4 Indicators You are a Bad Friend

What makes someone a bad friend? I recently thought about this question for two reasons. The first one is because an old friend and former roommate texted me saying that he saw my brother’s face on a billboard outside of PENN station and felt like my brother was glaring at him specifically for being such... Read more »

The McLaughlin Group and Catholic Worker: On Display Today

The McLaughlin Group and Catholic Worker: On Display Today
“Write about a book or publication that is special to you or has had a big impact on your life.” A few months ago, on a Sunday afternoon, I was walking down the long hallway at the E Street Cinema, rushing to find  theater number four, when I saw Eleanor Clift and her friend walking... Read more »

Exploring Concepts of Care and Community: 100 Interviews in 100 Days

Having spent the last two years researching Medicare reimbursement policies, the Affordable Care Act and other health care issues as part of my work at a communications agency, I’m convinced that care cannot be only about insurance or payment or access. I set out to find some answers but came up with five questions instead: What is care?... Read more »

3-Legged Race with God, Thanks Joseph Sikora

Debilitated by excitement! What an awesome feeling, but like all awesome feelings, nothing that comes next can measure up. Flying into Chicago after a very full and successful week at work in Washington, DC and meeting up with a beloved friend for work, was a dream come true. Our mission: shoot photos and do interviews... Read more »

The Daily Commute

Waking up in my new studio apartment, as my eyes opened by themselves and then closed as I chose, I recounted each bedroom since my childhood room on East Circle Street where my eyes had ever gotten to be themselves. I went on a journey around the world, opening my eyes in a youth hostel... Read more »

Eating: Order or Disorder

The question posed to me was “What eating habit do you have that others might find strange?” Most people have really strange eating habits. I once dated a woman who only consumed diet Mountain Dew and yogurt flavored Balance Bars. A friend of mine loves to eat raw liver and another one lives on saki... Read more »

Acclaimed Chicago Actor Devoured by Hedda Gabler

MTV Cribs was such a popular show because it brought the general public into the homes of rock stars and celebrities. We could glimpse into worlds that weren’t ours and probably never would be. Sometimes though, an episode portrayed relatable experiences, like when we went inside Redman’s crib and found his cousin living on his... Read more »

Beauty: Nothing You Have to Say

Not having anything you have to say is a beautiful thing that others may not understand. Walk into a conference room and you must have a message to deliver or colleagues and clients will be suspect of you. Sit down in a bar where you don’t know anyone and if you don’t have something to... Read more »

Moment: A play by Deirdre Kinahan that premiered at the Steep Theater in Chicago now being performed at Studio Theatre in Washington DC

Studio Theatre’s production of “Moment,” written by Deirdre Kinahan and directed by Ethan McSweeny, invites its audience into the intimacy of an Irish family’s silent struggle just as it’s about to explode. Most of the action takes place around the kitchen table of the Lynch’s modest home in a Dublin suburb. If you were a... Read more »

Hollywood and the ‘N-word’

Hollywood and the n-word go way back. They are old friends. You don’t get one without the other. That n-word is ‘No.’ Hollywood is an institution based on exclusion. At one time or another people were excluded because of race, religion, politics or most often, not having the right look. That look can be based... Read more »