Category Chicago

All is not calm; all is not bright

Thanks to Christian Century for publishing this piece about the violence many Chicago teens know all too well.

Moment of Silence

Saturday evening’s events, as reported in the Chicago Tribune… “A 6-year-old boy and his mother were killed Saturday in a multivehicle wreck on Lake Shore Drive that injured two other people, authorities said. The Chicago boy was taken to Lurie Children’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 6:21 p.m., according to the Cook County medical […]

…And An Alley Cat Shall Lead Them

It’s been quite the 6 weeks of traveling, event planning, writing, life and death at the hospital, job interviews, family fun (and dysfunction), and other such adventures. Last week I returned home to my own bed, own washer and dryer, own kitchen, own shower (did I mention my own bed?!) for the first time in […]

Cash Cab

The day began with the typical Chicago early morning travel adventure: Cab wasn’t there at the time I’d requested the night before, I called the company, agent said they’d call me back, received text that cab was 10 minutes away, cab arrived 20 minutes later, and while in the cab I received a text stating […]

World’s Flair

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra kicked off its Keys to the City Piano Festival this week, and the first night included the works of Gershwin, Mozart, and Ravel, and featured pianists Cyrus Chestnut and Orli Shaham. Some of the most talented musicians in the world accompanied each other on stage to share the common language of […]

The Great Fire of Chicago

During the past two weeks, I encountered two more teenagers who are victims of gang shootings in Chicago. Both bound and loyal to the “don’t snitch” code. Both not revealing any information about gang names, signs, streets, or members. Both lucky to be alive. Both children whose mothers got the call from the police that their […]