Archive for 2012

Evanston's Shooting Gallery Requires Federal Intervention. Ya Think?

Evanston's Shooting Gallery Requires Federal Intervention. Ya Think?
Won’t someone please help us? Yesterday morning, on 12/11/12, a young man was shot and killed near the high school in Evanston, Illinois. Police suspect Javar Bamberg’s death was an act of retaliation for another shooting three days prior which critically injured a 20-year-old man on Howard Street — a shooting which occurred just hours... Read more »

My Beautiful Lake Michigan

Sleeping Bear Dunes Nat'l Park near Traverse City, Michigan
I grew up in the land-locked, northwest suburbs of Chicago, then married a sailor. During our 21-year marriage, we’ve shared breathtaking sunsets, downpours and rainbows — always on or near this greatest of lakes: Lake Michigan. Michael asked me to marry him on Oak Street Beach in Chicago, and each of our three children were... Read more »

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Following Dajae Coleman's Death, It's Time To Wake the F*ck Up, America

Following Dajae Coleman's Death, It's Time To Wake the F*ck Up, America
Spend a little time on the US Census Bureau website and you’ll find that, statistically speaking, the population of Evanston, Illinois, isĀ  quite similar to the overall population of the United States of America. Aside from Evanston’s higher-than-average population density, this suburb north of Chicago reflects the racial and socioeconomic makeup of our nation —... Read more »

What The Hell's Going On In "Heavenston"?

What The Hell's Going On In "Heavenston"?
What the hell is going on here? Seriously, what the HELL is going on? I moved to Evanston 15 years ago for many reasons. My husband and I wanted to live near Chicago and Lake Michigan, and we also wanted to raise our family in a place filled with people and stories and cultures and... Read more »

Fourteen Days With Dajae Coleman

Fourteen Days With Dajae Coleman
Dajae Coleman, a 14-year-old freshman at Evanston Township High School, was shot and killed while walking with friends near the school two nights ago. When I first moved to Evanston, I was pregnant with my first child, now a 14-year-old freshman at ETHS. Back then, my husband and I lived in our very first house... Read more »
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New Orleans, The World Is Watching

Yup, that’s me, wearing a Mardi Gras mask in New Orleans earlier this year. Call me negative, but life just isn’t easy. And once you realize that, you’re ahead of the pack. I’m still figuring that out. For the majority of my nearly 45 years of life, I’ve tried to control, rearrange, coordinate, micromanage and... Read more »

Hosting An Obama Fundraiser

I’m co-hosting an Obama fundraiser in just over one week. I’ve never hosted a political fundraiser before. Here’s a link to my fundraising page. While I’m bracing for the backlash of anti-Obama sentiment, I will make a conscious effort to keep my mind on the positive, forward-thinking attitude he’s demonstrated since declaring his intent to... Read more »

I Was a Jerk And A Bully

I Was a Jerk And A Bully
Note: My friend, author Carrie Goldman, inspired me to write this post and become a member of Team Bullied. Carrie’s new book, Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher and Kid Needs to Know About Ending The Cycle of Fear (available on IndieBound or Amazon on Aug 14), is already gaining well-deserved accolades. Carrie’s dedication to this... Read more »
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Race To Mackinac -- Here We Go Again

Race To Mackinac -- Here We Go Again
Last year’s Race to Mackinac sailboat race from Chicago to Michigan’s Mackinac Island was, by all accounts in our family, the best of times and the worst of times. My husband and son competed in the race for the first time on a boat we’d owned for less than one year. I tracked them (or,... Read more »