How to change this mad, mad world

A CNN Headline: “House passes bill that could limit Syrian refugees” On ABC: American Killed in Mali Attacks Was Mother and Peace Corps Volunteer In a recent polling survey, GOP voters were invited to describe their top candidate, Donald Trump. They say he’s an “idiot,” a “jerk,” or “stupid” and another 6% describe him as... Read more »

Kim Davis, Christianity, And Gay Marriage Rights - A Former Pentecostal's Thoughts

Look, I understand the anger against Kim Davis and I get that bashing her for refusing to give marriage licenses to same-sex couples is the “in thing du jour” but before you have your hey day, I encourage you to step back and examine your own lives. Have you ever lived in an ultra-conservative community... Read more »

Oklahoma Republican Party Compares Welfare Laws To Park Animal Feeding Policy

Dear Oklahoma Republican Party, Imagine the look on my face when I woke up to this yesterday morning: No. Just, no. 24 hours after you published it, you retracted your statement with a very brief (read: half-assed) apology but that’s a little too little, a little too late. You see, most of us know better,... Read more »

Blogapalooz-hour Topic: My Tomorrow

Tonight’s exercise? Write about my tomorrow. Not figuratively. Literally. Okay, confession time: I wasn’t going to do this exercise. I’m not a celebrity. I’m not a jet setter. I’m not a criminal. I detest conflict. I’m not rich. I’m not broke. In general, my day’s pretty … you know… average. So what is there for... Read more »

Fort Lauderdale DIDN'T ban feeding the homeless!

By now, I assume many of you are familiar with this guy: This is Arnold Abbott, a 90 year old homeless advocate in Fort Lauderdale. All around the country, media is splashing headlines: 90 YR OLD ARRESTED FOR FEEDING THE HOMELESS! Florida Activists Arrested For Serving Food To Homeless! …on and on and on the... Read more »

Letters To A New Mom: Sage Wisdom From A Long-Time Mama of Five

Mama of five? What-the-what? It’s true, my friends. I have five children, I’m a former private music teacher, professional story teller, and youth group director. I’m also a “parent and baby focused” business owner and a professional super nanny. I wear many hats. Most of them are related to parenting and children. So I guess... Read more »

The Invisible People - Would You Notice If One Of Your Relatives Was Homeless?

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When I first saw this video, I wanted to scream, “THIS!! THIS!! THIS IS WHAT I’VE BEEN TRYING TO TELL PEOPLE FOR THE PAST FIVE YEARS!!” Have you seen it yet? It’s the brain child of New York City Rescue Mission (more information can be found at ) and it drives home the message... Read more »

Fear and Strength (How I Found Success After Losing Everything)

  Suffice it to say that November 2007 – November 2008 was not my year. I’m tenderhearted. I hate conflict. No, really. I H.A.T.E it. But in November, 2007, when my second husband left me, sold our car for cash and defaulted on our house payments, then left the country after “falling in love” with... Read more »

How To Make A Difference (Just One, One, One)

Neighboring The Neighborless. When I began this blog, I had visions of motivating large crowds of people (a la Tony Robbins) to take some sort of flash-mob-like action, bringing shoes and clothes and food to the down-and-out in Chicago. I mean, that’s how it works on the YouTube videos we see, right? Who wouldn’t want... Read more »

Angels in Lower Wacker and Everywhere Else

There’s been a lot of talk lately about Patrick Angelo, recently dubbed “The Angel of Lower Wacker Drive,” thanks to a great article/photo gallery in the Chicago Tribune that you can see here: Lower Wacker Drive Angel  Dr. Angelo is one of thousands of angels with huge hearts in this great city, Chicago, who make... Read more »