Archive for September 2016

Park School Has a Playground its Students Can’t Use

Have you ever tried pushing a twenty-five pound child in a stroller through sand? It’s comparable to pushing a ten-year-old in a wheelchair through a playground with a wood chip surface. You’d better be really strong. This is just one of the challenges the playground of Park School presents for staff trying to get students... Read more »

Hillary Clinton and The Smart Girl in the Room

I’m only a couple of years older than Hillary Clinton. Like her, I grew up in a middle class suburb in the Midwest. So I get it. Back when we were growing up, it was considered bad form to be the smart girl in the room. Listening to Morning Joe just now while I exercised... Read more »

The Diamond Necklace

My mother wore it until they took it from her in the hospital before she died. I remember when my grandmother received it. And now it’s mine. Three generations of women have worn the necklace. My mother added a small stone to the bottom (now the middle). And I combined it with the stone my... Read more »

Park School Community Creates A Mural for All to Enjoy

There is a building located at 828 Main Street in Evanston that many people used to pass by without recognizing it was a school. But now, an amazing mural catches their attention. The Park School community created the mural: Sixty students with significant special needs, their families, their teachers and support staff, and their friends... Read more »

This morning I turned off the news

A guest blog post by Paul Levine (who happens to be my little brother) This morning I turned off the news, which for me is a lot to say. While not totally obsessed, I have been continually tuned in, watching and listening to national news since Walter Cronkite’s daily lament about the war in Vietnam.... Read more »

Fifteen Years Ago: September 11 at Preschool

What follows is an excerpt from my book Terribly Strange and Wonderfully Real... The kids whose first day of preschool was September 11, 2001, are in 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... Read more »

Bikes and Cars and Buses…Oh My

Bikers, don’t hate me for writing this. I admire your commitment to physical fitness and the environment. I just don’t want to see anyone get hurt as we all have share the roads. And I fear in its zeal to be a bike-friendly city, Evanston has made some decisions that just don’t make sense. The proliferation... Read more »

Baby Boomers: World War II Ended Seventy-one Years Ago Today

Today marks the seventy-first anniversary of the official end of World War II. On September 2, 1945, Japan formally surrendered aboard the U.S.S. Missouri, anchored in Tokyo Bay. Five days later, I arrived. What follows is an excerpt from my book Terribly Strange and Wonderfully Real about why I chose to identify with the post-war... Read more »