Category: life style opinion

Fundraisers and Advertisers: Help the Environment... Don’t Waste Your Paper on Me

Fundraisers and Advertisers: Help the Environment... Don’t Waste Your Paper on Me
How many return address stickers will it take for me to donate? How about those unneeded calendars, magnets, or slick newsletters with envelopes tucked inside? Or my personal favorite, the huge envelope pictured above filled with piles of papers soliciting money for an environmental group. I imagine some folks give to these causes that fill... Read more »

Winter Hazards: Clear Sidewalks Make Good Neighbors

Winter Hazards: Clear Sidewalks Make Good Neighbors
Chicago winter weather since 2019 began has been frightful. As I write this, it’s five degrees out with a wind chill temperature of nine below. Good day to stay in and rant about folks who don’t bother to shovel their walks and the consequence of that illegal and unneighborly laziness. The picture above was taken... Read more »

Including People with Special Needs in Religious Life

Including People with Special Needs in Religious Life
I have been writing about how many religious communities have no place for people with disabilities since I started blogging five-and-one-half years ago. Having grandkids with special needs can do that to a grandmother. I have heard explanations from we don’t do that to we have to create something separate to accomplish that. But all... Read more »
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The Power of Community: Finding Lucy

The Power of Community: Finding Lucy
Lucy is one lucky dog. She had just joined my daughter’s family, a rescue dog with a sad two-year history of loss and disruption. Her original owner in Kentucky died. Somehow, she ended up in Evanston via Wagging Hearts, being fostered by a caring family, until she joined her forever family. For all of four... Read more »

The Letters: A Valentine's Day Message From My Late Parents

The Letters: A Valentine's  Day Message From My Late Parents
My mother bequeathed all of the love letters she and my father wrote to each other during World War II to me.  After my father died, she made me promise to keep them and I did. Over 400 of them languished in my basement, unread for almost four years. A combination of guilt and curiosity led... Read more »

The Mister Rogers Movie Deserved to Win an Oscar

The Mister Rogers Movie Deserved to Win an Oscar
Won’t You Be My Neighbor, the best and most popular documentary film of 2018, was snubbed by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. While the film was a huge box office success for a documentary, it was not even nominated for an Academy Award. That’s a shame because director Morgan Neville’s portrait of the... Read more »
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Y2K and Today: Some Belated Thoughts for the New Year

Y2K and Today: Some Belated Thoughts for the New Year
The start of the new millennium was so frightening it had a special name: Y2K (Year 2000). In 1982, Prince’s song 1999 reflected worries of a nuclear apocalypse back then, as the cold war with Russia led many to believe the world would end by the turn of the century. Instead of being depressed, Prince... Read more »

Why I Love My Computer but Hate Technology

Why I Love My Computer but Hate Technology
On Sunday, I cried in the Apple Store. I’m sure I was not the first or last person reduced to tears there, and, in my defense, I was still sick from a trifecta of bronchitis, asthma, and a sinus infection. I had also just learned that, after a week in the computer hospital, my beloved... Read more »

When the Dog Dies

When the Dog Dies
Yesterday, I had to pick up my granddaughter from middle school so she could say goodbye to her beloved dog Penny. Driving to the vet with her sobbing next to me broke my heart, but I knew she had to have a chance to tell Penny how much she loved her and stroke her soft... Read more »
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A Purpose in Life: My Tribute to The One Who Left

A Purpose in Life: My Tribute to The One Who Left
The last of my father’s four siblings, his younger sister Shirley/Sara, died last month in Israel. Since she moved there with her husband Benny in 1947, I didn’t really know her other than on her sporadic visits to the States and on my two visits to Israel. She was a family myth, the one who... Read more »