Archive for 2016

Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton Inspires Kids to Learn History

We Should be Teaching our Kids More History in School My ten-year-old granddaughter and her peers have moved on from Harry Potter to Hamilton. Although she hasn’t seen the play, she loves the music and the story behind it. And this has motivated her to ask questions and read more about American history. Right now,... Read more »

Winter Officially Begins Today – Thinking About Poverty and Money

Every week, my granddaughter and I drive down Clark Street into Andersonville to an appointment. And every week, there he is, approaching cars stopped briefly at the red light hoping for money. I have never seen anyone roll down the car window to give him anything, but I guess someone must because he claims this... Read more »

Election of 2016: Worse than 1968? Worse than Watergate? Maybe.

Like many of us who lived through the horrors of 1968, culminating in Richard Nixon’s presidency and Watergate, I ask myself if the election of 2016 feels even worse. My children are extremely upset, and I am not about to dismiss their anxiety the way my father did mine.  On November 22, 1963, I was... Read more »

Warren Cherry: Trump, God, or Obama?

Every year for the past twenty-four years, I take the portrait of Warren W. Cherry, for whom Cherry Preschool is named, to the four-year-old classes. While the children have noticed this picture in the school’s front hall, only a few of them know who it is. I do this to keep his name alive and... Read more »

The Greatest Meal is the One I Share with my Family

Although I complain about the chaos and my inability to come up with a menu everyone will eat, the greatest meal I’ve ever had is any meal I shared with my children and grandchildren. Because only one set of children and grandchildren live near me, looking around the table at everyone happens about once a... Read more »

Thanksgiving Tribute to the Cherry Preschool Founders: There Were no Selfies Then

When the founding board of Cherry Preschool held a reunion to reminisce in advance of the school’s 25th anniversary, we made a surprising discovery. There was not a single photo of the board and staff that worked tirelessly to create the early childhood program. So we took a new photo and joked that it was... Read more »

The Zoo That is our Health Care System

What kind of health insurance policy is there for a divorced mother of three, working for a small business, receiving no support from her unemployed ex-husband, with a child who has a chronic illness? If you said none, you are correct.  There is no reasonable health care plan for this family and for millions of... Read more »

Some Thoughts About Yesterday's Election

Today is the anniversary of two huge historical events in Germany: the opening of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, in 1938. Because it is also the dawn of President-Elect Donald Trump’s era, the irony of these anniversaries really hit me. On November 9, 2016, I woke after maybe... Read more »

Why You Must Vote Tomorrow

It took almost 150 years to get to the point where all of us eighteen and older have the right to vote. And yet, going back to 1828, usually around 60 percent of those eligible actually vote. Since 1972, that number has fallen to closer to 55 percent or less, with the exception of 2008.... Read more »

Bad, Bad Leroy Brown – Memories of a Simpler Era

Last week, ChicagoNow had its monthly writing challenge, “Blogapalooza,” with the topic “Pick a song that has special meaning to you and explain why.” I’m rarely able to participate, either being not home or asleep during the appointed hour for posting. But when I read Mary Tyler Mom’s Bad, Bad Leroy Brown: The Funeral Recessional... Read more »