Archive for June 2016

Why the arts matter more when tragedies like the Orlando shooting happen

A few days ago, I wrote about what I say to my young son about the violence in Chicago, the city we live in.  This morning, we learned about the cruelty in an Orlando, Florida gay night club.  My 8-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son are unjustly growing up in a time when the life-damaging racism,... Read more »

What do I say to my young son about Chicago's gun violence?

My 11-year-old son has the responsibility of watering all of the plants the backyard, in pots on the deck, and in the front.  He complains each time.  But he does it.  Lately, he asks, “Who’s going to watch me in front?”  We’ve never let our kids be outside in front of our house by themselves. ... Read more »