Posts in category "life style opinion"

On the Second Anniversary of my Mother’s Death

Sheryl Sandberg has a new book about grief and the loss of a loved one. She calls it Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy, and its goal is to help people recover the death of someone they loved and find happiness. Today marks the second anniversary of my mother’s death, and I... Read more »

Taxes and Public Education: A Memo to President Trump

In my community of Evanston, Illinois, we paid our taxes today. We also voted in a recent referendum to raise our property taxes to support our local schools. Was this an easy choice to make? Not really, as many of us are folks who are just getting by. But because our state and federal government... Read more »

Happy Siblings Day

Today is my brother’s birthday, so I was searching old family photos for one of his baby pictures to post on Facebook. But it is also Siblings Day, so how could I leave my baby brother out of the celebration? As the three of us have become seniors, orphans, and grandparents, the squabbles and feuds... Read more »
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The Evanston Referendum: A Community That Cares About Children

No one wants to pay higher taxes, but yesterday 80 percent of those who voted in our local election said YES to a $14.5 million property tax referendum to support Evanston/Skokie District 65 public schools. At a time when our country seems to be motivated by greed and self-interest, in my community folks gave their... Read more »

Today is I am in Control Day, but Not for Me

Bet you didn’t know today is National I am in Control Day. I have no idea how most of you celebrated this important day listed on the calendar of weird, obscure holidays. Before we address that issue, here’s a little history lesson. On March 30, 1981, John Hinckley, Jr. thought he would impress actor Jodie... Read more »

Trump’s Budget: Values of a Heartless Rich Man

Martin Luther King taught us that, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Donald Trump teaches us that truth and justice (weren’t those part of Superman’s American way?) don’t matter. There is no right thing, only the bottom line. Jesus asked, “For what shall it profit a man, if he gain the whole world,... Read more »
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Voting: How to Balance Respect for Experience and Opportunity for New Ideas

There is something to be said for experience and institutional memory. James Baldwin told his followers, “Know from whence you came. If you know whence you came, there are absolutely no limitations to where you can go.” So here’s the rub. We need young and enthusiastic folks to enter the political process, but does that... Read more »

Why Folks Like me Don’t Buy Greeting Cards

I went to my local Jewel to buy a Bar Mitzvah card. This has never been an issue in the past. The selection of greeting cards used to be reasonably diverse. The store still has a section for Asian, Latino, Jewish, and other ethnic foods. On a typical weekend, I see lots of people of color... Read more »

When your Child Turns Forty

I remember turning forty so clearly. Back in 1985, when you were eight and your siblings were eleven and fourteen, I had a party in a Detroit restaurant that Grandma insisted on making for me. I protested just as you are doing now. The difference is that she ignored my wishes and did it anyway.... Read more »
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The Women's March: Why America Needs More Women in Charge

What is the most remarkable thing about all of the women’s marches that took place January 21? The huge turnouts? The enthusiasm and start of a movement? For me, it was the complete lack of violence coupled with the spirit of collaboration and inclusion. This is one reason #WhyIMarched. Having worked all of my life... Read more »