Category: Community

BOOK REVIEW: Star Trek - The Klingon Art of War

BOOK REVIEW: Star Trek - The Klingon Art of War
Two things have kept me busy in the past few months: new employment and Star Trek. Reengaging with past Star Trek series (mostly Deep Space Nine and Enterprise) has reminded me how much the franchise has affected my life as well as inspired several Star Trek-themed blog posts). So I came across The Klingon Art of War (not an affiliate link), I was curious... Read more »

Above the Waves: Improving Student Mental Health Through Technology

Above the Waves: Improving Student Mental Health Through Technology
(Special thanks to Ryan Hesslau of Above the Waves for his time and insight) Even before the current COVID-19 pandemic, high school and college students have many issues connecting with mental health services. Despite current statistics around youth and adolescent mental health issues from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institute for Mental... Read more »

Meet Your Neighbor: Ladder Up & Get My Payment Illinois Coalition

Meet Your Neighbor: Ladder Up & Get My Payment Illinois Coalition
Despite reports of a possible second round of Economic Impact Payments, many Illinois residents have not even received their first payment. Although $266 billion has been paid out to 158 million households, many individuals who need financial help in the wake of COVID-19 have been unable to access stimulus payments. Recently, we spoke with Christine... Read more »
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EVENT: Raks Inferno 6/26 Fundraiser for Lighthouse Foundation

Kamrah - Photo by Peter Serocki
(Special thanks to Dawn Xiana Moon of Raks Geek for her efforts and her contribution to this post). This past week, I posted my interview with Karlyn Meyer of Lighthouse Foundation focusing on their work with the black LGTBQ+ community in Chicago. Although I briefly mentioned an upcoming fundraiser, I wanted to provide more information.... Read more »

Meet Your Neighbor: Lighthouse Foundation

Meet Your Neighbor: Lighthouse Foundation
(Special thanks to Karlyn Meyer for her time and insights) In its first year of existence, the Lighthouse Foundation has driven several successful initiatives ranging from assertive advocacy to developing a mutual aid fund to benefit the black LGTBQ+ community. Recently, I spoke with Board President Karlyn Meyer (my old colleague from the Chicago Nerd Social Club) about... Read more »

Five Lessons I Learned Finding Remote Work

Five Lessons I Learned Finding Remote Work
Recently, I experience a major change in my COVID-19/caregiving lifestyle: I was hired for remote work. Job seeking during the pandemic has been challenging, but the transition back into remote working has been much easier than I would expect. My experience freelancing and caregiving helped me develop my skills, but my transition into remote work... Read more »
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Meet Your Neighbor: ChicagoMutualAid.net

Meet Your Neighbor: ChicagoMutualAid.net
After several months of lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic, many Chicagoans are still facing great financial stresses. Services ranging from the Chicago Public Schools’ meal program to the CTA have been shut down or closed, and many coronavirus relief funds and mutual aid resources are either empty or require updates. With many Chicago residents requiring further... Read more »

Caregivers, COVID-19, and Rethinking "Normal"

Caregivers, COVID-19, and Rethinking "Normal"
Nothing could have prepared me for what my mother said that Thursday afternoon. As her caregiver, I had grown accustomed to unexpected health issues.  She had been experiencing some severe issues which included a sore arm and back pain; she and I had both agreed that she might have had a small heart attack. So... Read more »

Raks Inferno 5/15 Fundraiser: Asian Americans Advancing Justice

Raks Inferno 5/15 Fundraiser: Asian Americans Advancing Justice
(Special thanks to Dawn Xiana Moon of Raks Geek for bringing this to our attention) In the wake of COVID-19, there has been a significant increase in racist and xenophobic attacks on Asian-Americans. In March, a Chinese-American man was attacked in Naperville, and their city council meeting highlighted further racist attitudes. In an effort to counter these... Read more »
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Meet Your Neighbor: Illinois Legal Aid Online

(<Special thanks to Terri Ross and Marcin Gulik of Illinois Legal Aid Online for their time and insights) One of the consequences of COVID-19 has been an increased reliance on legal assistance around issues like unemployment, immigration, and landlord/tenant issues. Engaging the legal system can be intimidating, and language barriers can make the process even... Read more »