Happy New Year...oops, I mean Valentine's Day!

This display greeted me when I walked into the Clark and Howard Dominick’s on New Year’s Day. “Gee, you guys don’t waste any time,” I said to the guy with the Dominick’s shirt on. He looked like he was still putting the Christmas/ New Year’s decorations away. I’m still getting used to the fact that... Read more »

Happy Anniversary, Emancipation Proclamation

I have to admit if I didn’t follow cool pages like TheRoot.com on Facebook, the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation might have completely escaped my notice. Glad I caught it and shared it on my own Facebook wall before heading out into the frozen tundra otherwise known as Chicago winter with my goofy black... Read more »

What Else Can I Do? (to stop the violence)

What Else Can I Do? (to stop the violence)
I just looked at a VERY disturbing photo on Laura Washington‘s Facebook page. I’m not going to publish the photo here because it’s too sick. I’ll briefly describe it: Two young black men in a car, slumped against each other, covered in blood, dead. The caption reads: “WAKE UP! this is the damage a AK-47... Read more »
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Did a LOT of Walking Today

Did a LOT of Walking Today
A nostalgic walk through Wrigleyville made me that much more grateful that I call Rogers Park home. I had an appointment in Wrigleyville this morning, so I hopped on the Red Line to Addison and walked a few blocks south on Sheffield. Since it was such a nice day (humid, but not nearly as hot... Read more »

North of Howard Neighbors Clean Up the 'Hood

North of Howard Neighbors Clean Up the 'Hood
People generally fall into one of two groups: those who talk about doing stuff and those who actually do it. I think it’s safe to say my neighbor Darrin Flynn falls squarely in the latter group. My biggest complaint about my neighborhood is the litter. There are too many teens, kids and uncaring adults who... Read more »

THIS Is Rogers Park

THIS Is Rogers Park
Wednesday on the Red Line. Best buddies Blake, Isaiah, and Rodrigo took turns with the ear buds on their way to the beach. Chaperone/teacher Delores Hamilton from Little People Day Care, 7428 N. Rogers in Rogers Park, kept close tabs on them and herded the well-mannered group of 7- to 12-year-olds off the train at... Read more »
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Kudos to 49th Ward Streets & Sanitation!

Kudos to 49th Ward Streets & Sanitation!
With all the complaints, gripes, moans and groans swirling around the blogosphere about public service agencies, it’s nice to be able to report some GOOD NEWS for a change! I live in a 30+ unit rental building in the north of Howard community in Rogers Park. Our garbage is collected by Flood Brothers Disposal/Recycling Services,... Read more »

It's Friday Night: Do You Know Where Your Teen Is?

When a “herd” of teenagers exploded around the corner after curfew and went tearing down the street toward the Red Line, I experienced a slew of emotions: anger (they were scaring my dog), fear, excitement—but in the end there was only one that really mattered: concern. It’s 11:30 on a Friday night. I just got... Read more »

Fire Leads to Dead Iguanas, Murder and Suicide

Fire Leads to Dead Iguanas, Murder and Suicide
So, I woke up in the middle of the night last week to use the bathroom and heard the sound of glass breaking and loud voices from the street below. Reflections of rotating lights flickered through the frosted bathroom window. Not sure whether it was a fire or if it was my building…. Hell, at... Read more »
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Honesty IS the Best Policy, Right?

Honesty IS the Best Policy, Right?
Here in Chicago some people shop at Jewel. Some people shop at Dominick’s. A&P is looooong gone. And I guess some people aren’t loyal—they shop wherever the best deals are. I’m a Dominick’s shopper. Now that I am car-less, the Dominick’s at Clark and Howard is my primary grocery store cuz it’s within walking distance.... Read more »