At midnight in late January, a plumbing emergency prompted a trek to Home Depot, where I was disheartened to see two families with young children on a school night. Obviously, I had no idea what the family situation was, why the parents were in Home Depot at that hour, or why the children weren’t at … Continue reading Emergency-Who Watches the Children?
A degree in video post-production from Columbia College and all she gets is this lousy photo department job? The young woman at Walgreen’s photo department was discouraged. When I asked her about opportunities, she looked down and shook her head, “No. There are no opportunities.” She had sent out over 300 resumes. A natural beauty, … Continue reading Reach Out for Opportunity
In the first week of Barack Obama’s big win, I talked with bus drivers, passengers and people at the bus stop and many others. During most conversations, I choked up with gratitude and a profound sense of hope for our country. I am grateful to the tireless, dedicated grass roots organization that got this done. … Continue reading Hope of the World Rests With Obama
Do you live next to a jackpot and not even know it? You might. Back in 1972 when he was about 18, Bob, now a gifted carpenter, introduced himself to Hans, who lived across the street. In his late 80’s, Hans was a semi-retired master wood lathe turner. So skilled was he that his former … Continue reading The Lathe That Got Away
Rarely does my morning commute bring a gift. I raced off the Irving Park bus to catch the Pulaski bus, but my lunch-homemade lasagna, a birthday gift from my beloved nephew– stayed behind. A fellow commuter responded to my cry of disappointment and asked if I had enough money for lunch. Initially, I brushed aside … Continue reading Bus Rider’s Gift of Compassion
Bring a crow bar if you want to pry me out of my neighborhood, once I get there. Many of us yearn to come home to a social life within house slipper distance. Now that I’m divorced and in my 50’s creating an active social life takes far more effort than I care to expend. … Continue reading House Slipper Distance Community