Category: life style opinion

What We Can Do for our Kids in a Pandemic

What We Can Do for our Kids in a Pandemic
Clearly, our kids are hurting during this pandemic. One of the most poignant reminders of the pain experienced by students locked out of their normal lives is a three-minute film, Numb – a short film, created by Liv McNeil. McNeil admits that, “I for sure haven’t been enjoying quarantine, but some have it worse. We... Read more »

Selling a Great Home at a Bad Time

Selling a Great Home at a Bad Time
When we bought a condo and then put our beloved home on the market, we had no idea what lay ahead. Perhaps we should have paid better attention to the pending signs that COVID-19 was coming to our neck of the woods. All we could think of was how sad we were to let go... Read more »

Evanston Neighbors, Please Shovel Your Walks

Evanston Neighbors, Please Shovel Your Walks
Last winter, I wrote a post Winter Hazards: Clear Sidewalks Make Good Neighbors to complain about a house next to a preschool and on the way to an elementary school whose owners don’t shovel their walk. I guess the owners never received a citation from the City of Evanston, and this winter is a rerun... Read more »
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I’m a Sucker for The Nutcracker

I’m a Sucker for The Nutcracker
Nothing says holidays for me better than hearing music from The Nutcracker. The ballet, with a score composed by Peter Tchaikovsky, debuted 127 years ago today. The critics and audience hated it and Tchaikovsky died less than a year later, never knowing what a classic it would become and how many versions of it would... Read more »

New Parking Rules for Evanston

New Parking Rules for Evanston
Trick or Treat. Judging from the number of ticketed cars I saw driving all over Evanston recently, entire streets on which every parked car had received a citation, most people were tricked and the city treated itself to tons of extra revenue at the expense of residents who were unaware of another new parking rule.... Read more »

The Chicago Teachers Strike, Museums, and Economic Disparity

The Chicago Teachers Strike, Museums, and Economic Disparity
On Monday and Tuesday of last week, during the Chicago Teachers Strike, we took our grandkids who were visiting from Indiana during their fall break to the Science and Industry and Field museums. My husband was worried they would be crowded due to the strike, but sadly, I knew better. Taking three kids, ages 13,... Read more »
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Getting a Real ID Driver’s License Will Drive You Crazy

Getting a Real ID Driver’s License Will Drive You Crazy
Our daughter warned us. She needed to take half a day off from work to renew her license and get the Real ID version that will be required to board an airplane in a year. She arrived when the facility opened and joined a line snaking around the building. Four hours later, she left with... Read more »

On the 18th Anniversary of September 11: Remembering the Power of Community and Caring

On the 18th Anniversary of September 11: Remembering the Power of Community and Caring
On every anniversary of September 11, I think of the power of community and caring. My memory of that day is forever linked to the early childhood educators of Cherry Preschool, who were a caring community trying to manage their own terror to welcome young children and comfort their families on the first day of preschool. Those... Read more »

Guns in America: Thank You Walmart

Guns in America: Thank You Walmart
Yesterday, Walmart took some steps that our Senate and President have refused to take, despite so many tragic gun deaths and mass shootings. It will discontinue selling handgun ammunition Shoppers are no longer welcome to openly carry their guns, even in states that allow this practice. Short barrel rifle ammunition, including the .223 caliber and... Read more »
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Immigrants and The Statue of Liberty

Immigrants and The Statue of Liberty
When Emma Larzarus wrote her poem The New Colossus in 1883, which was inscribed on a plaque on the Statue of Liberty in 1903, contrary to what the Trump administration would have you believe, she was not thinking of “people coming from Europe” who had the means to support themselves. She was writing it for people like my grandmother,... Read more »