Happy Valentine's Day to the Man with a Little Boy's Heart

Happy Valentine's Day to the Man with a Little Boy's Heart
It’s Valentine’s Day and my husband, Steve, is in bed, nursing a bad back. He’s been there for four days, off and on. This happens a lot. When you live with someone who has suffered with chronic back pain, you can’t take it personally when he can’t help with the yard or housework. Walk the... Read more »

A Voice From Inside The Dazzling Diversity of Istanbul, Turkey

A Voice From Inside The Dazzling Diversity of Istanbul, Turkey
Turkey’s geography and history are as complex and captivating as its capitol city, Istanbul. Once called Byzantium, then Constantinople, the ancient city was colonized by Greeks, conquered by Romans, and invaded by Ottomans. Straddling the Bosphorus Strait, Istanbul lies on two continents: Asia and Europe. To say it is diverse is an understatement. A Voice From Istanbul... Read more »

Dear World: Please Know There Are Many Conservative Americans Who Don't Want Trump's Vision of America Any More Than I Do

Dear World: Please Know There Are Many Conservative Americans Who Don't Want Trump's Vision of America Any More Than I Do
Like many across this country, I am angry. Sad. Sick at heart at what has happened to my America. To lessen my anxiety, I limit my news to 15 minutes of Reuters online. Vow not to be on social media or talk about politics once my tired husband comes home. It isn’t easy. I thirst... Read more »
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Following President Trump's Muslim Ban, My Commitment to Reaching Out Into the World is Stronger Than Ever

Following President Trump's Muslim Ban, My Commitment to Reaching Out Into the World is Stronger Than Ever
The America President Trump is showing to the world is not my America. And so my commitment to this blog project just got stronger. And much harder. Today, our president announced his immigration ban on Muslims from seven countries. Those countries are: Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen. To date, I have only interviewed... Read more »

I Am A Quiet Activist Whose Reasons For Walking in the Chicago Women's March Are As Numerous and Varied As The People They Embody

I Am A Quiet Activist Whose Reasons For Walking in the Chicago Women's March Are As Numerous and Varied As The People They Embody
This is my America. I was one of the 250,000 people who assembled in Chicago on Saturday morning. I am a quiet activist, though. More of an observer than a leader. Which does not mean I am any less committed to taking action and being vigilant about the things that matter to me. Things that... Read more »

A Letter of Welcome From President Barack Obama to President Donald J. Trump

A Letter of Welcome From President Barack Obama to President Donald J. Trump
 It is tradition for the outgoing president to leave the incoming president a letter of welcome. This is what I’d like to think President Obama would say in that letter.  Dear President Trump: Congratulations and welcome to the White House. I wish you every success as you assume the highest office in our country. I... Read more »
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One Mexican Citizen's Views on Life and the Great Beast to the North

One Mexican Citizen's Views on Life and the Great Beast to the North
I am honored that fellow ChicagoNow blogger, Teresa Puente, reached out to me and put me in touch with Myriam, the voice for this post on Mexico. Puente, whose blog is called Chicanisma Chicago, has had a long and distinguished career as a freelance writer, college professor, and journalist. Although she has covered many different... Read more »

Beyond the Parasol Trees: Life in China

Beyond the Parasol Trees: Life in China
It has been difficult for me, in the days since the 2016 Presidential election, to remain neutral on the state of our country in this blog. I never intended for this to be a political or societal platform. But if I am seeking honesty and insight from the people I interview, I think it is... Read more »

Celebrating My Birthday with Pearl Harbor, Donald Trump, and Hamilton

Celebrating My Birthday with Pearl Harbor, Donald Trump, and Hamilton
Today is my birthday. It’s also the 75th anniversary of I’m Pearl Harbor. I’m a Pearl Harbor baby. That’s what my father, a WWII veteran, called me all his life. A tragic event in American history that is forever part of my world. By odd coincidence, I also share this day with President-Elect Donald Trump.... Read more »
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This is My America

This is My America
As the snow falls outside my window, as the fire crackles, it is easy to feel safe. Complacent. But I am not. This past election taught me to never take the grace and beauty and strength of this country for granted. Reminded me, that it was founded on principles, not privilege. On virtues, not vanity.... Read more »