Category: life style opinion

Why Facebook Ghost Accounts are a Good Thing

Why Facebook Ghost Accounts are a Good Thing
Recently, I joined a writers’ group in which many of us have talked about creating memoirs. Some take the form of poems and others range from the comic to the poignant. What they share is a desire to leave something behind for our children and grandchildren to understand our lives and the lives of those... Read more »

When a Mass Shooting of College Students is Not Breaking News

When a Mass Shooting of College Students is Not Breaking News
On April 30, a young man with a gun opened fire in a classroom at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, killing two students and injuring four. This story was not breaking news on cable television, which continued to drone on about Barr’s expected testimony and other political news. Nor was it front page... Read more »

Immigrants, They Get the Job Done

Immigrants, They Get the Job Done
That’s a huge applause line from Lin Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton. We are a country of immigrants. Despite what @realdonaldtrump says, we do have room for more immigrants, and we need them to keep our country strong and productive. Recently, chimney damage caused water to pour down a bedroom wall and ruin part of a hallway... Read more »
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Fancy Hotel Makes Me an April Fool

Fancy Hotel Makes Me an April Fool
I’ve rarely been a patron of fancy hotels. As a kid, my family took long car trips and all five of us shared a room in a very basic motel. You know the drill, two double beds and a cot squeezed into a small room. A bathroom with one sink and a bathtub/shower. When we traveled... Read more »

How Cheating Hurts Those Who Really Need Help

How Cheating Hurts Those Who Really Need Help
Granted, it is very unfair that rich and famous parents could bribe college officials, cheat on their children’s test scores, and create fake sports credentials to get their kids into elite colleges. The college admissions scam, Operation Varsity Blues, has dominated the news, probably because some celebrities (Lori Loughlin, Felicity Huffman) were caught in its... Read more »

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 »
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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 »

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 »
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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 »