Posts in category "Education"

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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »

Susannah Collins, CSN Comcast Chicago: We Hardly Knew You

As the Chicago sports world now knows, Susannah Collins, Sportscaster for Chicago CSN Comcast, was fired last night, apparently, due to her “slip up” on a post-game broadcast of the Blackhawks’ win over the Wild Tuesday night. Susannah reported that the Blackhawks, with the most wins in this years’ hockey season, had a “tremendous amount... Read more »
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Jason Collins, NBA Center, "Comes Out" as Being Gay

Jason Collins, a professional basketball athlete, has come out to the world as being gay.  I applaud his courage, sincerity, honesty, and narrative in the current issue of Sports Illustrated,  of what led up to this brave decision. http://tinyurl.com/cb8b6yu It was only 3 weeks ago, Rutgers basketball star, Brittney Griner, the #1 Women’s basketball player,... Read more »