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It's Time To Change The Discussion

21 hours ago

Tragically our nation, once again, finds itself having to deal with a mass shooting. And, once again, the arguments in favor of doing something to limit access to high-powered weapons is butting heads with the NRA and second amendment purists.

We have heard the arguments before and we will, I fear, hear them again. So let’s change the terms of the conversation.

Tips For Getting Unstuck

Feb 22, 2018

It was my turn to take our border collies for a run after our recent snowstorm dumped a foot of light, wind-blown snow.

On our four-wheeler, I realized the trail around the edges of our plowed furrows would be a challenge. I could feel my anxiety mounting as I slipped the ATV into lower gear to seek traction.

What Does Your Pledge Mean?

Feb 21, 2018

Every weekday morning, I say the Pledge of Allegiance with over 300 children.

These energetic souls attend the grade school where I teach Language Arts. They speak, collectively, over 20 different languages. They have come from countries around the world to the neighborhood across the street.

Their joys are the typical joys of children: new shoes, a handful of dandelions, birthday party plans, but their sorrows are deep and their burdens, heavy. Many come from the relentless grips of poverty, and school is a safe-haven.

We Can Make Illinois Better

Feb 20, 2018

Generations before me worked too hard, and our State of Illinois is worth fighting for.

Striking as it may be, I am not planning my exit to warmer weather, lower taxes, or in pursuit of a functional government. Illinois is my home.

I am not leaving, because I cannot abdicate my contribution. Our family has made a deliberate choice to pursue a future here, despite economics or politics. The negative environment persists, but we can stop the momentum.

Due For Special Recognition

Feb 19, 2018

Nationally since 1976, February has been Black History Month. While it’s commendable to set aside time to celebrate African-Americans’ contributions to this country, every month is Black History Month.

Truth be told, the wealth of this nation was built on the backs of African slaves, so a month is not enough. The celebration of Black History Month is a necessary corrective to the exclusive and misrepresentation of blacks in American history. It also serves as affirmation of a bold and beautiful culture passed down from one generation to the next.