST HAVE TO LOSE UNTIL YOU CRY. You know I’m talking to you, you coward. Take your... Read more »
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Not The Story You Expected About Whole Foods, Racial Profiling And The Need For Restorative Justice

Not The Story You Expected About Whole Foods, Racial Profiling And The Need For Restorative Justice
This probably is not the story you expected, but this time around, it’s the whole story of an August 5th, 2015 incident at Whole Foods, including accusations of racial profiling and a community in need of Restorative Justice. After writing about Ashley Usher-Coleman’s August 5th experience at a Whole Foods in Evanston, Illinois, I discovered... 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 »

An Embarrassing Post From A Mother Of Teens: U Deserve More Recognition 4 All The Things U Do Right

We’re issued the warnings while our kids are still in diapers: “Just wait until the teen years.” “Bigger kids, bigger problems.” “Fasten your seatbelt; it’ll be a roller coaster.” My oldest son and daughter are now full-fledged teens, and my youngest child, their brother, turns 13 next year. Two high schoolers and one in middle school.... Read more »
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Suburban Mom's Meaty Interview With Chicago Writer Samantha Irby

Suburban Mom's Meaty Interview With Chicago Writer Samantha Irby
[This column originally appeared — with profanity edited by its author for any sensitive, suburban eyes — on Patch.com in Evanston, Illinois.] I have a confession. I might have engaged in a bit of stalker behavior while trying to land an interview (below) with Samantha Irby. Before I ever knew she was a Chicago performer,... Read more »
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