The Renaissance in You

  I know that this has been a year of great struggles, loss, and adjustment. So, my saying Happy Thanksgiving may seem inappropriate this year. But if you are reading this, I am grateful. If you could think for a moment of all that you have done this year to protect yourself, to protect your... Read more »

Around the Wringer Washer Machine

While I grew up my grandmother Hannah Baker Tarrant took care of me. She lived in Trumbull Gardens, a housing project on the Southeast side of Chicago. I spent my first five years there with her (during the late ’60s and early ’70s.) On certain designated days, she would do her laundry in the basement... Read more »

Skyway, Snow, & Sundays

I got a text at 5:30 a.m. from my Mom: There’s a storm coming, you might want to leave early. My Dad has been in a hospital in Indiana for the past month. He is on the mend. I try to see him every weekend. I have a small car, so snow is not a... Read more »

When Divine Flows

It was 5:30 a.m. and I was grabbing a cup of coffee to start the day. A day of all days, as my daughter was preparing to get married. Where had the time gone? So many memories, so many achievements, and interesting twists and turns. I had already made an outline of the speech I... Read more »

Restorative Justice Brings a New Mayor to the City of Markham, Illinois

There’s a new mayor in Markham, Illinois, and he is making history. Longtime Markham resident, former fire chief for Markham and current fire chief for suburban Country Club Hills, Roger Agpawa won the mayoral election 15 months ago back in April 2017 with more than 70 percent of the vote. He was not able to take his... Read more »

A First Amendment Day of Reckoning for Florida, Now is it Chicago's Turn?

When Fane Lozman of Riviera Beach City, Florida was arrested for alleged disorderly conduct at a city council meeting, he filed a federal lawsuit.  His lawsuit claim was that his arrest was more about retaliation for his criticism of public officials than about his conduct at the council meeting. According to the Lozman lawsuit, the arrest... Read more »

One for the Money, Two for the Show...

Three to make ready. And four to go. On Thursday, May 31, 2018, a much anticipated press conference was held in Springfield, IL. But let me back up a little.     In February of this year Ms. Maryann Loncar reached out to me at my former workplace, Project Six. I interviewed Ms. Loncar and consequently... Read more »