Archive for September 2015

How Blue Cross Blue Shield Hurts Kids with Special Needs

Shame on Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) for making life even harder for parents of kids with special needs. And shame on our country for putting up with a healthcare system that is all about profits and doesn’t give a hoot for providing either health or care. According to Crain’s Chicago Business (note, this is coming... Read more »

Writing My Book: Yikes, It's September

My writing journal is catching up with real time. This is a frightening development. September progress feels so slow – like a month-long case of writer’s block. So many distractions: my “special” birthday, new schedules to master with my local grandkids back in school, and too many Jewish holidays to count. By October, I will... Read more »

PARCC Test Fails Kids Again

Parents, brace yourselves. The results are in and only 30-40 percent of the students (depending on grade level and subject) who took the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) standardized tests last spring have passed. The Chicago Tribune describes the scores as a “troubling picture.” It’s time to start the blame game.... Read more »

Writing my Book: Summer Vacation is Done but my Book is Not

My writing journal (AKA Bridget Jones’s Diary for Seniors) for the last two weeks of August reflects a fried brain (mine) waiting for September to impose some order to life. Over the summer, I had discovered that writing a book is a process that ebbs and flows like the waves on the beach. Speaking of the... Read more »

Remembering September 11: Starting Preschool in the Midst of Terror

The children whose first day of preschool was September 11, 2001 are in high school and college now. I doubt they have any memory of the day at all, but my colleagues and I at Cherry Preschool will never forget it. Because it was what we call pre-visit day, when children come individually with parents... Read more »

Celebrating my Special Birthday

I was really anxious about turning the “Big 7-0” on Labor Day. I expected it to be a particularly hard birthday. Getting excited about this milestone had been challenging, to say the least. I was ushering in my eighth decade of life, and that meant I was officially old. So unlike turning 40, 50, or... Read more »

To the Cyclist who Almost Hit Me

September is here. National Courtesy Month. And today I was almost hit by a cyclist who ran a stop sign in front of a school. Those white street crossing lines are there for a reason. They mean STOP for pedestrians, especially during school hours. I guess hitting a grandmother walking a child to school would... Read more »