A Few Things I Need To Tell You, Chicago!

I moved to the City of Chicago from Joliet many years ago mainly because I was paying an arm, leg and an ass cheek commuting to and from work. My career was here and houses were cheap at the time, so I stayed. I’ve made friends, started a family and have learned the culture. The... Read more »

Taking a Break Is Okay (Regardless of What Everyone Tells You)

I have returned from a writing hiatus and I feel pretty good. Everyone was wondering what the hell happened to me and why I just stopped. The truth is: Life had sort of burnt me out. I was literally doing everything for everyone else that I forgot how to do things for ME. The realization... Read more »

A Meatless 20 Days: Facing Reality

Today marks 20 days of not eating meat and I am at a crossroads. The challenge was initially set for 22 days as I’ve heard that it takes about that long to break a bad habit. During this time, I became a pescatarian, or someone who eats fish but no other forms of meat. The... Read more »

I'm Giving Up Meat, Not Becoming a Suicide Bomber: Cut Me Some Slack

January 1st, I decided to give vegetarianism a try.   Some years ago, for about a 14 months, I gave up meat cold tofu.  I was incredibly thin but not necessarily healthy as I really didn’t do it the right way.  I ate a lot of grilled cheese sandwiches and just other variations of crap... Read more »

My New Years Resolutions-Edited Many Times Over

#5. Less Time For B.S. No longer will I waste my time with people that are doing nothing for me. Sounds selfish, but I like being selfish. #4. Eat Less Meat…Or None. A long time ago, I went a whole year without eating meat. Sounds like hell, right? WRONG! I felt absolutely awesome..my hair grew... Read more »

Megyn Kelly, White Santa & Surfer Jesus

The media has been ablaze with remarks regarding the comments of Megyn Kelly from her Fox show. According to her, Santa and Jesus are white. She has declared it so it shall be. Really… If we’re talking about good ole St. Nick from Greece…he was probably not as white as Megyn Kelly assumes him to... Read more »

Top 5 Holiday Gifts For Children That Are Free

The holidays have snuck up on us and we feel forced to buy lavish gifts for the children in our lives.  As a mom to a two year old, I’ve fallen prey to the “I want” monster going through any hellfire to get any toy she desires.  Yet, when I catch myself reaching into my... Read more »

Those We Have Left Behind: Veterans Day Reflection

My father, a Navy vet,  viewed Veterans Day as a day of reflection.  He talked about being injured in the Korean War.  He spoke about racial discrimination among officers even in the distribution of work on the ship: Minority sailors were forced to do the hardest tasks while whites were given days off of the... Read more »

10 Reasons To See "The Family" At The Movies This Week

10 Reasons To See "The Family" At The Movies This Week
If there is anything you need to know about me, you should know this: 1. I love the movies but enjoy them more at a cheaper price. 2. I love seeing any movies in which Robert De Niro has a key role. I took in “The Family” at the Icon Theater on Roosevelt.  Icon is... Read more »

Overheard On The Southside: Fall Failure

“If only he would start paying for me to get my hair done, I could stay in school.” Akira, Hyde Park. “How much time are we going to spend here so I know when to kill myself?”  Walmart, Bedford Park “Mayweather is going to beat Canelo like a piñata, only difference is there’s no candy.” ... Read more »