What I'd Like A Second Chance At? Filing a Sexual Harassment Suit

The Chair of my Department was going after me. I could not prove anything, because there were no cameras to film his activity. But I knew it was him. And I had plenty of colleagues who supported me, and agreed with my reasoning – thankfully. Dr. “W” was sleeping with three students, one of whom... Read more »

Soccer Mom, Baseball Mom, Basketball Mom, PhD student, and Da Bulls

It was 1986, and I got accepted to the PhD program in Clinical Social Work at Loyola University on Michigan Ave.  Wow – the Miracle Mile I rarely walked. My boys were in grammar school. My boys played soccer in the cold rain and sometimes sleet. My boys played basketball. My boys played baseball. My... Read more »

It Was a Special Summer for this Little Girl, Playing Baseball with the Boys

I was nine years old, living on the South Side, near 87th and Jeffrey. There was a park, 2 blocks square, just across the street from the Chicago Vocational School. It had two large areas that were somewhat like little league fields. No back stop.  No bases, no pitcher’s mound – just a sandlot. This... Read more »
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Hate Speech as a Sport

http://tinyurl.com/gqoh38f Above:  Jack Adler, and his son, Eli. A documentary “Surviving Skokie.” Playing in Chicago for 3 days. When I was 5 yrs old, I watched a TV show. It portrayed the ovens of concentration camps, being emptied of skeletons. These were bodies of children, mothers, and fathers, burned to death by the Nazis. I... Read more »

Laddy back in the Saddle, Stan the Man, Bowling like Walter and the Dude

The Great: 1.  Blackhawks got out of their slump, and beat the Caps. I love seeing Ovechkin denied, and hope to see it again this June at the United Center. Just like Stamkos was denied even one goal, by our Stanley Cup Champion Blackhawks, last year in the finals. 2.  Stan Bowman, period. He’s the... Read more »

Blackhawks, Kasich, Being Sick in Bed, White Sox, Flint's Worsening Water

The Great: 1.  The Blackhawks have 3 days off to get their shit together. Bowman has less than a week to sign an offensive player. Good luck with that. 2.  I got a call today, on my personal cell phone, from the White Sox office. Yeah – I’m good with one of the VP’s staff,... Read more »
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Blackhawks Lay an Egg As Trump and Hillary Win their Primaries

The Great: 1.  The Alumni game between the Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota North Stars put on a show for hockey fans. Seeing Jeremy Roenick and Troy Murray on the ice was awesome. 2.  Hillary won Nevada with a majority support of Hispanics and Blacks. A New York Times analysis fully covers the disputed Hispanic exit... Read more »

Chicago Sports Keep Me Sane - and Laughing.

The Great: 1.  Golden State lost big last night. 5 losses now. I’m probably the only person in Northern California who does not want to see the Bulls 72-10 record beaten. 2.  Derek Rose actually scored 28 and 26 points in last two games. 3.  Blackhawks and USAWarriors were together on the ice  today. Pretty... Read more »

Blackhawks, Obama, Supreme Court, and My Life

The Great: 1.  Blackhawks go to the White House and honored by the Prez. For a third time. A Hat Trick for all. 2.  Blackhawks playing an outdoor game this Sunday at the U of Minnesota Gopher Stadium. 3.  I was in Chicago and DC for 3 weeks, visiting my family. I got to hold... Read more »
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"I Can't Breathe": The Personal is the Political - Part II

In my previous blog, “I Can’t Breathe”:…… – Part I, I addressed how society is more accepting of issues related to professional players’ expressions of their personal and political values today, than it was in my early childhood and adult years. The following examples need reminders to the young and old. #1:  1964 Muhammed Ali... Read more »