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One Perfect Day-A Conversation With Andrew

One Perfect Day-A Conversation With Andrew
Once again, ChicagoNow is holding a “Blogapalooza”. We are given a topic and one hour in which to write. This month’s assignment was, “Write what your perfect day would be like, either in reality or fantasy”.   My perfect day would be bright and clear, with a warm sun but the temperature wouldn’t matter. If... Read more »

Where Did I Go?

It has been six weeks exactly since my last post. I’ve gotten some really nice notes checking to see if I’m okay, and a few asking where my commitment went. Some of the later aren’t referring to my silence, but I’ll get back to that. Others have attempted to commiserate along the lines of, ‘It... Read more »

James Foley Is All Of Us

James Foley, a US journalist was murdered by the cowards of ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, alternatively known as ISIL, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. What these savages did to James Foley is what they want to do to every man, woman and child in this country. This is... Read more »

I Miss Me

I Miss Me
This post is part of a group assignment from our community managers. We were given a topic and one hour to write, edit and post. Though this is the 11th installment of what is known as “Blogapalooz-Hour” it is the first time I’ve participated. The directions were simple – “Write about a person, place or... Read more »

Illinois Freedom Run to The Middle East Conflicts Memorial Wall

Illinois Freedom Run to The Middle East Conflicts Memorial Wall
The Illinois Freedom Run this Saturday, June 21st is one of the biggest and best motorcycle runs and patriotic events in the country. Beginning at the Grundy County Fairgrounds at 10:15am, the run fills Route 15 south of I-80 into Marsellies, ending at the Middle East Conflicts War Memorial on the banks of the Illinois... Read more »

PTSD vs Normal Emotional Reactions

PTSD is often considered an abnormal emotional reaction to war. War causes an emotional reaction, of that there can be no doubt. But emotional reactions are not necessarily PTSD. Emotional reactions are most definitely not a sign of mental illness. In fact, they are a sign of sanity. To understand the difference between normal and... Read more »

Q & A with a ChicagoNow blogger: Kourtney Peagram of Bully Boot Camp

This post is part of a ChicagoNow group project. We were paired with other bloggers and told to interview each other. I received Kourtney Peagram, founder of Bulldog Solution Inc. and author of Bully Boot Camp as my assignment. I want to take a moment to thank our Community Managers, Jimmy Greenfield and Shavon Banket for... Read more »

The Sins of the Veterans Administration

The sins of the VA are legion. Denying claims as policy; stalling appointments until those pesky claimants simply die to avoid giving them care; treating those fortunate enough to get in the door like trash; intentionally destroying paperwork to appear to have cleared the backlog of unprocessed claims, the list of transgressions goes on and... Read more »

Military Appreciation Month 2014-Updated 5/4/2014

May is National Military Appreciation Month, but what does that mean? According to, this is the month in which “the President makes a proclamation, reminding Americans of the important role the U.S. Armed Forces have played in the history and development of our country”. In the eyes of many, it has become just another... Read more »

Check Your IPASS Mine Is Broken

IPASS and the Open Toll system in Illinois is as broken as the roads. At least when it comes to my individual transponder and account. Whether that statement applies to yours is something you’ll have to investigate. Word of warning – make sure you have plenty of time, lots of patience and maybe a few... Read more »
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    Denise Williams

    Born and bred in Chicago, now living in the wilds of far suburbia. I'm a Gold Star Mom, a wife and step-mom to two terrific boys. My views are generally politically and socially conservative, though I am far from a Party line Republican. I believe in this country, our Constitution and above all, in the right of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I believe our government is supposed to serve the people, not tell them how to live. To me, this is just common sense, but since it seems to be a minority opinion, it has become "Uncommon Sense".

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