Archive for March 2016

Someone I Love Has Cancer

I have two younger brothers but have always wished I had a sister. That’s not really true. I do have one, but she happens to be my cousin Annette. And now she is battling lung cancer that has metastasized to her bones. This is so unfair. Annette and I grew up like siblings. I’m pretty... Read more »

Saying Goodbye an Old TV

I just bid farewell to what was once a marvel of technology, our 32 inch Panasonic TV. Back in 1999, we thought she was state of the art, but now she had become something difficult to discard, and new technology beckons. We had to bump her down the stairs on a dolly, all 125 pounds... Read more »

Income Inequality: Jennifer Aniston Should Fly Coach

Have you seen the commercial for Emirates Airlines with Jennifer Aniston? If you have, I’m sure you know why it pushes my fairness button. In it, Aniston is the poster child for income inequality. She faints when she discovers she is flying first class on an airline with no shower or bar. Poor girl. Just... Read more »

Scientific Proof That Kids Need Recess

At her elementary school science fair, my granddaughter explained her poster and experiment with the great fervor an almost ten-year-old can muster. She and her friend, who is in California on a family sabbatical, decided to prove once and for all that recess improves learning, or at least puts students in a receptive mood so... Read more »

Opt Out of PARCC: Eight Reasons My Family Decided Skip this Test

In our cash-strapped state that has no money for actually educating our children, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is launching an investigation into the reason families and children opted out of taking last year’s Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test. Perhaps if I share the reasons why my... Read more »