Archive for 2016

The Cubs Win and Reality Strikes

I admit to being a lifelong Cubs fan. As a native North Sider how could I not be a Cubs fan. Like so many, I grew up going to the Friendly Confines back when Ernie Banks, Mr Cub himself coined that phrase. My mother would take my brother and I on the Addison bus, packing... Read more »

Grief Changes Your Address Book

Grief changes your address book. There are welcome additions and equally welcome deletions. All of us who have found each other on this path we’d rather not walk know this to be true. All of us know a few other things, too. This grief is all bout us. We don’t want pity but being understood... Read more »

Terrorism is Our Fault

ANOTHER ATTACK IN NEW JERSEY thankfully failed and it is obviously our fault. But first, let’s see how we can make this Bush’s, Trump’s or the Republican’s fault. If all else fails, it is White America to blame. Because it could never be Obama’s fault, or worse, something about the Peaceful Political Ideology aka Islam.... Read more »
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9/11 15 Years On

9/11 15 Years On
On that bright September morning 15 years ago, no one could imagine where we would be today. For each and every one of us, the 15th anniversary of the date is personal. We all know exactly where we were and what we were doing. That is the answer to those who question the significance of... Read more »

Gold Star Father Khizr Khan, It Was Not Your Sacrifice

Gold Star Father Khizr Khan, It Was Not Your Sacrifice
Mr. and Mrs. Khan appeared at the Democrat National Convention, with Mr. Khan speaking about his sacrifice. You see, Mr. and Mrs. Khan are Gold Star Parents. Their son, US Army Captain Humayun Khan was KIA in the war on terror. Sounds like a moving moment. The emotions Mr. Khan’s speech engendered in so very... Read more »

A Letter to Combat Veterans on Memorial Day

A Letter to Combat Veterans on Memorial Day
Dear Combat Veteran, As a combat veteran, particularly if you are still in uniform, but even if you simply wear the hat people are going to thank you for your service in honor of Memorial Day. You will probably spend at least part of the National Mattress Sale Day weekend at a military or patriotic... Read more »
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A Card To My Son On Mother's Day

A Card To My Son On Mother's Day
Mother’s Day is the worst day of the year since he’s been gone. There are two others that are actually more heartbreaking, but they are private and in that there is some consolation. The day he died, the day two Army men told me what I was already told as cruelly as possible, was the... Read more »

Roads Less Traveled and Following Drums

This is another installment in the ChicagoNow Blogapalooz-Hour. As always, we receive a topic at 9:00pm, and the challenge to write about it, clean it up and publish in one hour. Tonight’s topic is “Write about a time you followed the road less traveled and it made all the difference.” “Two roads diverged in a... Read more »

Beauty in Death

This is another in the series, “Blogapalooza”. The rules are simple, at exactly 9:00pm on a predetermined date, a topic is announced. Tonight’s challenge is, “Write about something you find beautiful that you feel others may not understand”. Something sad and wonderful, tragic and beautiful happened. To many, the words wonderful and beautiful being associated... Read more »
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Truth in Pictures

Truth in Pictures
A patriotic story, or really any story, is made more impactful when paired with a visually arresting picture. And what could be more arresting than a young woman crying on a flag draped casket on a tarmac? The story behind the picture is a blank that gets filled in through the tear-blurred eyes of the... Read more »