Archive for July 2017

On holograms, stabilizing neighborhoods and the wolf you feed

On holograms, stabilizing neighborhoods and the wolf you feed
On a whim, I recently attended a workshop on ways to strengthen my long-term financial profile.  What I learned was more than just the factual info slated on the agenda.  It reminded me that we all have “glass-half-empty” and “glass-half-full” elements to our personalities.  The side which is likely to grow and guide your life... Read more »

When violence is all around you should you live or just exist?

When violence is all around you should you live or just exist?
Since Saturday, I’ve been wanting to write to you about the “monumental thing that happened to me” on the way home last week.  I was excited to tell you and I wanted to share with you the information.  But every time I try to think of the best way to say it my mind can’t... Read more »

A monumental thing happened on the way home last night

Title:  A monumental thing happened on the way home last night   Last night, I had plans to visit Ravinia.  I had been eagerly anticipating this live concert/picnic-style trip since the weather started to turn the corner toward summer.  My summer tradition is to pick up my free tickets from Chicago Public Library every year... Read more »
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Like everything else there are many sides to squatting

Working title: Do squatters help or hurt challenged neighborhoods?, Pt. 3 My friends laid out for me the reasons why they believed squatters have the right idea after my question in the previous post: They talked of the critical shortage of affordable housing in Chicago (in livable condition). They talked of the overabundance of properties... Read more »

Give that squatter a prize!

Give that squatter a prize!
Working title: Do squatters help or hurt challenged neighborhoods?, Pt. 2 So, like I was saying in my last post, I thought I would just tell my hangout buddies about another friend who decided to become a squatter, we would laugh about it, then we would go on to talk about something else.  What actually... Read more »

Do squatters help or hurt challenged neighborhoods?

Once I was hanging out with a group of friends and I told what I considered to be a “would-you-believe?”–type story about a guy I know closely and personally.  He saw a vacant/foreclosed house in a nearby suburb, committed an unauthorized entry, and started to fix it with the intention of moving his family in. ... Read more »
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Wishing you financial freedom this Independence Day

Wishing you financial freedom this Independence Day
By now your holiday is in full swing.  Deliciously seasoned meat smoke is wafting up to the barbecue heavens.  Tables everywhere are spread with fresh fruit, pasta salad, spaghetti, corn and baked beans.  The kids are running around like insane trained assassins using water as a lethal weapon.  Cans and bottles are being cracked open... Read more »