Posts in category "Education"

"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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »
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Marc Trestman: Let Him Abide in the Second City

As 5774, the year of the Chosen people begins, the Lord looks down at his brethren. All faiths are his brethren, as he contemplates the thousands of years which have passed, when Abraham begot Isaac from Sarah, and Ishmael from Hagar. Yet on this eve of Yom Kippur, he wonders if his 7 billion sons... Read more »

NHL, NFL, NBA, & MLB Players Respond Regarding Gay Marriage

Should the U.S. Legalize Gay Marriage? 62 professional athletes from the NBA, NFL, NHL, and MLB, responded to this survey done by ESPN.  61 % of  NFL athletes and 92% of NHL athletes responded “yes”, while 46% of NBA players and 45% of MLB athletes agreed. This research was reported on October 14, 2012 by... Read more »

Lessons from my Best Teacher: Zozzy

With the school year ending, some of us may have thoughts about the teachers who imparted lasting memories and much knowledge in us, which we have carried throughout our lifetimes.  Mine encompass both sides of the aisle, being a student, then a Chicago public high-school teacher and ultimately, a university professor. So I  ask myself: who... Read more »
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Women with Heart Aches on Mothers' Day

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 best friend, father, God, country, and media outlets galore, will bestow every sin upon you, unless you 1) Call your Mom, 2) and/or send... Read more »