Coming To Terms With The ACA ... It Really Is Affordable Care

I started this post last week and got a good percentage of the way through … and Robin Williams died. Then Ferguson. Then the Ice Bucket Challenge. It’s been a hell of a week. I was a huge supporter of Obama. Honestly, I still think he’s a good guy working in a shit system. There’s... Read more »

An Apology For Naysaying The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. It’s a sensation that’s sweeping the nation. It was created to raise awareness for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis). And people are loving it or … hating it is a strong word … let’s go with the old school “dissing.” The premise is you film a video of yourself being doused... Read more »

The Air And Water Show: A Dilemma

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The Air and Water show has descended upon Chicago. The first year I lived in Chicago, I was lying in bed and heard these HUGE planes flying above my house. Not only did they sound fast, but they sounded LOW. They sounded like something very bad was happening. What I didn’t know was that weekend... Read more »

Wake Up, America. What's Going On In Ferguson, MO, Should Scare You

#453575526 / I should be headed for bed. I’m not, because I’m reading Twitter with a vengeance. Normally, when I’m this engaged with my Twitter feed, it’s because I’m sharing in some common event and want to join the collective conversation. You know — like the Oscars, Super Bowl, other awards shows, elections —... Read more »

It's Been Over 24 Hours, And I'm Still Sad About Robin Williams

Monday night, I wrote a piece about the unexpected suicide committed by Robin Williams. I first learned of his death when a reporter called Second City asking if anyone there had ever worked with him or had a story to share. I was dumbfounded. I knew that Robin had been struggling with his addiction in... Read more »

Robin Williams Is Dead

#183741067 / That’s it. Robin Williams was found dead today. Initial reports are that he died from asphyxiation, in what may be a suicide. I don’t know what to say other than I’m heartbroken. I do know that he was addicted to cocaine for years and then got clean and sober. In recent decades,... Read more »

Instead, I Will Give Zero ...

…Fucks. There. A compromise to spare you from the word “fuck” in the headline, but not some sort of amalgam of letters and sympols so as to make it seem more palatable. I know what f*ck is. I know was assh*le is. If I’m the type to be offended by language (clearly, I’m not), I’d... Read more »

Happy Birthday, Seth Avett

Happy Birthday, Seth Avett
I am a music lover. With many things in my life, I tend toward extremes. If I am in love with a band, I’ll see them repeatedly — as much as my pocketbook and schedule will allow. My current love is the eponymic entity The Avett Brothers. The people lending their name to the group... Read more »

I Am Not An Adjective

Full disclosure: I blogged for Chicagoist for two years and loved it. I made a ton of great friends and know that the people who work there are great people. Regardless, my friendship does not exclude them from saying when I think that they’ve missed the mark. Today’s Chicagoist features a post about the ever-changing... Read more »

It's Independence Day

Everyone’s waxing poetic and politic about the 4th. Independence day, as it were. I have a lot of thoughts about this country — how I love it enough to criticize it, for instance. And how I support the troops by wanting them all home as soon as possible — i.e., now. The other day, when... Read more »