Archive for April 2017

To the Airline Industry: We are Watching You

I wish I could totally boycott air travel. If I can get to my destination via car or train or bus in a reasonable amount of time, I will always choose that over dealing with the airline industry. I made a list about why I have come to loath air travel, even before United decided... Read more »

On the Second Anniversary of my Mother’s Death

Sheryl Sandberg has a new book about grief and the loss of a loved one. She calls it Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy, and its goal is to help people recover the death of someone they loved and find happiness. Today marks the second anniversary of my mother’s death, and I... Read more »

Taxes and Public Education: A Memo to President Trump

In my community of Evanston, Illinois, we paid our taxes today. We also voted in a recent referendum to raise our property taxes to support our local schools. Was this an easy choice to make? Not really, as many of us are folks who are just getting by. But because our state and federal government... Read more »

Happy Siblings Day

Today is my brother’s birthday, so I was searching old family photos for one of his baby pictures to post on Facebook. But it is also Siblings Day, so how could I leave my baby brother out of the celebration? As the three of us have become seniors, orphans, and grandparents, the squabbles and feuds... Read more »

The Evanston Referendum: A Community That Cares About Children

No one wants to pay higher taxes, but yesterday 80 percent of those who voted in our local election said YES to a $14.5 million property tax referendum to support Evanston/Skokie District 65 public schools. At a time when our country seems to be motivated by greed and self-interest, in my community folks gave their... Read more »

Evanston/Skokie District 65 Needs to Vote YES on the Referendum

Imagine you are part of a middle class family. Two working parents, two kids, a modest home. Now imagine one parent becomes unemployed. Tough choices will have to be made. Most likely, there will be no vacations or activities that cost money. No new clothes. No restaurants. No cable. Evanston/Skokie District 65 public schools may... Read more »