Archive for September 2012

Would you friend your doctor on Facebook?

Would you friend your doctor on Facebook?
While I was a patient at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, this doctor was the Neurologist on call.  She came to my room everyday, answered questions and kept me informed.  We talked about yoga and she promised I would see her in one of my classes one day.  She gave me her card and urged me to... Read more »

Q & A with a Women Who Lives with Multiple Sclerosis

Q & A with a Women Who Lives with Multiple Sclerosis
Suddenly everyone seems to know someone who has MS that is running marathons or raising tons of kids.  It is very reassuring to hear so many success stories.  Still, I needed to hear that from an actual person that is living with MS. Technically I have not yet been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.  One must... Read more »

Five Ways to Celebrate the Autumn Equinox

Five Ways to Celebrate the Autumn Equinox
Somewhere between the strike and the hospitalization, autumn has bestowed herself upon us. I’m never one to welcome the end of a carefree summer, yet this year it seems to arrive appropriately. My garden is droopingly thirsty and I wore a jacket for the first time today. Now that fall is here, I’m inviting it... Read more »
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It Doesn't Get Easier Once You Leave the Hospital

It Doesn't Get Easier Once You Leave the Hospital
From the bottom of my heart, I want to send a sincere thank you to each of you that commented, messaged, emailed, texted, called and prayed for me.  I truly felt all of the love and it was eye opening how many people know someone who has experienced Multiple Sclerosis or a similar scare at... Read more »

How I Ended Up in This Hospital Bed

How I Ended Up in This Hospital Bed
“Good Morning! Time for me to take a few vials of blood.”  The nurse cheerfully woke me up.  I snuck a look at my phone expecting to see the numbers 8, 9 or at least 7.  Nope – it was 4 a.m.  Morning?  That does not qualify as the morning. Apparently at the hospital it... Read more »

An Interview with CPS Chief Education Advisor Barbara Byrd-Bennett

An Interview with CPS Chief Education Advisor Barbara Byrd-Bennett
Bright and early this morning before negotiations began, I spoke with Barbara Byrd-Bennett, Chicago Public Schools Chief Education Advisor.  She has been sitting at the negotiation table for four weeks now and I’m a grateful she took time to speak with me. Barbara Byrd-Bennett is an experienced educator, supervisor, administrator, researcher of public urban education... Read more »
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Chicago Public School's Strike: Why Haven't We Heard from the Teachers?

Chicago Public School's Strike: Why Haven't We Heard from the Teachers?
This week Chicago classrooms are overflowing with excited kids, apprehensive parents and committed teachers.  Mayor Rahm Emanuel is in Charlotte at The Democratic National Convention with fifty Chicago police officers. The teachers are dedicating long hours to set up their classrooms in an organized rhythm for the year ahead.  They haven’t spoken out on how this... Read more »

Paul Revere Park: The Conclusion of My Quest to Explore Chicago Parks

Paul Revere Park: The Conclusion of My Quest to Explore Chicago Parks
At the beginning of the summer I introduced a series, Breaking Down Chicago Parks One by One. My daughter and I (this week joined by my son) visited a different park in the city of Chicago each week and shared the good, bad and parking situation of each playground. The past weeks we explored Welles Park, Adam’s Playground, Holstein Park, Berger... Read more »

A Letter to My Boy on The First Day of First Grade

A Letter to My Boy on The First Day of First Grade
Dear Son, This morning I squeezed your hand and hugged you tight as I watched you walk into your classroom.  I know you were nervous to be at a new school with new faces, but your confidence reminded me how much I learn from you every single day. I’m glad you couldn’t see my tears... Read more »
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