Happy July 4!?


Oops. Got busy yesterday!


I’ve always appreciated this holiday — I’m a baby boomer and grew up in a neighborhood of men who did outrageously brave things like storm Normandy, survive the Battle of the Bulge and cross the Pacific for their country. Not that they talked about it, but the mom’s did.

On every 4th, we had parades and parties, and it was clear every adult was grateful to be there—in one piece, with a new family, a job, a huge Chevy. People were happy and proud with good reason.

Decked in red, white and blue celebrating a 4th where we were all proud.

Fast forward 50 years.

Today’s New York Times headline is, “North Korea says it successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile. Experts say it could be capable of hitting Alaska.” The word “expert” is particularly bothersome. I believe the New York Times.

In the meantime, the man elected POTUS…

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I didn’t understand why Donald Trump isn’t being called a traitor and charged so. Then everyone far smarter than me reminded me it’s the Republican party in agreement. And many add it’s Obama who would probably have long been in jail.

Sounds like the GOP is growing more of a conscience over time, so who knows, maybe Trump will end up in handcuffs one day. It will break Twitter.

America IS already great, DT. But you and your cronies are destroying it for the majority who don’t want to be associated with such ignorance and shamelessness. Remember the popular vote number?

No one can ever explain to me why the GOP is such wusses. Yet another reason I’d never vote to make their America Great. It’s becoming arrogant, embarrassing, crass. Like its leader. 180 degrees from the lies he spewed while campaigning. And that’s not problem enough?

It’ll be interesting…

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IL Gov. Rauner’s Ads?



He claims they have nothing to do with the 2018 primary — one year from now. As if it’s not off-putting enough to see the Governor in a plaid shirt presumably in his garage in endless ads that I’d love to be collecting the cost to run.

Announced in the news lately is that IL would be the first state ever downgraded to junk bond status. But he says not to worry. He’s intent on decreasing taxes and increasing jobs. And lowering property taxes. How do you do that? Wonder how many companies want to make home base in a junk bond state. How many will get great tax incentives? I’ll bet plenty. But not to worry he’s going to decrease property taxes, remember?

“No more duct tape,” he claims. He’s going to reform our fiscal policies and our schools. I think his mission is to throw out the Chicago…

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This Thanksgiving Reminder: We Reap What We Sow


The time may have come where we should face the reality of our history.

I’ve done lots of reading lately since I cannot stomach the news. I began revisiting my dog-eared copy of Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States, a classic bestseller infamously fought against allowing in the classroom because it’s researched and written from the bottom up. It’s POV and story is from the words of American’s women, factory workers, Native American’s, the working poor, immigrant laborers, etc.

In other words, it’s not our history as recalled by white men in suits.

And it’s a reminder that this country began ugly. What our original settlers did to Native Americans was atrocious. And it remains barbaric. When you build something on rot, lies and savagery, when everyone from Columbus to the Puritans committed genocide under the term of “progress,” you have to ask why we would expect those in power now to be any different? Even the Cubs winning the World Series can’t offset the angst of knowing enough US citizens justified electing a misogynistic, racist, tax-dodging sexist pig as president of our country. It actually makes me wonder how so much positive and humanitarian work actually gets accomplished. But having just “celebrated” Columbus Day and Thanksgiving upon us makes me think it’s time to end these myths.

Let’s start in grammar school classrooms. The truth should be taught, and maybe then our children will begin to understand how important it is to respect others’ resources and people who originate from another country. Maybe they will learn to find ways to live and work together sincerely.

Until then….you perpetuate a myth long enough and it should be no surprise that you elect a reality TV president. This isn’t the White Republican Man’s country in any other way than through coercion. The time has come to stop pretending it is. When you build something on a rotten foundation, you cannot make things right until you fix the foundation.

In 1877 an informal Arizona army surrounded and attacked a peaceful Apache camp, killing and mutilating 144 harmless Apaches, capturing 29 of their children and selling them into slavery in Mexico. Just because. That nugget from The Children of the Camp Grant Massacre is from delanceyplace.com, a site providing daily short excerpts of noteworthy non-fiction content relevant to what’s happening in the world today. We did that in 1877. How many kids know about this before we sit down to celebrate Thanksgiving together?

Isn’t it time to teach the truth? Like our lives depend on it? Come on. Let’s push for the right thing: teaching our children what we did right and what we did wrong. What do we have to lose? And how else do we learn?

Maybe the 1st Woman President?!


I wish I was Meghan Daum. She always writes what I’m thinking and she nailed it again in the LA Times on November 7. Her link is below.

It is a shame we can’t be excited about the prospect of the first woman president. We know Hilary comes with baggage, but experienced and prepared she is. And it’s not like her competitor doesn’t have trunk loads of issues.

I’ve waited my entire adult life for this possibility, and the excitement I and many others feel is buried under the misogyny and insanity of her opponent. She hasn’t had the opportunity to share her qualifications and debate outrageously important issues because the candidate she’s up against has made the process a circus and he’s the biggest clown.

Thirty-some years ago a woman moving up the ranks of any private or public organization was newsworthy. As if somehow being born female makes any of us less qualified to do any job a man does. Especially a white man in a suit. No one fears an intelligent female more. I didn’t get it when I began working, and I still don’t get it now.

But those of us who’ve worked twice as hard for less the salary for decades to prove we are of equal intelligence and ability as any man — we’re holding our collective breath for tomorrow.

It is a big flipping deal if Hillary Clinton becomes our first female president. I cannot overstate how hard it still is for a woman to be recognized equally to a man in an office, a meeting, a boardroom.. That notion is just nuts in the 21st century. And if she wins, our daughters will still have to prove themselves. But hopefully it’ll be a lot easier with that thick glass ceiling.shattered at last.

I hope to pop a bottle of champagne tomorrow with colleagues who’ve shared the battles day in and day out for decades. What an incredible moment in our history that would be.


I Was Wrong



Last week my post called people who back Donald Trump nasty names. I promised myself long before I wouldn’t do that, but I did and I apologize. I’m certain Trump voters include people I love and will continue to love.

But perhaps you’ll hear me out in these next few paragraphs.

People who choose public service as a career, like politicians, teachers, police and firefighters wake up every morning with a commitment to do something important and meaningful for other people. They are hard jobs that help others and don’t provide great wealth, but they have chosen these jobs because something inside of them compels them to this kind of calling.

Typically, those who run for President of the United States typically have spent decades in public service. We may not agree with their efforts, but they prove their commitment every day by trying to achieve something valuable for a child…

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