Posts in category "Education"

Biggest Decision I've Made - Moving Back to Chicago

I decided to go for my Ph.D at Loyola University in Chicago in 1986 – 1991. You think that was a big deal? I had been living in Chico, CA for 10 years.  This town of 50,000 (at the time, now 100,000) was a university town. Right up against the mountains and creeks, where we’d... Read more »

Women With Heartaches on Mother's Day

This is blog below, I wrote 4 years ago May 2013. It’s still very timely – which I hope all of us can appreciate. “Hallmark Cards and 1800 Flowers (thank you Mike and Mike in the Morning) has greatly expanded the meaning of “Mothers’ Day,” to become the most profitable of “holidays” each year. Your... Read more »

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 »
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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 »

"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 »

"I Can't Breathe": The Personal is the Political - Part I

It’s 2014:  coverage regarding professional athletes’ political stands and behaviors, have been addressed by all facets of media. Not only have sportswriters written extensively on these various issues, but all forms of social media, political / economic news stories, and fans alike, have weighed in on our society’s “once-silent” subjects. The state of race relations,... Read more »
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The National Freefall League (The NFL)

The National Freefall League (NFL), as noted by Keith Olberman 9/15/14, continues to fail our society, along with the victims/ survivors, of physical abuse, by it’s inconsistent policies and procedures towards its perpetrators. Yes, “Perpetrators” are what we call people, grown men in this instance, who hit, beat, knock out, and harm others: be it... Read more »

Charles Tillman: An NFL/ Bears Legacy

It’s a sad day for Bears fans.  Sunday night was awesome, but let’s move on. Charles “Peanut” Tillman, NFL player, has been placed on season-ending Injured Reserve (IR) due to tearing his triceps muscle, as he did last year. He was just doing his job, as he has for his 12 +  years with the... Read more »

Alcoholism, NFL Players, & Arrests

My paternal grandfather, Philip, was awakened in the middle of the night by a friend, circa early 1900’s, in Montreal.  The police were coming to arrest him for making bathtub gin.  He kissed his wife, Fannie, and their 2 sleeping toddlers, goodbye, and told his wife he would write as soon as he found a... Read more »
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My Fear of Not Knowing: What was Happening to My Body and Mind?

My Fear of Not Knowing:  What was Happening to My Body, and Mind? August, 2001:  I went camping with friends in one of the most beautiful national forests in the U.S. :  Lassen National Forest, in Northern California September, 2001:  Six weeks later, I began having a pain in the middle of my head, literally,... Read more »