280 Characters On Twitter, You Say?

280 Characters On Twitter, You Say?
I started using Twitter in 2007. I was an “early adopter.” I loved the way news was shared and conversations took place. I don’t think I even had a Facebook account, because it was limited to those with an .edu email. Soon, it was filled with people I admired — on and off the platform.... Read more »

How The Dismantling Of DNA Info And Chicagoist Hurt Us All

How The Dismantling Of DNA Info And Chicagoist Hurt Us All
I have a friend who doesn’t like DNAinfo, because she feels like all the articles really are subtly aimed at gentrifying neighborhoods and are yes men for developers and the like. She has always encouraged people to always look for an alternate source to a story. I really respect her opinion, so I did my... Read more »

"Well, You Know, He Just Seemed Kind Of Rape-y ..."

"Well, You Know, He Just Seemed Kind Of Rape-y ..."
My headline is nothing that seems out of the ordinary for anyone female-identified. We know what that means, we know what kind of man is “rape-y.” We cringe at the thought of the conversations we’ve had to endure with this man — the overbearing body language, the ignorance of personal space, the smarmy jokes and... Read more »
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What Happens In Las Vegas Does NOT Stay In Las Vegas

What Happens In Las Vegas Does NOT Stay In Las Vegas
I can’t believe that my current writing hiatus is ended by a post about ANOTHER *white* man slaying tens of people with a gun. I can’t believe that no matter how clear it is we need to re-visit our policy on guns, people will bring out the tired old straw man that I am trying... Read more »

"Paulie, We Did It!" -- Winning With Paul Defiglia

"Paulie, We Did It!" -- Winning With Paul Defiglia
My first Avett Brothers show was at the House of Blues on a cold March night in 2010. We were pretty far back in the venue, so I was straining to see the four men on stage. They didn’t make it super difficult, as they were jumping and yelling, and bringing a level of energy... Read more »

Charlottesville: If You're Silent, You Are On The Side of Nazis.

Charlottesville: If You're Silent, You Are On The Side of Nazis.
Yesterday, the world watched as “white nationalists” marched through the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia, to protest taking down a statue of Robert E. Lee. To paraphrase a friend on Facebook — Since when do we celebrate losers in this country? Lee lost the Civil War. The Nazis lost WWII. It isn’t about patriotism, it’s racism.... Read more »
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That's It: No One Gets To Be On The Road

That's It: No One Gets To Be On The Road
I have no idea if the Divvy by that building in my neighborhood was a result of someone visiting that day, or if the person who was riding it was so drunk they couldn’t get themselves home, but didn’t think about the whole “returning the bike to Divvy” part. Either way, it amused me when... Read more »

Why "We Are Not Accepting New Patients" Is Literally Driving Me Mad

I guess a lot of people would just say it’s my own fault. I should get a better paying job. I should get a job with insurance. I should, should, should — I’m tired of getting should on by society, truth be told. If all of those things were that easy, don’t you think that... Read more »

Why The U.S. Government Can Never Get Rid Of The Penny

There has been much talk in the last 10 or so years about abolishing the penny. That it costs more to make than it’s worth. That no one cares about them. That it would just be better to round everything up or down (you know it’s gonna be up). For me, the penny is so... Read more »
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May It Last: A Reflection Of The Avett Brothers

May It Last: A Reflection Of The Avett Brothers
I’ve been listening to the Avett Brothers since 2010. Not as long as some people, but long enough. I think seven years is a good amount of time to experience a band. I’ve been fortunate enough to get to see them a little over 25 times, as well. Again — I have friends who have... Read more »