Stay Tuned! Rogers Park Food Co-op Coming Soon!

I have been given the privilege of joining the fledgling group of organizers of the Rogers Park Food Co-op. If you care about the choices and quality of the food you eat, then please join us and get the word out to your friends and family. The seed idea for a food co-op started in... Read more »

No Results, Just Excuses

I thought massage therapists were flaky. I can only say that because I am a massage therapist. When I am in a position to hire other therapists, I am always amazed at how difficult it is to get them to return my phone calls. One might surmise that they are so busy that they don’t... Read more »

Have You Ever Been Chased By A Saber-toothed Tiger?

Parenting our now 13 year old adopted son with special needs, specifically Sensory Integration Dysfunction, has been like being chased by a saber-toothed tiger… for the past 12 years. Physiologically, my husband and I are constantly in the “fight or flight response state” where your heart rate increases, your bladder relaxes, you get tunnel vision,... Read more »

Taking Personal Responsibility? No Thanks!

A dehumidifier was not on my list of appliances I ever expected to purchase until my basement flooded last week. My basement is about 1250 sq ft. and about 1000 sq ft. of it has carpet. When we were looking for a house, our major criterion was to find a nice finished basement where our... Read more »

Got Health Coverage? The Saga Continues...And Is Finally Resolved!

I was so excited to receive my AllKids Medical Card in the mail. The first thing I did was to make an appointment for a mammogram at Evanston Hospital. The day before my mammogram, I realized that I had better find out if the new doctor who I saw last year who had ordered the... Read more »

A Letter To My Son's Birth Family

Dear Birthmother, I know that you will never read this letter, but I am going to write it, anyway. I would want you and your parents to read it. I know that when you gave birth to my son, you were only 15 years old. I know that your parents made all the decisions for... Read more »

I Used To Live With The Naked Man

I’ve led an interesting and unconventional life. At age 23, I left Chicago, landed in Spain, traveled around Europe, spent 6 months in Israel and finally ended up in Canterbury, England where I met my husband, Martin. Some friends from Canterbury had discovered a place called Glaneirw House in rural Wales and invited us to... Read more »

My Friends and I Invented Paintball in 1978

I should have been a billionaire. Why? Because my friends and I invented paintball in 1978 and we were too stoned on hash and magic mushrooms to have the sense to patent the idea. Oh, yeah, and I used to take drugs. Does that shock you? Come on, it was the 1970s! I was living... Read more »

Pleeeze. Just. Say. No.

For some inexplicable reason, people in this country hate to use the N-word. Not that N-word, the other N-word…No. They seem to think it is kinder just to string others along rather than just saying “No” in the first place, wasting my time and theirs. I am a self-employed massage therapist and I call and... Read more »

SPD: A Sad, Brutally Honest Account of A Child with An Invisible Disability with A Happy Ending

Our now 13 year old adopted son was diagnosed with SPD at age 3, although at that time, it was the “flavor of the month” disorder and just about every little boy was diagnosed with it, so we more or less discounted that diagnosis. But, as he got older and older, we began to realize... Read more »
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    Leslie Kahn

    I already qualify for a lot of senior discounts, have been married to the same crazy man for 35 years and have a 13 year old adopted son with many challenges. I have been a massage therapist for 17 years. My son is food coloring and gluten sensitive which causes behavior problems. I am passionate about helping him negotiate his challenging world. I hope that food coloring/additives will be eliminated from food in my lifetime.

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