Lou Ness

A Choice Between Hope And Fear

Aug 3, 2016

The posters are down, the lights are turned off, and weary yet energized delegates return home, ready to take to the streets.

Both parties arrived on the national scene at the end of a very long primary to select their candidates and to reveal their platforms.

I watched both conventions and was struck by the significant difference in tone, organization and quality of speakers.

In fairness to candidate Trump and his team, the Clinton team has a long history of planning campaigns, networking into broader diverse groups and a line-up of dazzling presenters.

It's Time For Silence -- And Action

Jul 14, 2016

I used to be a professional singer. Five nights a week I filled rooms with melodies. Occasionally my voice would tire; you could hear the fatigue in my songs. The only remedy for this tiredness was to stop singing. After a few days’ rest, the sound would once again fill the space and energy would return.

Grandkids are Great, But ...

Jun 23, 2016

As I write, I am on a third breakfast at 7:30 a.m. with two of our 16 grandchildren. The dishes are growing in the sink, and the dogs sit under the table -- faithfully waiting.

For my week vacation, we take five grandchildren overnight, ages 3-11. We look forward to this time.

Kids are a natural fit for me. Having had four biological children and many children from foster care, I am equipped to navigate kid energy and mostly love it. However I am 40 years older, and the day ends much sooner than it did long ago.

What Will This New 'Card' Do?

May 12, 2016

Heard this comment: “Hillary is only playing the woman card.”

“Unfair” is shouted from her opponents! “This race is not about gender. It’s about issues.”  

I agree; it would be lovely if we could stay on the issues. If that were true, those words would not be spoken. It is about gender.

Think about this for a minute: Is there a “woman card?” Women have had to fight for every step of personal freedom and equality, however it looks today. This has taken centuries.

There's A Lot Of Good Around

Apr 21, 2016

I am always asked if I live in Rockford, which I don't.  My house is almost paid for, and I am near most of my grandchildren, so I am staying put.  However, I love Rockford.  I have since I came here to work in May of 2010.   

  With as much chatter about what's wrong in Rockford, every day I witness acts of kindness and charity.  I find people doing simply amazing things for their neighbors and community.  It's valuable to evaluate and reshape the vision of the future, but to wipe out the good in the present can be demoralizing.