E-Learning at Home and Why it’s a Fail

E-Learning at Home and Why it’s a Fail
My grandkids who live in another state had an e-learning day last week when their school was closed for staff in-service. I guess this counts as a learning day. It was also a trial for doing the same thing on snow closing days, thus avoiding having to make these days up at the end of... Read more »

Facebook, Stop Telling Me to Boost my Posts

Facebook, Stop Telling Me to Boost my Posts
Here’s what Facebook tells me about many of my posts on my “business” page Still Advocating: “Boost your post to get more likes, comments and shares. People are boosting posts similar to your post Halloween has become so commer… to reach more people. Try boosting yours for $6 to get more likes, comments and shares... Read more »

The Halloween Grinch Strikes Again

The Halloween Grinch Strikes Again
The average family will spend $185.50 this year on Halloween. Within that $185.50 figure, 41% ($76.05) of the expenditure will be for candy, 36% is allocated to costumes ($66.78), and decorations will consume 23% ($42.67). When did Halloween evolve into such a huge deal? I have a hard time remembering much about Halloween from my... Read more »
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Ten Bombs so Far: You Reap the Anger You Sow

Ten Bombs so Far: You Reap the Anger You Sow
As I am writing this, a total of ten pipe bombs addressed to critics of Donald Trump have been discovered. They were sent to President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden (2), former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and by extension to President Bill Clinton, former Attorney General Eric Holder, Representative Maxine Waters (2), former... Read more »

Finding my Voice

Finding my Voice
I loved my fifth-grade teacher, Martin Hollander. He told us our class was a democracy in which all of us had a voice and a vote. For the first time in my school career, my opinion counted and my voice was heard. That all ended when he had to leave class for a meeting and... Read more »

A Caring Community Creates a Playground for Children with Disabilities

A Caring Community Creates a Playground for Children with Disabilities
The Happy Ending to the Evanston Park School Playground Story “The future which we hold in trust for our own children will be shaped by our fairness to other people’s children.” — Marian Wright Edelman The school playground was usually empty. The swing frame held no swings. The wooden climbing structure was decaying, faded and... Read more »
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If Trump Has His Way, Will You Still Have Healthcare Coverage?

If Trump Has His Way, Will You Still Have Healthcare Coverage?
Do you or anyone you know or love have any of the following health issues: Alzheimer’s, arthritis, cancer, Crohn’s disease, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, epilepsy, heart or kidney disease, mental disorder, multiple sclerosis, obesity, Parkinson’s disease, sleep apnea, or stroke? If yes, you are impacted by what the insurance industry euphemistically calls a pre-existing... Read more »

Learning to Play Mahjong

Learning to Play Mahjong
Games my Mother Played and Why I don’t Play Games It is the sounds that are etched in my memory. Tiles clacking on the table. Calls of “one bam” and “two crack.” Laughter. My mother played mahjong with her friends when I was young. By the time I was old enough to learn the game,... Read more »

The Bully-in-Chief Belittles Christine Blasey Ford

The Bully-in-Chief Belittles Christine Blasey Ford
October is Bullying Prevention Month. How fitting that, on October 2, our Bully-in-Chief, Donald Trump, decided to mock Christine Blasey Ford, the victim of an alleged assault. Like all bullies, Trump relies on enablers to attack his victims. It’s so much more fun to have like-minded folks in on the joke. Remember, Dr. Ford was most... Read more »
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The American Child Care Dilemma

The American Child Care Dilemma
My daughter came home unexpectedly from work and discovered that the nanny, who was supposed to be watching her kids, was sound asleep. I remember the same thing happening to me when I learned that the sitter I had trusted to watch my child (now the mother in this story) for a few hours had neglected to check... Read more »