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Aretha Franklin's Funeral: Primer & Predictions

A few years ago, the Public Religion Research Institute released data that “a full 75 percent of whites have “entirely white social networks without any minority presence.”  And while that merits discussion on it’s own terms, it may also lead to confusion and a great deal of questions with Mother Aretha’s funeral services. Let’s be... Read more »

Sweetened Beverage Commercials? There Are Better Ways To Impact African American Health Mr. Bloomberg

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg seems to be very invested in protecting the African American population of Cook County from slowly killing ourselves with sugary drinks. Per Forbes Magazine, he is poised to spend another $3 million dollars in advertising in support of the unpopular tax on sweetened beverages on top of the $2... Read more »

A Mosaic Story Of Woodlawn

The outline and beginning mosaics of the 65th Street viaduct panels.
The folks who completed this beautiful mosaic last year on the Marquette Road are replicating their magic on the 65th Street viaduct this summer.  Last week I strolled down to check in on their progress.

I Can't Get A Second Chance But You Can Learn From My Experiences

Last week I was fortunate enough to celebrate another birthday. Now that I am a woman of a certain age in her late 40’s I tend to take stock of where I am, where I’m going in life and where I want to be. Most people would like a second bite at the apple.  To... Read more »

I Just Wasn't Joking, Shady Neighbors Do Exist

Remember what I wrote about shady neighbors? Behold, real life evidence of #7 on my list. A few days ago the dumpster was in its proper place by the alley.  It was seemingly moved to facilitate someone’s need to take out their trash without actually schlepping down to the dumpster like the rest of us.... Read more »

#SaveTheShrine: The Shrine Still Needs Your Donations

Despite the great new from the Archdiocese yesterday, the Shrine still has a great deal of money to raise for the building’s full restoration. Estimates for the full restoration have been given in the $3,000,000 to $6,000,000 range. While fundraising for the stabilization of the building has exceeded the $680,000 mark, much more money has... Read more »

An Imperfect Holiday

An Imperfect Holiday
I’ve resigned myself to the fact that I won’t have a perfectly styled home for the holidays. Scratch that—it won’t even be painted. Of course I had a grand plan.  The fireplace was to be taken out, walls were going to be patched and then I’d get most everything painted. As the saying goes, the... Read more »

The Holidays Are Here!

In less than 10 minutes the mad rush towards the 2015 holiday season begins. I for one am thrilled. Out with ghouls and goblins, in with snow globes and glitter!   If you liked this post, “like” I Hate My Developer on Facebook Type your email address in the box and click the “create subscription”... Read more »

The Dochester Botanical Garden Is On Twitter

The Dorchester Botanical Garden is now on Twitter. Check out the latest goings on with the construction of east Woodlawn’s newest garden.

The Backyard Garden: The New Beds

The largest of the new beds during wedding and soil prep.
This spring some of my neighbors’ zeal for gardening didn’t quite resurface and I was lucky enough to inherit their neglected beds. In all, I picked up a larger rectangular bed and a smaller square bed. I wasn’t quite sure what I would plant in the larger one until a friend had an overabundance of... Read more »